Puck stops here: Camden Hills stays unbeaten with 3-0 winWindjammers continue to slide along with another impressive victory
Augusta — The unbeaten, highly-ranked Camden Hills ice hockey team has proven all season it can skate off with a victory in a variety of ways, including using a potent offense, a locked-down defense or in high-scoring and low-scoring games.
And the Windjammers proved on Saturday night, Dec. 28 at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault that they also could persevere in a contest when the opponent's goalie figuratively "stands on his head" to keep the puck out of the net.
Camden Hills maintained its early-season unblemished record with a dominating 3-0 win over host Gardiner on Saturday night.
This season Camden Hills has outscored opponents 39-7, with three shutouts.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (4-0-1, 5.6931 points) is third. Gorham (4-1, 9.1821 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
In Saturday's game, Simon Lydon, Jack Orne and Grayson Szumilas tallied goals, while Szumilas added two assists and Chase Matteo and Orne both one for the Windjammers.
The Windjammers outshot the winless Tigers (0-5) 36-9, including 12-6 in the first period, 12-3 in the second and 12-0 in the third.
Zach Hand made nine saves in the Windjammer goal, including six stops in the opening period, and Brad Moore was sensational toiling between the pipes for the Tigers, stopping 33 shots — 11 in each period.
The Windjammers were whistled for two minor penalties for four minutes and the Tigers six minors for 12 minutes.
Camden Hills converted 1-of-5 power-play opportunities, while Gardiner was 0-of-1.
“Gardiner goalie Brad Moore had a outstanding game, said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "We hit the post several times, and added some more near misses around the net front, so the goals were hard to come by tonight. However, our players stayed with the game and we were fortunate to get three goals tonight, which was enough to win.”
The coach said he was "very pleased with the discipline and defense that the players showed tonight throughout the game. Despite their goalie playing great and having a lot of near misses scoring offensively we stayed disciplined, taking only two penalties throughout the game and we continued to pressure the puck hard throughout the game. We were defensively responsible, limiting Gardiner to just nine shots for the game and, more importantly, no shots on our net in the third period. Discipline and defense is what allowed the team to win a game like tonight."
Orne gave the Windjammers a 1-0 lead on a breakaway goal about 5:30 into the opening period. The Windjammers applied more offensive pressure throughout the period, but Moore prevented more goals with several key saves to keep the score 1-0 after one period.
In the second period, Moore maintained his stellar play and Gardiner did a nice job clogging the prime scoring areas to keep the score close despite the Windjammers increased zone time in the Gardiner end of ice. The Windjammers got their second goal just after their successful penalty kill with Szumilas scoring on a nice pass from Matteo.
In the third period, Simon Lydon scored a power-play goal with just over 10 minutes to play to create separation on the scoreboard. The Windjammers continued to do a solid job of pressuring the puck and buckled down defensively, not allowing any shots on their net throughout the third period.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 9:42, goal – Orne (assist Szumilas). Szumilas moved the puck to Orne who out raced a defender skating down the left wing and breaking in alone on the net. His wrist shot sailed over the glove of Moore.
CH 2-0 at 4:32, goal – Szumilas (assist Matteo). Szumilas chipped a puck past a Gardiner defenseman in the neutral zone at the same time as Matteo, on the left wing, side skated into the offensive zone. Szumilas and Matteo skated in on Moore with give-and-go passing from Szumilas to Matteo and then Matteo to Szumilas for the goal.
CH 3-0 at 10:14, power-play goal – S. Lydon (assists Szumilas, Orne). Lydon tipped in a shot from the blue line point.
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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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