To state the Camden Hills ice hockey team has put many miles in the seats of a school bus in the beginning of the season would be an accurate statement, and the Windjammers added more mileage to their odometer on Tuesday, Dec. 19 with yet another road contest.

Sawyer Ice Arena, the home rink for John Bapst, proved a fruitful place for the visitors as the Windjammers used three second-period goals to lift their sails to a 5-2 high school ice victory.

Michael Blackwell netted two goals, while Sarah Contento, Cam Christie and Dan Lydon scored the other three for Camden Hills.

Connor Robbins and Nate Seburn scored for the Crusaders.

Camden Hills never trailed and led 1-0 after one period, 4-1 after the second and closed its five-goal total with a third-period goal.

Winless John Bapst netted the first goal of the second stanza to tie the score, and added a third-period goal around the midway mark.

“We had a more determined, focused effort from the start than our last game and stayed with it throughout the game,” said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth.

The Windjammer offense was potent as they registered 38 shots on goal compared to nine for the Crusaders. The Windjammers outshot the hosts 19-2 in the first period and 11-9 in the second, while both teams tallied eight in the final frame.

Camden Hills goalie Matt Czuchra stopped 17 shots in his work between the pipes, as Dan Sprague of John Bapst stopped 33.

“Defenseman Dan Lydon was effective throughout playing a strong game on both ends of the ice for us," Enroth said. "We got key offensive contributions from Michael Blackwell, Sarah Contento, Cam Christie and Ben Wells.”

Camden Hills carried the play throughout the first period as it outshot the Crusaders by a wide margin.

The Windjammers got on the board with a Blackwell rush down the left wing.

Sprague kept the game close after the opening period, allowing his team to tie the game two-and-a-half-minutes into the second period. Under half a minute later, the Windjammers retook the lead, on Contento's goal. The Windjammers added power-play and shorthanded goals to push the lead to 4-1 after two periods.

Both teams played hard in the final period, as Seburn scored a shorthanded goal for the home squad.

The Crusaders pulled their goalie in the final minutes for an extra attacker, but could not generate much offense. Blackwell added the fifth goal for Camden Hills with an accurate turnaround shot from center ice into the empty net.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (3-1, 3.4568 points) is second, while Hampden Academy (3-1, 5.2469 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

The Windjammers' lone loss this season is to the top-ranked Broncos.

The individual scoring included:

First period — CH, 1-0, 8:06, Blackwell (unassisted). Blackwell skated down the left wing and scored with a wrist shot.

Second period — JB, 1-1, 12:32, Robbins (Alex Walls assisting). Robbins tipped in a shot off Alex Walls' slap shot. CH, 2-1, 12:08, Contento (Wells assisting). Content knocked in a loose puck from the right-side net front. CH, 3-1, 8:05, Christie, shorthanded (Wells assisting). Christie backhanded a puck past Sprague in the mid-slot. CH, 4-1, 3:24, Dan Lydon, power play (Thomas Griebel, Blackwell assisting). Lydon skated the puck from the right-side blue line point and shot a hard wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

Third period — JB, 4-2, 11:42, Seburn (unassisted). Suburb skated into a Camden Hills turnover just inside the blue line and quickly skated the puck to the net and shot past Czuchra. CH, 5-2, 0:01, Blackwell (unassisted). Blackwell created a turnover at center ice and quickly fired the puck from the center ice face offensive circle into the John Bapst net.