Windjammers sail past Hornets to remain unbeatenCamden Hills continues to put puck in net, keep opponents at bay
Rockport — Perfection appears more and more a reality every time the Camden Hills ice hockey team skates onto the ice.
The unbeaten, No. 1 Windjammers, as they have done almost effortlessly all season, won again against Leavitt of Turner on Wednesday night, Feb. 6 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
With the game tied 1-1 in the first period, the young, but multi-talented, Windjammers rattled off five unanswered goals — including four in the second period — and were a perfect 3-of-3 in power-play opportunities as the hosts sailed away with an 8-3 win over the Hornets.
Camden Hills, now 12-0 on the season, outshot Leavitt 45-27, including 18-5 in the pivotal second period when the hosts put the game out of reach.
Grayson Szumilas tallied two goals for the hosts, while Parker Lawson, Simon Lydon, Cal Robbins, Chase Matteo, Jonah Cameron and James Annis also lit the lamp for Camden Hills. Stephen Hand and Evan Neilson also had two assists in the win, and Matteo, Robbins, Jack Orne, Lydon, Lawson and Nick Czuchra, all one, for the Windjammers.
For Leavitt, Jacob Gladu netted two goals and Tyler Hutchinson one. All three Hornet goals were unassisted.
Zach Hand made 23 saves in goal for the Windjammers, while Nick Allen made 37 saves for the Hornets.
Both teams were whistled for three minor penalties for a total of six minutes.
The Windjammers and Hornets played a relatively tight first period before Lawson scored with 7:44 remaining. But Gladu knotted the score with three minutes left.
Lydon then scored with six seconds left in the opening period and the Windjammers sailed from there.
"Leavitt played us hard from the start of the game and Lydon's goal at the end of the first period gave our team some much needed momentum," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "We carried that momentum into the next period and played well throughout the entire second period [by] scoring four unanswered goals."
Enroth said the team started slowly in the third period and gave up two goals off turnovers, but "we regrouped and scored a couple ourselves to finish the game."
The Windjammers have six regular-season games remaining before the Western Class B playoff semifinals begin March 1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (12-0, 70.6173 points) is first in the seven-team region. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.
The individual scoring from the Feb. 6 game included:
First period — Lawson, CH, 7:44 (Neilson and Matteo assisting). Lawson scored with a one-time slap shot from the left blue line point. Gladu, Lea, 3:00 (unassisted). Gladu scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Lydon, CH, 0:06 (Robbins and Orne assisting). Lydon skated to the goal and one-timed a shot in front of the net.
Second period — Robbins, CH, 11:43 (unassisted). Robbins' slap shot from the top edge of faceoff circle went over Allen's shoulder. Szumilas, CH, 10:29 (Lydon and Lawson assisting). Szumilas scored on a one-timer from the slot. Matteo, CH, 9:27 (Czuchra assisting). Matteo creased the net on a rebound from the right side of the net off a Czuchra shot. Szumilas, CH, 4:41 (Neilson assisting). Szumilas took a Neilson breakout pass and sniped Allen for the Windjammers' sixth goal.
Third period — Gladu, Lea, 11:32 (unassisted). Gladu took advantage of a Camden Hills turnover from the half wall and fired a wrist shot past Hand. Hutchinson, Lea, 11:25 (unassisted). Hutchinson created a turnover in the low slot and quickly shot into the net. Cameron, CH, 8:17 (Hand assisting). Cameron fired a one-timer from the left side. Annis, CH, 3:16 (Hand assisting). Annis received a breakout pass from Stephen Hand, rushed the puck and fired a high wrist shot into the net.
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