Slick ice domination of foes continues for Camden HillsUnbeaten Windjammers remain No. 1 in Western Class B
Rockport — Not to jinx the team, but the way the Camden Hills ice hockey squad has dominated most opponents this season, it makes one wonder, could this be the year the Windjammers put their first regional and state championships on ice?
While that may appear to be getting ahead of ourselves, the Windjammers have shown progression in recent years, ultimately knocking on the door of winning a title during that time and have battled all foes tooth and nail this winter en route to a 7-0-1 record and the number one seed in Western Class B.
Camden Hills' latest dominating victory was 11-2 over visiting York on Saturday night, Jan. 11 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
In eight games this season, the Windjammers have outscored opponents 59-15, with four shutouts. While there is plenty of hockey left to be played, Camden Hills could be poised for ice greatness in 2013-14.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (7-0-1, 23.0270) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
Messalonskee of Oakland (7-0, 34.2593, first in Eastern Class B) is the only other unbeaten Class B team in the state. The Windjammers play at Messalonskee on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
On Saturday night at MRC, Jack Orne recorded a hat trick with three goals, while Simon Lydon and Nick Czuchra both added two and Grayson Szumilas, James Annis and Jonah Cameron all one. Szumilas chipped in two assists and Simon Lydon, Chase Matteo, Orne, Austin Gallant and Annis all one.
“Nice to be back playing a home game at MRC after almost a month away," said veteran Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "We got up early in the game and never really gave some of York’s dangerous offensive players much of a chance to make a difference tonight.
“We got multiple contributions from different players tonight, which will be important for our team going forward into the second half of the season."
Camden Hills held a 42-20 edge in shots, including 16-8, 11-5 and 15-7 in the three periods.
Between the pipes, Jet Magri made 18 saves for the Windjammers and Eric Lindbom 31 for York (2-5).
Camden Hills was 1-of-3 and York 1-of-5 on the power play. Camden Hills was whistled for five minor penalties for 10 minutes and York three minors for six minutes.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 11:25, goal — S. Lydon (assist Szumilas). Lydon received a Szumilas pass and scored off the right back door post.
CH 2-0 at 10:25, goal — Czuchra (assist Matteo). Czuchra wrap around skating from left to right behind the net to right post.
CH 3-0 at 8:00, goal — Orne (unassisted). Orne scored on breakway.
York 3-1 at 6:27, goal — Adam Janetti (assist Jim Orso). Janetti received a centering pass from Orso in the mid slot and shot over the shoulder of Magri.
CH 4-1 at 4:49, goal — Szumilas (assist Simon Lydon). Szumilas skated through the low slot from left to right.
CH 5-1 at 4:39, goal — Orne (unassisted). Orne shot from the slot.
CH 6-1 at 10:55, goal — S. Lydon (assist Orne). Lydon at the top of the crease one-timed a centering pass from Orne.
CH 7-1 at 0:33, short-handed goal — Orne (assist Szumilas). Orne scored on a breakaway as he skated down the left wing side. He got to middle ice and slid the puck on his right forehand past the reach of Lindbom.
CH 8-1 at 12:10, short-handed goal — Annis (unassisted). Annis, forechecking down the left wing side, skated into a York turnover and backhanded the puck past Lindbom.
York 8-2 at 11:29, power-play goal — Derek Neal (unassisted). Neal shot from the right goal line.
CH 9-2 at 6:50, goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas forehand shot.
CH 10-2 at 2:59, goal — Czuchra (assist Gallant). Gallant cycled the puck back to Czuchra who stuffed it into the net off the right post.
CH 11-2 at 1:44, power-play goal — Cameron (assist Annis). Cameron rebound shot over the left pad of Lindbom.
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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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