The Camden Hills ice hockey team wanted to make a statement — namely that it should be considered one of the top high school squads in the state — and the Windjammers delivered that message loud and clear with Wednesday night’s dominating 5-1 win over Greely of Cumberland at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

With the outcome, the Windjammers not only notched their 11th win of the season, but also solidified the first regional playoff berth in the young program’s history.

Camden Hills (11-4) could secure the No. 2 spot for the upcoming Western Class B playoffs, to be contested on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Portland Ice Arena. Greely is now 7-6-1.

Originally it was believed the higher-seeded teams earned home ice for the first round of the playoffs, which is the semifinals in this case, but since there are only four postseason teams in the eight-team region, the four qualifying squads will play the first round at the same site on the same day.

Camden Hills, which played its final home game of the season Wednesday, was third heading into the game and moved past the Rangers into second in the latest installment of the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B.

The most recent standings for that region show York first (13-3, 87.8858 points), Camden Hills second (11-4, 55.3241 points), Greely third (7-6-1, 49.4985 points) and Yarmouth fourth (5-7, 43.0556 points).

If the playoffs began today, the Windjammers would face Greely again in the No. 2-3 matchup, regardless of which team is in which spot. Camden Hills has beaten Greely twice this year, including 5-3 Jan. 14.

Camden Hills has three regular-season road games remaining, Saturday, Feb. 6 at Messalonskee of Oakland, Monday, Feb. 8 at Westbrook in a makeup and Saturday, Feb. 13 at Cape Elizabeth.

On Wednesday, Jeff Jordan scored two goals and Brad Hall, Zac Dufour and Kyle Koskinen all one for the Windjammers. Ben Dufour (2), Lucas Dill, Jordan, Josh Stanclift, Max Mercier, Jordan Tyler and Zac Dufour chipped in assists.

The Windjammers held a 34-21 edge in shots, including 13-4 in the opening period, 10-9 in the second and 11-8 in the third.

Jacob Filderman (4 saves) and Jake Zontini (16 saves) both played in goal for Camden Hills, while Matt Labbe (29 saves) was between the pipes for the Rangers.

Camde Hills was whistled for six minor penalties, one misconduct and one game misconduct for 27 minutes. Greely had seven minor penalties for 14 minutes.

The Windjammers and Rangers both converted 1-of-7 power-play chances.

“Tonight’s game was fun and very meaningful,” said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “All our players, fans and supporters were very energized by this being our senior player and parent night and our last regular-season home game at [the] Midcoast Recreation Center. We knew this was going to be a extremely tough game against a quality opponent in Greely, and for us to manage to come out with a hard-earned victory for our group of seniors Zac Dufour, Jacob Filderman, Alex Fitzgerald, Kyle Koskinen, Jeff Jordan, Wayne Neiman, Josh Stanclift [and] Jake Zontini, was special.”

The coach added that the victory was a “real team effort in the game. Four different players scoring the five goals, scoring goals on hustle, smarts and determination, both goalies sharing the goaltender duties and playing very solid in net, good penalty killing and good defense in our end of the ice.”

Camden Hills held an edge in play for most of the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead on Jordan’s goal at 3:36. Greely had a power-play opportunity in the final minute and made the most of it by scoring with 18 seconds remaining on Carter Cyr’s goal.

Camden Hills went ahead 2-1 in the second period on Hall’s goal at 12:18. The period was evenly played with both teams playing hard. Camden Hills was able to kill off part of a five-minute major penalty to keep the lead going into the third period.

In the third period, Zac Dufour outbattled several Greely defenders low in the slot to score a goal early in the period to give the hosts a two-goal cushion. Camden goalie Zontini and the Windjammer penalty kill units also did a solid job negating another Greely power-play attempt with 5:55 remaining.

Camden Hills scored two more goals by Jordan and Koskinen in the final 2:30 of the game to cap the win.

The individual scoring included:

First period — Jordan, CH, 3:46 (assist Lucas Dill). Cyr, Greely, 0:18 (assists John Downey, Devyn Rogers). On the power play, Downey and Rogers worked the puck from deep in the corner to Cyr in the high slot. Cyr skated down the slot with time and fired a wrist shot by Filderman.

Second period — Hall, CH, 12:18 (assists Jordan, B. Dufour). The game-winning goal came when Dufour and Jordan managed the puck into the Greely end. Jordan fired a shot from the high slot on Labbe and the puck got behind the goalie near the goal line and Hall won the battle with a Greely defender to knock the loose puck into the net.

Third period — Z. Dufour, CH, 10:04 (assists Stanclift, Mercier). Z. Dufour, positioned low in the slot with several Greely defenders around him, won a battle for possession of the puck and fired a quick shot by Labbe. Jordan, CH, 2:27 (assist Tyler). Jordan collected a support pass from Tyler, skated toward the net and beat Labbe with a short side shot. Koskinen, CH, 0:58 (assists B. Dufour, Z. Dufour). On the power play, Z. Dufour sent a pass to B, Dufour on the right circle. B. Dufour passed across the ice to Koskinen stationed off the left post and Koskinen fired a one-timer into the net before Labbe could get over to cover the far post.

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