The Camden Hills ice hockey team began the winter campaign with a successful trip to “The County,” and returned home with a pair of sweet road wins on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9 for their traveling troubles.

The Windjammers posted an 8-3 victory over Presque Isle on Friday and a 3-2 overtime win over Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook on Saturday.

The following is a summary of those contests:

Camden Hills 3, Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook 2 (OT)

At Houlton Dec. 9, the Windjammers edged the hosts in overtime. The squads were scoreless after the first period, while Camden Hills led 2-1 at halftime before the hosts rallied to tie the score at the end of regulation.

Cam Christie, Nick Tausek and Liam Haining netted goals for Camden Hills, while Tausek, Jason Greenleaf and Bryce Tyler logged assists.

Jason Collet and A.J. Henderson scored for Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook.

Camden Hills held a 28-23 edge in shots. Matt Czuchra made 21 saves for the Windjammers, while Ian Neureuther made 25 stops for the Blackhawks.

The visitors were 2-of-11 on the power play and the hosts 0-of-5.

The Blackhawks played “a reckless, overaggressive physical game” in the first period, resulting in four minor penalties, a game disqualification to one of their players and injuries to Camden Hills’ Isaac Bricker and Charlie Griebel, said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth.

"Even though it's early in the season, this was kind of a gut-check game for our hockey team,” said Enroth. “It just felt like we were up against it today. It was kind of a hostile environment and we had a short turnaround from playing the night before. Our opponent tried to use their size advantage playing a very reckless, aggressive game that resulted in some dirty checks and we suffered an injury because of it.

"We suffered another injury later in the offensive zone. The puck was not finding the back of the net like the previous night in Presque Isle. With all the penalties and other stuff going on it was tough to get into a regular flow. I think, in the end, because we were able, for the most part, to maintain our poise and composure playing through some difficult aspects of the game, was the difference in winning today."

The Blackhawks had 14 minor penalties and one disqualification for a total of 33 minutes, while the Windjammers committed eight minor penalties for 16 minutes.

Camden Hills 8, Presque Isle 5

At Presque Isle Dec. 8, the Windjammers sailed past the host Wildcats. Presque Isle led 3-1 after the first period, while Camden Hills rallied to tie the game 5-5 after two periods. Camden Hills scored the last five goals of the game, including all three in the third period.

Leading the Camden Hills attack were Charlie Griebel (3 goals, assist), Christie (2 goals), Nate VonLonkhuyzen (goal, 4 assists), Tyler (goal), Tausek (goal), Dan Lydon (assist), Michael Blackwell (assist), Isaac Bricker (assist) and Hayden Thibeault (assist).

Riley Kinney and Jake Stevens scored two goals for Presque Isle, while Gage LeTourneau added one goal and Colby Bonville two assists.

Camden Hills outshot Presque Isle 34-26. The Wildcats outshot the Windjammers 9-8 in the first period, while the Windjammers outshot the Wildcats 14-9 in the second and 12-10 in the third.

Czuchra made 23 saves for Camden Hills and Andre Daigle 26 stops for Presque Isle.

The Windjammers were 1-of-4 on the power play and the Wildcats 0-of-2. Camden Hills committed two minor penalties for four minutes and Presque Isle five minors and one misconduct for 15 minutes.

Presque Isle capitalized on several Camden Hills defensive lapses, the coach said, but the Windjammers found their legs over the final two periods.

"We started out complacent on the back check and just some poor defensive play got us in trouble in the first period,” said Enroth. “In [the] second and third periods our offense got rolling and the puck was finding the back of the net.”

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