Quick start, victory for Camden Hills in first gameSzumilas' hat trick leads young Windjammers to season-opening win
Yarmouth — The young Camden Hills ice hockey team carried its strong play from the preseason into the regular campaign with an inspired season-opening road performance against host Yarmouth Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Travis Roy Ice Arena.
Grayson Szumilas recorded a hat trick — and added an assist — to lead the offensive charge for the Windjammers en route to the 5-2 victory.
The Windjammers put the game out of reach with a strong second period, that included three goals, two from Szumilas.
Camden Hills outshot Yarmouth 40-27, including 12-6 in the first period and 15-8 in the second. Both teams took 13 shots in the third period.
Jet Magri made 25 saves in goal for the Windjammers and Red DeSmith 35 stops between the pipes for Yarmouth.
Camden Hills was 0-of-1 on the power play and Yarmouth 1-of-4. The Windjammers was whistled for five minor penalties for 10 minutes and Yarmouth two minors for four minutes.
"We did a good job of bearing down and forcing the play on them for significant stretches of the game, especially during the first and second periods," said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "Grayson Szumilas led our attack with the natural hat trick and goalie Jet Magri made some key saves in his first varsity hockey game.
"In the third period, Yarmouth came at us very hard, increasing their intensity level and we were able to weather the storm to get the win. Overall, a solid win in our competitive Class B West [region] for our young team that has 12 new players this season "
In the first period, Camden Hills applied pressure on its forecheck for the majority of the stanza. Yarmouth went on the power play at 3:35 and the hosts had good zone time initially, but Camden Hills prevented Yarmouth from getting into a good shooting position. Camden Hills forced a turnover on its penalty kill forecheck and scored on Szumilas' shorthanded goal.
In the second period, Camden Hills tallied three goals in a four-and-a-half-minute span to take a 4-0 cushion. Yarmouth responded late in the period with strong scoring chances, but Magri made key saves to prevent Yarmouth from scoring.
The third period proved intense, with Yarmouth gaining momentum as it made a push at the Windjammers. Yarmouth did pull within 4-2, but Jack Orne's empty net goal at the end sealed the win for Camden Hills.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Szumilas, CH, 2:00 (shorthanded goal, Stephen Hand assisting). On the penalty kill, the forecheck forced a turnover. Hand generated a shot on net and Szumilas was there to poke the loose puck into the goal.
Second period — Szumilas, CH, 11:24 (Orne and Parker Lawson assisting). Lawson and Orne kept the puck alive in the Yarmouth end, with Orne, under pressure, creating a shot from the high slot. The puck hit the post and Szumilas knocked in the side rebound. Szumilas, CH, 8:40 (Cal Robbins assisting). Szumilas skated out of the penalty box toward center ice and received a long stretch pass from Robbins. Szumilas skated in on a breakaway, faked Desmith and shot the puck into the net on his forehand. Jonah Cameron, CH, 7:00 (James Annis assisting). Cameron poked in a loose puck from the side of the goal.
Third period — David Clemmer, Yar, 10:09. Clemmer skated into an errand pass attempt through the high slot and his shot beat Magri. Issac Dearden, Yar, 2:11 (power play, Max Watson and Walter Conrad assisting). Yarmouth moved the puck around the Camden Hills end with Dearden scoring on a snap shot from the right faceoff circle. Orne, CH, 1:02 (empty net, Szumilas assisting). Szumilas and Orne managed the puck out of their end and Orne outraced a Yarmouth defender down the left side and shot into the empty net.
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