Nothing settled as Camden Hills, Waterville forge tieVisiting Purple Panther surge back from 5-2 deficit
Rockport — After outscoring opponents 20-1 in surging to two straight dominating wins to begin the new season, the Camden Hills ice hockey squad proved it could score nearly at will and, perhaps more importantly, keep opponents in check offensively.
The Windjammers continued their fine scoring form on Saturday night, Dec. 14 against visiting Waterville, however, the hosts' defense was not as sharp and Camden Hills had to settle for a 6-6 overtime tie with the Purple Panthers at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
Camden Hills is 2-0-1 on the young season and Waterville is 1-0-1.
James Annis and Jack Orne scored two goals apiece for Camden Hills and Grayson Szumilas, Simon Lydon both one. Annis, Kieran Lydon, Simon Lydon and Szumilas added assists for the hosts.
Camden Hills led 2-1 after one period and 4-2 after two. In fact, the Windjammers held a 5-2 advantage in the third stanza before the Purple Panthers tallied four straight goals to take a 6-5 edge. Orne's goal late in the period forged a tie and overtime.
“In the first two periods and to begin the third period, other than a few turnovers that resulted in goals for Waterville, the team played reasonably well with good support and layers," said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “Waterville never quit. They pushed the pace down three goals in the third period and we did not respond well to it. We got off our game, allowed Waterville to score four unanswered goals, three of those goals in just over a minute and half. We were able to tie it up shortly after Waterville took the lead. Then it turned into a frantic game with a weird and unusual illegal equipment stick penalty to finish the overtime."
In OT, both teams played with desperation to tally the game-winner with strong scoring chances, Enroth said. With the faceoff in the Waterville end and just over a minute remaining in the extra frame, the Purple Panthers called timeout and during that stoppage in play challenged the hockey stick used by a Camden Hills defenseman. The stick was ruled as being broken and used during earlier play so Camden Hills was assessed a two-minute illegal equipment penalty.
Waterville managed the puck into the Camden Hills end, but the Windjammers did a solid job of icing the puck several times on the penalty kill in the final 30 seconds of OT to preserve the tie.
Camden Hills outshot Waterville 50-40, including 14-7 in the first period and 15-8 in the second. The Purple Panthers held a 16-13 edge in the third and 9-7 advantage in OT.
Jet Magri made 34 saves, including 12 in the third and nine in OT, in net for Camden Hills. Kaleb Kane finished with 44 stops, including 12 each in the first and third periods and 13 in the second, between the pipes for Waterville.
Camden Hills was 1-of-7 and Waterville 0-of-3 on power-play opportunities.
The Windjammers were whistled for five minor penalties for 10 minutes and the Purple Panthers called for eight minors and one game misconduct for 26 minutes.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 12:26, goal — S. Lydon (assist James Annis). S. Lydon, on the back door right side post, one-timed the puck into the net.
W 1-1 at 6:37, goal — Zach Disch (unassisted). Disch intercepted a Camden Hills breakout pass and fired a hard slap shot from the blue line point.
CH 2-1 at 4:22, goal — Annis (assist K. Lydon). Annis scored on a wrap around wrist shot from the high slot.
W 2-2 at 12:16, goal — Nick Denis (assist Chris Lee). Camden Hills turned over the puck at its blue line and N. Denis broke in on the goalie and scored.
CH 3-2 at 11:51, goal — Annis (unassisted). Annis converted a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
CH 4-2 at 6:27, goal — Orne (assist Szumilas). Szumilas and Orne attacted the Waterville zone and Szumilas found Orne, who shot past the goalie.
CH 5-2 at 13:05, goal — Grayson Szumilas (unassisted). Szumilas shot from the right slot.
W 3-5 at 11:56, goal — N. Denis (assist Dalton Denis). D. Denis won the faceoff back to N. Denis, who shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past the goalie.
W 4-5 at 5:33, goal — Andrew Roderigue (assists Tommy Samson, Michael Oliveria). Roderigue shot past the goalie.
W 5-5 at 4:15, goal — Roderigue (assist Lee). Waterville worked the puck low to high and Roderigue scored on a shot from the blue line point.
W 6-5, at 3:47, shorthanded goal — D. Denis (unassisted). Camden Hills turned the puck over on the power play and D. Denis scored on a wrist shot from the low slot.
CH 6-6 at 3:18, power-play goal — Orne (assist Simon Lydon). Orne skated through the high slot and fired a shot past the goalie.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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