Can there possibly be a hotter high school ice hockey team entering the regional playoffs than Camden Hills? Probably not.

The Windjammers, who have qualified for the regional playoffs for the first time in their brief varsity history, ended the regular season Saturday on an impressive note. Camden Hills not only beat host Cape Elizabeth 6-4, but the Windjammers capped the regular season with 10 straight wins.

The Windjammers will probably fill the second position in the upcoming Western Class B tournament, which begins on Satuday, Feb. 27 at the Portland Ice Arena.

The top four teams in the region qualify for the playoffs, with the Nos. 1-4 squads facing off and the Nos. 2-3 teams meeting in semifinal contests on the same day at the same site.

In the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points for Western Class B, the top four teams were: York (15-3, 128.7809 Heal Points) is first, Camden Hills (14-4, 83.3333 points) second, Yarmouth (8-9, 75.5401 points) third and Greely of Cumberland (8-7-2, 65.3549 points) fourth. Cape Elizabeth (8-10, 56.5586 points) is fifth.

Camden Hills’ final regular-season win should solidify the second spot for the upcoming playoffs, meaning the Windjammers will likely face No. 3 Yarmouth in the first round. During the regular season, Camden Hills split two games with Yarmouth — winning 5-3 Jan. 30 and losing 3-2 in overtime Dec. 5 to open the season.

“We are very pleased to end the regular season on a winning note against a tough opponent like Cape Elizabeth,” said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “This was a difficult test playing against a desperate team that needed to win this game to make the playoffs, on their senior night [and] at their home rink. We got some power-play production and scored some ugly goals that count just the same as the nice ones.”

Enroth added, “We wanted to get to 14 wins for the regular season and beat Cape Elizabeth, something we had never done before in our program’s history. So, it was fitting that our senior captain, number 14, Zac Dufour, scored a natural hat trick in the third period against an opponent he had never beaten before.”

On Saturday at the Portland Ice Arena, Zac Dufour scored three goals in the third period to help lift the Windjammers. Jeff Jordan added two goals and Will Orne, who was recently honored by the region’s coaches (see information below) one. Josh Stanclift chipped in two assists and Jordan Tyler and Brad Hall both one.

The Windjammers were outshot 30-28, including 14-8 in the first period. However, Camden Hills held a 10-7 edge in shots in the second period and 10-9 advantage in the third.

Jake Zontini made 26 saves in goal for the Windjammers and Phil Jordan had 22 stops for the Capers. Camden Hills had seven penalties for 14 minutes and Cape Elizabeth four for eight.

Camden Hills made the most of its power-play opportunities, converting 3-of-4, while Cape Elizabeth was 3-of-8.

According to Enroth, Camden Hills and Cape Elizabeth played a fast-paced, physical game. The teams exchanged power-play goals in the final five minutes of the first period to forge a 1-1 tie. Camden Hills scored an early power-play goal by Orne in the second period to go ahead 2-1. Cape Elizabeth responded with a power-play goal by Matt Ross to pull the game even after two hard-fought periods.

In the third period, Jordan put the Windjammers ahead for good at 12:43. Zac Dufour scored at 7:58 on another Camden Hills power play to give the Windjammers a two-goal cushion. Just over two minutes later, Cape Elizabeth reduced the margin to one goal when Vinny Del’Aquila moved through the slot at 5:44 to make the score 4-3.

Just 37 seconds later, Zac Dufour fired a shot from near the blue line through heavy traffic in front of the Cape Elizabeth net and the puck managed to get under the cross bar to make the score 5-3. Zac Dufour completed his hat trick by scoring on the Cape Elizabeth empty net set up by Stanclift’s hustle on the forecheck.

Cape Elizabeth scored a power-play goal by Sam St.Germain 35 seconds later to make the score 6-4. Camden Hills managed to clear the puck out of its zone several times in the final 43 seconds to prevent Cape Elizabeth from scoring again with the extra attacker.

The summary of the scoring includes:

First period — Jordan, CH, 4:45 (assist Tyler). Zack Labbe, CE, 2:23 (assists Brandon Nagele, Wilson Laprade). On the power play with a two-man advantage, the hosts scored when Laprade, at the blue line point, received a pass from Nagele and passed to Labbe stationed at the far post for one-timer into the net.

Second period — Orne, CH, 13:43 (unassisted). On the power play, Orne skated down the right side through the neutral zone, alluded several defenders and fired a high snap shot by Jordan. Ross, CE, 13:43 (unassisted). On the power play, the Capers worked the puck high to low and Ross got his stick on a loose puck and beat Zontini.

Third period — Jordan, CH, 12:45 (unassisted). Jordan skated to the net and knocked the puck past Caper goalie Jordan. Z. Dufour, CH, 7:58 ( assist Stanclift). On the power play, Z Dufour received a pass from Stanclift and shot a high wrist shot past goalie Jordan. St. Germain, CE, 5:44 (unassisted). Vinny Dell’Aquila alluded a defender, moved through the low shot and fired a shot into the net. Z. Dufour, CH, 5:07 (assist Hall). Z. Dufour’s shot from inside the blue line into traffic in front of the goal gets under the crossbar into the net. Z. Dufour, CH, 1:18 (assist Stanclift). Cape Elizabeth pulled its goalie to get the extra attacker. Stanclift, on the forecheck, created a turnover and passed to Z. Dufour in the slot. Z. Dufour’s wrist shot found the empty net. St. Germain, CE, 0:43 (assists Wilson Laprade, Vinny Dell’Aquila). On the power play, Cape Elizibeth pulled its goalie and had a 6-on-4 advantage. Laprade and Dell’Aquila managed the puck from the left side to St. Germain on the right circle, who fired a one-timer past Zontini.

Orne honored

Windjammer Orne, a junior, was named Class B West defenseman of the month for January by the region’s hockey coaches. Camden Hills had a record of 6-1 in the month of January, including key victories over Class B contenders Greely, Leavitt of Turner, Gardiner and Yarmouth. Orne compiled 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) with a plus/minus of +24 in seven games in January.

“Will has made the conversion from forward to defenseman this season which not every player can do,” Enroth said. “Will plays in all situations for us, was instrumental in our important wins in January, and has proven himself as a leader, helping some of our other defensemen with their improved play throughout this season. We are pleased the Class B West coaches recognized him for his outstanding play in January.”

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