Top-ranked Camden Hills ice hockey squad surges to 9-0-1 markWindjammers upend Old Town/Orono and John Bapst
Rockport — The goals, and victories, keep piling up for the unbeaten, No. 1 Camden Hills ice hockey team.
The Windjammers won two recent road games, including 10-0 over host Old Town/Orono on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Alfond Arena at the University of Maine in Orono and a 4-3 decision over host John Bapst of Bangor on Monday, Jan. 20.
On Saturday against OT/Orono, the game was a scoreless tie after one period before the Windjammers tallied 10 unanswered goals over the final two periods.
Grayson Szumilas knocked in four goals and James Annis three to lead the Windjammers, while Jack Orne, Riley Andrews and Simon Lydon all added one.
Josiah Simko, Simon Lydon, Parker Lawson and Matt Prescott had two assists apiece and Jonah Cameron, Kieran Lydon, Nick Bennett and Orne all one for the winners.
In 10 games, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 73-18, with five shutouts.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-0-1, 28.0633 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs. However, the Windjammers' point-worthy 4-3 win over John Bapst is not included in the standings.
Saturday's game at UMaine was played on a pink ice surface for the University of Maine women’s team's Skating Strides “Pink the Rink” game on Sunday Jan. 19 for Breast Cancer Awareness.
“I don’t know if the pink ice had anything to do with it, but we had no sense of urgency in the first period to want to score," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "In the second and third periods the players made some hustle plays and got themselves in position in the key areas of the ice to finish.
“James Annis definitely got our team going in the second period with his hustle. Grayson Szumilas was a force on special teams, scoring two shorthanded goals and two power-play goals.
Camden Hills held a whopping 50-12 shot advantage, including 13-1, 17-6 and 20-5 during the individual periods.
The Windjammers had six minor penalties for 12 minutes and OT/Orono eight minors and one misconduct for 26 minutes.
Zach Hand made 12 saves in goal for Camden Hills and Chase Albert 33 stops and John Kenneway seven saves between the pipes for OT/Orono (0-8).
Camden Hills finished 3-of-7 on the power play and OT/Orono 0-of-5.
In the first period, Camden Hills had significant zone time in the OT/Orono end of the ice but failed to create enough offensive chances in the prime scoring areas, the coach said. However, in the second period, with just over three minutes played Annis scored on a hustle play for a loose puck to open the scoring for the Windjammers.
Szumilas tallied a shorthanded goal about midway through the game to increase the visitors' edge to 2-0. With just under four minutes to play in the second stanza the Windjammers scored three goals in just under a minute as Annis completed the hat trick with two goals and Szumilas added a power-play score.
Orne opened the third period with another power play-goal to increase the visitors' lead to 6-0. Andrews and Simon Lydon scored goals 50 seconds apart at the five-minute mark. Szumilas converted a power-play goal and scored while the Windjammers were two players down on the penalty kill (5-on-3) to cap the scoring.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 11:48, goal — Annis (unassisted). Annis won a race for a loose puck, skated wide down the right wing and backhanded the puck past Albert.
CH 2-0 at 7:00, shorthanded goal — Szumilas (assist Simko). On the penalty kill, Szumilas, in the neutral zone, received an outlet pass from Simko and scored on a breakaway.
CH 3-0 at 3:51, goal — Annis (assists Cameron, K. Lydon). Annis scored on a rebound shot from the right slot.
CH 4-0 at 3:19, goal — Annis (assist Simko). Annis took a wrist shot from the faceoff circle past the blocker side of Albert.
CH 5-0 at 2:50, power-play goal — Szumilas (assists S. Lydon, Lawson), Szumilas, at the net front, tipped in a Lawson shot from the blue line point.
CH 6-0 at 13:19, power-play goal — Orne (assist S. Lydon, Lawson). With Camden Hills on a 5-on-3 power play, Orne skated across the slot and shot top corner.
CH 7-0 at 10:42, goal — Andrews (assists Prescott, Bennett). Andrews skated to the net down the right slot and scored on a rebound shot.
CH 8-0 at 10:02, goal — Lydon (assist Prescott). Lydon one-timed a rebound shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
CH 9-0 at 7:51, goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas shot from the left faceoff circle past the goalie.
CH 10-0 at 4:05, short-handed goal — Szumilas (unassisted). Szumilas, with Camden Hills on a 5-on-3 penalty kill, gained possession of the puck and skated through and past several opponents to score on a forehand shot.
Jan. 20 game
At the Sawyer Arena, the Windjammers nipped the Crusaders 4-3. After a scoreless first period, Camden Hills took control with three goals in the second period, but hung on down the stretch.
Orne, Cameron, Kieran Lydon and Simon Lydon scored goals for the winners. Lawson, Simon Lydon and Orne added assists.
Jet Magri made 19 saves in goal for the Windjammers and Sam Lander 33 stops for the Crusaders.
The Windjammers outshot the Crusaders 37-22, including 11-6, 14-6 and 12-10 in the periods.
Camden Hills was whistled for seven minor penalties for 14 minutes and John Bapst (5-5) three minors for six minutes.
“We gave ourselves a cushion going into the third period and we needed it as John Bapst got some momentum in the third period and made a surge," Enroth said. "It turned into one of those close-type of hockey games that you have to just grind it out. In the end, the team made enough plays to earn a tough, hard-fought win on the road."
On the power play, Camden Hills was 1-of-3 and John Bapst 1-of-6.
Camden Hills played almost half the first period on the penalty kill with three minor penalties to none for the Crusaders. The Windjammers killed the penalties. Lander played well when counted on in the first period to hold the Windjammer scoreless.
Just over two minutes into the second period Orne gave the Windjammers a 1-0 edge. Cameron scored on a wrist shot to increase the cushion to 2-0. The Windjammers received a Kieran Lydon power-play goal toward the end of the period to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
In the final period with just over nine minutes remaining the Crusaders got a Logan Cyr-Ellis goal on the back door post to give the hosts momentum. A minute later John Bapst cut its deficit to one goal on a Jonathan Cheff power-play goal from the net front.
Halfway through the period the intensity increased as both teams skated hard for the all-important next goal, Enroth said. Simon Lydon received an Orne pass in the high slot area and beat Lander with a hard wrist shot at the 6:30-mark to give the Windjammers a 4-2 cushion.
John Bapst’s Matt Spear responded 43 seconds later to again make it a one-goal game.
Enroth said Camden Hills did a good job of forechecking in the final few minutes to prevent any serious scoring threats from John Bapst and managed to keep the puck to the outside in the final 20 seconds to prevent the Crusaders from setting up in the Camden Hills end of the ice.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 12:57, goal — Orne (unassisted). Orne skated down the left wing into the offensive zone, through the slot and scored on his right forehand.
CH 2-0 at 3:33, goal — Cameron (assist Parker Lawson). Cameron, from the left slot, shot short side low pad past the goalie.
CH 3-0 at 1:39, power-play goal — K. Lydon (assist S. Lydon). Kieran Lydon, at the right top of the crease, poked in a loose puck along the goal line off a shot from his brother Simon Lydon.
JB 1-3 at 9:07, goal — Logan Cyr-Ellis (assist Matt Spear). Cyr-Ellis scored on the right back door post.
JB 2 -3 at 8:06, power-play goal — Jonathan Cheff (unassisted). Cheff scored from the net front.
CH 4-2 at 6:28, goal — S. Lydon (assist Orne). Lydon scored on a wrist shot from the high mid slot.
JB 3-4 at 5:35, goal — Spear (assist Jack Powell). Spear skated hard down the left wing and slid the puck past Magri
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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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