Plenty of goal power, sturdy defense, skill for Camden Hills
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Camden Hills Regional High School ice hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Karl Enroth, sixth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 14-4, No. 2 seed in Western Class B. The Windjammers defeated No. 3 York 8-4 in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Greely of Cumberland 7-1 in the regional final.
Roster: Seniors Sean Beacham (defense), Parker Lawson (defense), Nicholas Bennett (defense), Jack Orne (forward) and Grayson Szumilas (forward); juniors James Annis (forward), Simon Lydon (forward), Josiah Simko (defense) and Luke Noonan (defense); sophomores Jet Magri (goalie), Nick Tassoni (forward), Chase Matteo (forward), Austin Gallant (forward), Gunnar Hilt (forward), Nick Tassoni (defense), Jonah Cameron (forward), Riley Andrews (forward), Matthew Prescott (defense) and Zach Hand (goalie); and freshmen Kieran Lydon (forward) and Perrin Ganter (forward).
Known graduation losses: Stephen Hand, Evan Neilsen and Calvin Robbins.
Significant impact players: Orne, Szumilas, Lawson, Simon Lydon, Annis and Magri.
Team strengths: Experience, depth at the forward position and team speed.
Team goals: To get better every day, play hard, play together, play smart and have fun.
Top league/regional opponents: Greely, Gorman, York, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, Kennebunk, Maranacook of Readfield and Leavitt of Turner.
Outlook: It is safe to say that after last year's trip to the Western Class B final — the first in the school's history of the sport — the Windjammers will no longer be looked at as the upstart underdogs this season. Orne and Szumilas are proven goal scorers while Annis and Simon Lydon also are capable of putting points on the board and will help the younger players along this season.
Enroth said the key to success for his club will be simple: "Staying energized, focused, and motivated to get better will be important as well as learning from our shortcomings,” he said. “[And] remaining true to doing the little things, finding consistency and structure within the team game.”
Lawson will anchor the Windjammer defense, while Magri and Hand are the team's netminders.
Enroth said the ultimate goal is a state title, but, in the short term, the Windjammers will focus on getting better and stronger each time they touch the ice.