The puck stops with high-charging, undefeated WindjammersNo. 1 Camden Hills continues to score at will, play solid defense
Dover, N.H. — The time has long passed to start taking the Camden Hills ice hockey team seriously — very seriously.
In fact, for a season that began for a young team with somewhat understandably muted expectations by some observers has turned into a historical campaign, one that might turn into a serious regional and state championship quest.
The Windjammers, who have 12 freshmen on their 20-team roster, have started the 2012-13 campaign 10-0 and continue to be ranked first in Western Class B.
The team has dominated most foes and pulled out victories against other opponents.
That domination continued Monday, Jan. 21 as Camden Hills defeated host York 9-3 at the Dover Ice Arena.
"This is the first time in our program's history that we have beat York at their home rink," said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "We have had some tough games here in recent seasons."
How dominant have the Windjammers been this season? Camden Hills has outscored foes 74-23 in 10 games, an average of 7.4 goals per contest.
Against York Monday, Jack Orne wore the hat (trick) with three goals, while Stephen Hand added two and Cal Robbins, Simon Lydon, Grayson Szumilas and James Annis all one for the Windjammers.
Hand, Evan Neilson, Szumilas and Jonah Cameron all added two assists and Parker Lawson, Matt Prescott, Orne, Robbins and Lydon all one.
The Windjammers set the tone early with four first-period goals.
"We definitely brought our skating game to start," said Enroth. "We got away from it in the second period, but we regrouped after the intermission and got back to what we wanted to do."
Camden Hills held a 30-23 edge in shots on goal, including 11-6 in the first period and 13-8 in the third, while York held a 9-6 edge in the second period.
The Windjammers were 3-of-6 on the power play and York 0-of-4 in the same situations. Camden Hills was whistled for five minor penalties for 10 minutes and York eight minors for 16 minutes.
Jet Magri made 20 saves in goal for Camden Hills and Eric Lindbom 21 stops playing between the pipes for the Wildcats.
Orne, a captain, netted two goals to give the Windjammers a 2-0 lead en route to a 4-0 first-period cushion.
In the second period, both teams took numerous penalties and struggled to find flow to their games. York's Derek Neal scored a short-handed goal toward the end of the second to give York hope heading to the third period.
The Windjammers got back to their skating game and scored two power-play goals in the beginning of the third to put the game out of reach. The Windjammers added three more goals and York managed a few goals for the 9-3 final.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (10-0, 40.2932 points) is first in the seven-team region. The top five squads qualify for the playoffs.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Orne, CH, 12:51 (unassisted). Orne carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a low, hard wrist shot. Orne, CH, 11:16 (unassisted). Orne, on a breakaway, shot five-hole past Lindbom. Robbins, CH, 9:25 (Hand and Neilson assisting). On the power play, Robbins' wrist shot cut across the high right slot. Hand, CH, 3:16 (Lawson and Prescott assisting). Hand scored on a turnaround wrist shot from the high slot.
Second period — Neal, York, 1:31 (James Orso assisting). With their team playing shorthanded, Neal and Orso created a turnover on their penalty kill forecheck and Neal scored on a high wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.
Third period — Lydon, CH, 14:22 (Orne and Szumilas assisting). On the power play, Lydon shot from the net front. Szumilas, CH, 13:54 (Neilson and Robbins assisting). On the power play, Szumilas shot from the left side of the net. Orne, CH, 10:53 (Szumilas and Lydon assisting). Orne one-timed a shot from the left flank. Zach Franlin, York, 10:29 (Matthew Wacker assisting). Franlin tipped in a Wacker slap shot from the right point. Hand, CH, 9:41 (Cameron assisting). Hand scored on a wrist shot from the low slot. Annis, CH, 5:23 (Cameron and Hand assisting). Annis' off-balance shot from the right side of the net found the back of the goal. Orso, York, 0:25 (unassisted). Orso eluded a defender along the goal line and tucked the puck in on the near post.
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