Strangely perhaps, the Camden Hills and York boys ice hockey teams split two regular-season games, both by somewhat lopsided scores, so, when the Windjammers and Wildcats met Friday night, March 1 in a Western Class B semifinal playoff game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, most thought this time, with so much on the line, it would be a close, down-to-the-wire affair.

It was not, and, for that, the Windjammers are thankful.

With a spot in the regional championship game on the line, No. 2 Camden Hills (15-4) took care of business in a big way and beat No. 3 York (8-11) 8-4 in another high-scoring affair between the Windjammers and Wildcats.

"It's a significant win for our hockey program and our fan support has been tremendous," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "We enjoy it now, but soon we start setting our sights for the next game."

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Camden Hills will face No. 1 Greely of Cumberland (15-4, after a 7-2 semifinal victory over No. 5 Cape Elizabeth, which finished 8-11-1) on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Western Class B title game back at the Colisee.

During the regular season, Camden Hills lost to Greely twice (9-1 and 4-3 in overtime) and beat Cape Elizabeth twice (2-1 and 5-4 in overtime).

For Camden Hills, Jack Orne and Grayson Szumilars turned in remarkable performances, as Orne finished with four goals and an assist and Szumilas two goals and three assists.

Additionally, James Annis and Simon Lydon netted goals, while Lydon added three assists and Orne and Stephen Hand both one.

Jet Magri (21 saves) played in goal for the Windjammers, who had three minor penalties for six minutes.

"Jack Orne and Grayson Szumilas made plays all over the ice [and] their linemate Simon Lydon [pitched] in with several assists and a goal," said coach Enroth. "James Annis and Stephen Hand connected on our first goal, which kind of got us going. Defenseman Cal Robbins blocked a potential goal at the end of the period, and goalie Jet Magri made some key saves when York was trying to get back into the game. This time of season you need your best players to be your best players and you also need everyone on the team just doing their part which happened tonight."

For York, Adam Jannetti tallied two goals and Derek Neal and Zach Franklin both one. Neal added two assists and Franklin, Jared Clauson and Wes Warner all one. Jared Posternak (24 saves) played between the pipes for the Wildcats, who were whistled for three minor penalties for six minutes.

Camden Hills dominated, however, grabbing the momentum early, leading 3-1 after one period and 6-1 through two periods. The Windjammers led in shots on goal 32-25, including 10-6 in the first period and 10-7 in the second. Both teams took 12 shots in the third.

Both teams were 1-of-3 on the power play.

Camden Hills and York split two regular-season games, with the Windjammers winning 9-3 and the Wildcats winning 6-3.

Friday's outcome was the first semifinal playoff victory in the short history of the Windjammer program. Last year, No. 5 Yarmouth nipped No. 4 Camden Hills 7-6 in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

On Friday, York scored first on Neal's hard one-timer off a Camden Hills turnover. But Camden Hills responded three minutes later on Annis' back-door goal off a Hand pass. Two minutes later, Orne scored two goals in a 28-second span to put the higher-seed ahead 3-1 after one period.

Lydon scored an early goal in the second period to give Camden Hills a 4-1 lead. Orne scored two more goals to give Camden Hills a commanding 6-1 cushion heading into the third period.

Janetti tallied two goals in the first five minutes of the third period to cut York's deficit to 6-3. Szumilas stopped the York momentum with a goal at the six-minute mark to give Camden Hills a 7-3 advantage.

York tallied a goal with just under four minutes to play to cut the Windjammer cushion to 7-4 and give the Wildcats life. Camden Hills took a penalty with three minutes remaining and the Windjammers called a timeout to plan for York's power play and the possibility of the Wildcats pulling the goalie to play six on four in the zone. York buzzed the Camden Hills net for several scoring opportunities until Szumilas created a turnover at the blue line point and skated the puck toward the York goal and shot into the empty net to cap the scoring.

This year's state championship game will be Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Colisee. Still in the championship mix in Eastern Class B are No. 1 Messalonskee of Oakland, No. 4 Hampden Academy, No. 6 Presque Isle and No. 2 John Bapst of Bangor, all of whom play in regional semifinal games Saturday, March 2.

Camden Hills also captured the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship with an exciting 5-4 double-overtime decision over Messalonskee Feb. 23 at the Sukee Ice Arena in Winslow.

Camden Hills has a young team, which includes three seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and 10 freshmen. The seniors are Stephen Hand, Calvin Robbins and Evan Neilson.

This season, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 110-62.

The individual scoring in Friday's semifinal playoff game between Camden Hills and York included:

First period — Camden Hills: Annis, 8:23 (Hand assisting); Orne, 10:25 (unassisted); and Orne, 10:53 (Szumilas, Lydon assisting). York: Neal, 5:21 (Franklin assisting).

Second period — Camden Hills: Lydon, 1:17 (Szumilas assisting); Orne, 9:45 (Szumilas, Lydon assisting); and Orne, 13:37 (Lydon assisting).

Third period — Camden Hills: Szumilas, 6:00 (Orne assisting); and Szumilas, 13:05 (unassisted). York: Jannetti, 2:22 (Neal, Clauson assisting); Jannetti, 4:48 (Neal, Warner assisting); and Franklin, 11:16 (unassisted).

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