Unbeaten Windjammers (10-0) sail past Capers in OTSzumilas nets two goals, including game-winner, for No. 1 squad
Cape Elizabeth — The Camden Hills ice hockey team had its first real scare of the season Saturday, Jan. 19 against host Cape Elizabeth, with the two squads battling to overtime to decide a winner.
In the end, the Windjammers persevered as they capitalized early in the overtime to pick up a 5-4 win.
Saturday's win, in addition to the Windjammers' 9-3 victory against host York Monday, Jan. 21, lifted Camden Hills to a 10-0 record and the distinction of being the only undefeated high school ice hockey team in the state — regardless of class affiliation.
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 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Information from the Jan. 21 game will appear in a separate story.
On Saturday, Grayson Szumilas scored two goals for Camden Hills — including the game-winner 32 seconds into the eight-minute overtime — while adding an assist. Jack Orne scored one goal and assisted on two others in the win. Simon Lydon and Stephen Hand also lit the lamp for the winners, while Cal Robbins, Parker Lawson and Evan Neilson had assists.
For Cape Elizabeth, Chris Laprade scored two goals and Dennis Frank and Chris Grennon each one, while Satchel McCarthy added three assists and Tom Cleason one.
Camden Hills outshot Cape Elizabeth 34-24 in the game, despite being outshot 12-4 in the third period, when the Capers scored two goals, including the tying goal with 19 seconds left in regulation.
"[This was] a really exiting, hard-fought high school hockey game tonight," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "We give Cape [Elizabeth] a lot of credit for coming back and battling us to the end."
Jet Magri made 20 saves in net for Camden Hills, while Grant Rush lade 29 saves for Cape Elizabeth. The Windjammers were 2-of-4 (50 percent) on the power play and the Capers 2-of-7 (28 percent).
The game culminated early in the extra period when Szumilas tapped the puck past a pair of Caper defenders, faked a backhand and then launched a forehand shot into the net 32 seconds in to settle the matter.
"The overtime goal was a highlight reel-type goal," said Enroth. "[It was] just a sensational effort from Grayson Szumilas to get around and past several defenders and then the poise to make a big play at the net to score."
Camden Hills jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see the Capers score a pair in the second to draw within one goal.
The Windjammers pushed their lead to two goals when Orne scored the team's second power-play goal, but goals from Laprade and Grennon proved to knot the score and force extra time.
"This was a gut-check game for our team as we have not been involved in one of these really close roller coaster-type games this year," said Enroth. "We did not get the benefit of some calls and had to deal with some adversity. I'm pleased with the way the team hung in there to get the win."
The individual scoring included:
First period — Lydon, CH, 7:13 (Szumilas and Orne assisting). Lydon skated hard to the goal and shot a one-timer into the net. Szumilas, CH, 4:15 (Lawson assisting). Szumilas shot from the right side of the net. Hand, CH, 0:27 (Orne and Neilson assisting). Hand received a shot-pass from Orne from the blue line and put the puck into the net.
Second period — Laprade, CE, 10:32 (McCarthy assisting). Laprade shot from the high slot. Frank, CE, 4:37 (McCarthy assisting). Frank backhanded a rebound from the low slot into the net.
Third period — Orne, CH, 12:11 (unassisted). Orne gained possession along the defensive blue line and fired a hard wrist shot past Rusk. Laprade, CE, 7:26 (Gleason and McCarthy assisting). Grennon, CE, 0:19 (unassisted). Grennon jammed in a loose puck in front of the net amid a pileup of players scrambling for possession.
Overtime — Szumilas, CH, 7:28 (Robbins assisting). Szumilas eluded a pair of defenders, skated toward the goal, faked a backhand and used the forehand to score the game-winner.
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