At first, the Camden Hills ice hockey team’s goal this season was to qualify for the regional tournament for the first time in the team’s brief varsity history. However, while playing inspired hockey and the winner of nine straight games, perhaps the Windjammers can now dream of loftier goals, such as winning a regional crown and perhaps, dare we state it, a state title.

The Windjammers have qualified for the upcoming Western Class B playoffs, which begins with semifinal games on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Portland Ice Arena. Camden Hills appears to have the second spot in the region locked up.

The Windjammers continued their impressive success with two more recent wins. On Monday at the University of Southern Maine, the ‘Jammers cleaned up the ice with a 4-0 victory over Westbrook, while on Feb. 6, Camden Hills defeated Messalonskee of Oakland 6-1 at the Sukee Arena in Winslow.

Currently, the Windjammers (13-4, 69.1358 Heal Points) are ranked second in the Western Class B, while Westbrook (1-14) is eighth in the same region and Messalonskee (8-7) sixth in the Eastern Class A.

In Western Class B, York (14-3, 106.1728 points) is first, Camden Hills second, Yarmouth (6-9, 59.3364 points) third and Greely of Cumberland (7-6-2, 58.5648 points) fourth. The Windjammers lost to York 4-2 in the teams lone regular-season meeting.

On Monday against host Westbrook, Jeff Jordan scored two goals, with the first assisted by Kyle Koskinen and Will Ralston, for the Windjammers. Josh Stanclift and Zac Dufour each scored once. Zac Dufour was assisted by Wayne Neiman and Stanclift.

The Windjammers held a 42-14 shot advantage and goalie Jake Zontini made 14 saves to Westbrook’s Preston Peabbles’ 38.

“We had some nice individual plays on Westbrook mistakes that resulted in goals by Stanclift and Jordan in the second period, combined with Zontini playing solid in net when called upon, and that was the difference in making this a 4-0 game and not anything closer against a hard-working Westbrook team,” said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth.

Camden Hills took three penalties for six minutes and Westbrook four penalties for eight minutes.

Both teams came up empty on power-play opportuntities, with Camden Hills having four and Westbrook three.

The individual scoring included:

First period — Jordan, CH, 1:42 (assists Koskinen, Ralston). Jordan found an opening in the slot and scored.

Second period — Stanclift, CH, 10:56. While his team was shorthanded, Stanclift picked up a Westbrook turnover and skated in alone on and converted a backhanded shot. Jordan, CH, 0:50. Jordan picked up a loose puck inside the Westbrook blue line, skated it down the ice through several Westbrook defenders and beat Peabbles high stick side.

Third period — Z. Dufour, CH, 0:06 (assists Neiman, Stanclift). Z. Dufour was sent into the Wesbrook end on breakout passes from Stanclift and Neiman. Z. Dufour then took a hard shot from the right faceoff circle that made it through the Westbrook goalie.

Topping Messalonskee

On Feb. 6, Stanclift scored four goals — a hat trick plus one — and Jordan and Zac Dufour each added one goal. Zac Dufour and Jordan Tyler added two assists, while Ben Dufour, Henry Haselton and Max Mercier each had one assist in the strong Windjammer offensive effort.

“We managed to beat a Class A team with a winning record, which I believe is the first time we have ever done that as a hockey program,” coach Enroth said. “So, that should help us as we prepare for what lies ahead [in the regional playoffs].”

Travis St. Pierre, assisted by Sam Dexter, scored the goal for Messalonskee.

Camden Hills held a 28-27 edge on shots and Camden Hills goalie Zontini had 26 saves and Eagle goalie Nate Delgiudice 22.

Camden Hills converted 1-of-7 power-play attempts and the Eagles 1-of-8.

The ‘Jammers took nine penalties for 18 minutes and Messalonskee eight for 16 minutes.

The individual scoring included:

First period — Jordan, CH, 13:30 (assists B. Dufour, Haselton). Haselton received a pass from Dufour at the blue line point. Haselton’s shot was tipped in by Jordan in front of the crease. Stanclift, CH, 6:04 (assist Z. Dufour). Stanclift shot while skating down the left wing.

Second period — Stanclift, CH, 12:18 (assist Tyler, Mercier). On the power play, Camden Hills worked the puck from high to low as Stanclift scored. St. Pierre, Mess, 7:36 (assist Dexter). On the power play, St. Pierre, stationed at the center point blue line, received a pass from Dexter, St. Pierre’s hard slap shot went through the traffic in front of Zontini into the net.

Third period — Stanclift, CH, 12:43 (assist Z. Dufour). Stanclift, CH, 11:01 (assist Tyler). Z. Dufour, CH, 9:00. Z. Dufour skated down the right wing and beat the goalie with a high wrist shot.

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