To state that the Camden Hills ice hockey team was on the offensive Saturday night at the Midcoast Recreation Center would be, well, a gross understatement. When all was said and done, the Windjammers nearly burned a hole in the ice and the net with their sizzling puck play.

The Windjammers knocked eight goals into the net and peppered two Eagle goalies with 41 shots en route to an impressive 8-1 win over Mount Ararat of Topsham.

The victory, although not worth many tournament points, kept the Windjammers’ playoff quest on track. In the latest Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (8-4, 29.5525 points) is third, while York (10-3, 63.9660 points) is first, Yarmouth (5-4, 32.8704 points) second and Greely of Cumberland (5-5-1, 27.1219 points) fourth. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs. Camden Hills has never made the playoffs in its brief varsity history.

Mount Ararat (2-10) is 12th in Eastern Class A.

Many Windjammer players got into the offensive mix against the Eagles Saturday, led by Kyle Koskinen with three goals for a hat trick and Zach Dufour and Ben Dufour, both with two goals. Brad Hall also added a goal.

Jeff Jordan chipped in three assists, Ben Dufour and Josh Stanclift both two assists and Wayne Neiman, Max Mercier and Will Orne all one assist for the hosts.

The Windjammers held a whopping 41-9 edge in shots, including 14-2 in the first period, 15-1 in the second and 12-6 in the third. Jake Zontini made eight saves in goal for the Windjammers, while Zach O’Connor (13 saves) and Cam Van Vlack (20 saves) played between the pipes for the Eagles.

Camden Hills was whistled for three penalties for six minutes and Mount Ararat eight penalties for 16 minutes. The Windjammers converted 2-of-8 power-play chances and Mount Ararat failed to convert on any of its three opportunities.

Both teams exchanged goals in the early going to keep the game tied at 1-1 for most of the opening period. Camden Hills broke the game open by blitzing the Mount Ararat net for three goals in the final 1:07 of the period to make it 4-1 at the break.

The second period was a continuation of the final minute of the first period with Camden Hills dominating play and time of possession in the Eagle end of ice. After Koskinen’s goal at 11:11, the visitors changed goalies and Van Vlack “did a good job in the Mount Ararat net to hold Camden Hills to just two more goals in the period,” Windjammer coach Karl Enroth said.

“Tonight we had some good puck distribution which resulted in some nice goals,” the coach said. “Kyle Koskinen, three-goal hat trick in the game, did a great job getting himself into shooting positions and his linemates Ben Dufour and Jeff Jordan did a good job of getting him the puck.

“Brad Hall had a nice tip-in [goal] from heavy traffic in front of the net and Zach Dufour also scored some nice goals as well. When you shoot the puck on net with good placement and you have good positioning around the net you can put some goals up on the scoreboard, which is what we managed to do tonight with eight goals.”

The individual scoring included:

First period — B. Hall, CH, 12:35 (assists Neiman, Stanclift). Stanclift passed to Neiman, who fired a shot from the blue line. Hall tipped the shot into the net. Eric Stuckey, MtA, 10:03 (assist Neal Burgess). Stuckey skated into the Camden Hills’ zone, eluded a defenseman and scored on an in-tight breakaway. Z. Dufour, CH, 1:07 (assists Stanclift, Mercier). Z. Dufour fired a high wrist shot over the goalie’s glove. B. Dufour, CH, 0:48 (assists Jordan, Orne). Orne shot the puck from the point and Ben Dufour scored on the rebound. Koskinen, CH, 0:31 (assist B. Dufour). Koskinen used nifty stickhandling in the slot and fired a shot past O’Connor.

Second period — Koskinen, CH, 11:11 (assist Jordan). Jordan skated to the Mount Ararat net and passed to Koskinen, who was located on the far slot. Koskinen fired a one-timer into the net. B. Dufour, CH, 3:37 (assist Jordan). Jordan, on an end-to-end rush, was tripped by a Mount Ararat defender but managed to maintain balance on his knees and continued to push the puck to the net where B. Dufour, crashing the net, made contact with the puck to score the goal. Koskinen, CH, 1:55 (assist B. Dufour). B. Dufour passed to Koskinen who roofed his shot over Van Vlack’s glove on a power-play chance.

Third period — Z. Dufour, CH, 6:31 (unassisted). Z. Dufour, managing the power play from the point, skated around two defenders to gain the slot and then roofed his shot over Van Vlack’s glove.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.