Talent abounds on ice for young Camden Hills
Rockport — The following is a synopsis for the 2012-13 Camden Hills Regional High School ice hockey team:
Coach/years coached current team: Karl Enroth, fifth year
Last year's record/playoff information: 10-7-1, fourth in Western Class B. The Windjammers lost to No. 5 Yarmouth 7-6 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Stephen Hand (forward), Cal Robbins (defenseman) and Evan Neilson (defenseman); juniors Sean Beacham (forward), Nicholas Bennett (defenseman), Parker Lawson (defenseman), Jack Orne (forward) and Grayson Szumilas (forward); sophomores James Annis (forward) and Simon Lydon (forward); and freshmen Riley Andrews (forward), Jonah Cameron (forward), Nicholas Czuchra (forward), Austin Gallant (forward), Zachary Hand (goalie), Gunnar Hilt (forward), Jet Magri (goalie), Chase Matteo (forward), Matthew Prescott (defenseman), and Nicholas Tassoni (defenseman). The Hands are brothers.
Outlook: The Windjammers, fresh off their first home playoff game in school history, are "cautiously optimistic" of their chances to remain competitive in Western Class B, said Enroth, before the team roared to high-scoring victories in their first three regular-season games.
The Windjammers have proven goal scorers in Orne and Szumilas, while Stephen Hand, Annis and Lydon all "look like they are ready to take their games to the next level," the coach said. Enroth said Robbins and Lawson likely will anchor the defense, while the freshmen goalie tandem of Magri and Zach Hand will be counted on to adapt quickly to varsity action.
On a team sporting 10 freshmen, there will be plenty of fresh faces on this year's squad.
"Consistency and taking care of the details will be important to some of our younger, inexperienced players as they develop," said Enroth. "In the first few weeks of practice and preseason games we have been doing a lot of teaching and getting our guys to focus on systems and being hungry for the net."
York, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth and Greely of Cumberland, the defending state Class B champion, will be among the top teams in the region, with the Windjammers looking to secure their second straight playoff appearance and third in four years.
"Overall, we have a solid group of returning talented hockey players and the younger players are energetic while learning their roles at the varsity level," said Enroth. "Even though we have been overlooked in some of the state high school hockey previews, if we can put it together playing hard, smart, execute the team game, and weather the storms, we could surprise some people this season."
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