While the school’s wrestling team recently won the state Class B championship and the boys basketball squad secured their third regional title in four years last week, the Camden Hills Regional High School ice hockey team is also joining the fray of playoff-bound Windjammers, and are doing so for the first time.

Under the tutelage of second-year coach Karl Enroth, the Windjammers are preparing for their first postseason appearance in team history as Camden Hills officially clinched a playoff berth after defeating host Cape Elizabeth 6-4 in the final game of the regular season Feb. 13.

The Windjammers enter the Western Class B playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the four-team field.

No. 2 Camden Hills (14-4) will face No. 3 Yarmouth (9-9) in a Western B semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m at the Portland Ice Arena, while the second semifinal game between top-seeded York (15-3) and fourth-seeded Greely of Cumberland (8-8-2) will begin at 8 p.m. The winner of those two contests will face off for the Western B title and the right to advance to the state championship game.

All Western Class B games will take place at the Portland Ice Arena. The Class B state championship game is set for Saturday, March 6 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

One year after finishing 7-9-1, which was the most wins in the history of the program heading into this season, Enroth is pleased with the efforts of his players and is proud of them for advancing to their first playoff appearance.

“It feels good to be the first ice hockey team at Camden Hills to advance into the [regional] tournament,” said Enroth. “There are a couple factors that led to our success in the fourth year of varsity ice hockey at Camden Hills. It is a tribute to the Maine Coast hockey community made up of parents, hockey supporters, and administrators, who had the vision and devotion to make hockey possible at Camden Hills. It is something the players have been working extremely hard for this year and in past years to try to get to this point.”

However, Enroth and the Windjammers are not satisfied merely making a playoff appearance. They feel they have the talent to knock off Yarmouth, whom they split two regular-season meetings with both this year and last.This winter, Camden Hills opened the season with a 3-2 overtime loss to Yarmouth Dec. 5, before beating Yarmouth 5-3 Jan. 27.

Enroth feels if Camden Hills plays to its strengths and does not overwhelm itself in the bright lights of the playoff atmosphere, the Windjammers could find themselves playing in the Western Class B final Wednesday, March 3.

“Yarmouth is a hard-working, physical team that is well coached,” said Enroth. “Against Yarmouth, we will have to bring our skating game and be physically smart. We want to sustain our puck pursuit creating pressure with and without the puck. Be on top of the play winning races and battles for puck possession. In all games you need to execute and make plays in all areas with good net front presence finishing plays. When you get into this time of the season you have to be ready to leave it all on the ice.”

In the Eastern Class B playoffs, No. 1 Brewer (16-1-1) will face No. 5 Lawrence of Fairfield (11-8), which defeated No. 4 Hodgdon/Houlton (11-8) 3-2 in the lone quarterfinal matchup. No. 2 Winslow (12-5-1) will also face No. 3 Presque Isle (14-4). Both semifinal Eastern Class B playoff games will be at the Sukee Ice Arena in Winslow, while the Eastern Class B championship will take place at the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena.

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