Camden Hills Regional High School athletic programs, across the board, are among the most consistently strong and successful in the state. Highlighted by the many state championships won by the mountain biking and wrestling squads, along with the title-driven basketball programs, few would argue the Windjammers are immensely successful in all avenues of athletics.

It appears the red and white from Rockport could add hockey to the always growing list of sports in which the Windjammers thrive.

The Windjammers (10-4) continue to surge to their first regional playoff berth in the short history of the program and rattled off their sixth straight victory Jan. 30 when Camden Hills upended host Yarmouth 5-3 at Travis Roy Arena. Camden Hllls had to rally from a three-goal deficit to win the game.

Zac Dufour lit the lamp three times for the visiting Windjammers and assisted on another goal, while teammate Jeff Jordan scored a pair of goals. Offering assists for Camden Hills were Will Orne with three in the victory, while Ben Dufour, Kyle Koskinen, Henry Haselton and Josh Stanclift each added one.

Alex Kurtz netted two goals and added an assist to lead Yarmouth, while Marshall Brunelle also scored for the hosts. Ben Nickerson, Connor Costello and Ian McGilp assisted for the Clippers.

The tandem of Jacob Filderman and Jake Zontini turned away 17 shots in goal for Camden Hills, with Zontini entering in the second period and stopping 11 shots. Red DeSmith made 22 saves between the pipes for Yarmouth.

The top four teams in Western Class B qualify for the playoffs. That is good news for Camden Hills, which currently sits third. The most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for that region show York first (13-3, 82.3302 points), Greely of Cumberland second (7-5-1, 47.8009 points), Camden Hills third (10-4, 44.8302 points) and Yarmouth fourth (5-7, 39.6605 points).

The Windjammers beat Greely 5-1 (see accompanying story) Wednesday at the Midcoast Recreation Center in a key regular-season game.

On Saturday, Camden Hills outshot Yarmouth 27-20, including 11-6 in the second period and 12-6 in the third. The Clippers outshot the ‘Jammers 8-4 in the first period, while both teams were 1-of-3 in power-play attempts.

The host Clippers came out and established themselves early, jumping to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Kurtz. Brunelle then scored a few minutes into the second period to increase the hosts lead to 3-0, mere seconds after the Windjammers had killed off a Yarmouth two-man advantage. Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth credited Wayne Neiman, Zac Dufour and Ben Dufour as a key ingredients in  holding the line during the Clipper power play.

“We kind of got smashed in the mouth by Yarmouth during that first period and we lost our composure,” said Enroth. “Coming off the Gardiner game [12-1 win] we just did not respond well to Yarmouth’s physical and hard play in the first period. It took going down by three goals in the beginning of the second period for us to start playing some [good] hockey.”

Zach Dufour highlighted the Camden Hills charge, scoring three straight goals to not only round out the scoring in the second period, but to help the Windjammers draw even. Dufour scored at the 11:28, 5:35 and 3:44 marks.

While Dufour helped bring the ‘Jammers back, it was Jordan who scored the game-winner with 3:30 remaining. Jordan tipped a wrap around shot attempt by Ben Dufour, collected the rebound and beat DeSmith in heavy traffic around the Yarmouth net.

Just over two minutes later, Jordan added an empty-net insurance goal to preserve the win.

“Zac Dufour provided us with a huge spark with his determined play, scoring a natural hat trick in the second period, to get us even going to the third period,” said Enroth. “Jeff Jordan made some great hustle plays in the third period to get the game-winner and the empty net goal.”

“Jake Zontini was immense in goal,” said Enroth. “Coming into the game cold in the second period, we needed him to give us some momentum and he provided it with some solid goaltending allowing us to get back into the game.”

The individual scoring from Saturday’s game, with description on some goals provided, included:

First period — Kurtz, Yar, 9:28 (unassisted). Kurtz skated down the left side into the Camden Hills’ end and fired a hard glove-high shot past Filderman. Kurtz, Yar, 1:21 (assists Nickerson, Costello). Nickerson and Costello exchanged passes on the blue line during a power play and eventually passed to Kurtz at the right circle and Kurtz shot the puck past Filderman.

Second period — Brunelle, Yar, 12:55 (assists McGilp, Kurtz). Just as Yarmouth’s two-man advantage on the power play ended, Kurtz passed to McGilp at the point and McGilp passed to Brunelle at the far left post for one-timer into the net. Zac Dufour, CH, 11:28 (assist Orne). On the power play, Z. Dufour received a pass from Orne at the left point, Dufour skated the puck over to mid-ice and fired a slap shot by DeSmith. Z. Dufour, CH, 5:35 (assist Stanclift). Stanclift passed to Z. Dufour, who skated through the high slot and fired a hard wrist shot by DeSmith. Z. Dufour, CH, 3:44 (assists Orne, Haselton). Dufour scored down low from Orne and Haselton stationed at the blue line points.

Third period — Jordan, CH, 3:30 (assists B. Dufour, Koskinen). Jordan tipped a wrap around shot by B. Dufour, collected the rebound and put the puck in the net in heavy traffic near the Yarmouth net. Jordan, CH, 1:03 (assists Orne, Z. Dufour). Yarmouth pulled goalie DeSmith to get the extra attacker. Orne and Dufour managed the puck out of the Camden Hills’ end, Jordan chipped the puck by a Yarmouth defender in the neutral zone and out racesd another Yarmouth defender to the puck and shot into the empty Yarmouth net from the left boards.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.