Two late goals keep Camden Hills on unbeaten trackCape Elizabeth holds short-lived lead before Windjammers surge back
Rockport — After two-and-half periods of some of the finest, most exciting regular-season high school ice hockey fans could hope for, with less than eight minutes remaining in the Saturday night, Feb. 2 game between Cape Elizabeth and host Camden Hills, the Windjammers were in danger of seeing their impressive 10-game, season-opening win streak go up in smoke.
However, seemingly before one could blink an eye, the never-quit Windjammers scored two goals in the final 7:07 of the game — including the tying score just 37 seconds after the visiting Capers had taken the lead — to pull a hard-fought and hard-earned 2-1 victory out of the fire.
The win, in front of a raucous, near capacity crowd at the Midcoast Recreation Center, lifted Camden Hills to 11-0 on the campaign.
"The team managed to find a way to pull the game out despite not executing that well during the game," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "Being shorthanded for long stretches in the game did not help, but the team hung in there. Our goalie Jet Magri kept the game close and we made some plays in the final seven minutes to win a close game."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (11-0, 60.8951) is first in the seven-team region. The top five teams qualify for the regional playoffs. Greely of Cumberland (9-4, 60.1080 points) is second — a mere 0.7871 of a point behind the Windjammers.
Camden Hills will host the Rangers on Friday, Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at MRC in one of the most anticipated regular-season games of the winter. The Windjammers also will play at Greely on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:20 p.m.
On Saturday night, Jack Orne scored the game-winning goal, off assists from Calvin Robbins and Parker Lawson, with 2:44 remaining to keep Camden Hills' impressive win streak alive.
Cape Elizabeth, fifth in the Western Class B standings at 5-9-1, had broken the scoreless stalemate with a goal by Jack Drinan, on an assist from Chris Grennon, with 7:44 remaining in the third period following a Camden Hills penalty kill.
Then, a mere 37 seconds later with 7:07 left, Stephen Hand brought a great roar from the Windjammer fans — and a collectively groan from Caper followers — with the tying goal.
Camden Hills called a timeout with 4:42 left and the score knotted 1-1. The winning goal came with the Windjammers holding a two-man advantage due to Cape Elizabeth penalties.
"The Stephen Hand goal shortly after the Cape [Elizabeth] goal and timeout was huge," said Enroth. "We needed a spark at that time and he provided it making a big play to score."
Camden Hills' Magri and Cape Elizabeth's Grant Rusk both were terrific playing between the pipes. Magri turned away 23 shots and Rusk 26.
The Windjammers outshot the Capers 28-24, including 12-6 in the final period. Camden Hills was 1-of-4 on the power play and Cape Elizabeth 0-of-6.
The 'Jammers logged 25 penalty minutes (5 minors, 2 majors) to 20 minutes (5 minors, 1 major) for the Capers.
The teams had played earlier in the season, with Camden Hills pulling out a 5-4 overtime victory against the host Capers.
The individual scoring included:
First period — None.
Second period — None.
Third period — Drinan, CE, 7:44 (Grennon assisting). Drinan skated to the net and tipped the puck in off a pass from Grennon. Hand, CH, 7:07 (Chase Matteo assisting). Hand attacked the Capers' zone and fired a wrist shot past Rusk. Orne, CH, 2:44 (Robbins and Lawson assisting). Robbins and Lawson managed the puck along the blue line point and found Orne in the slot, who fired a quick shot into the net.
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