To start the season, there were indications the Camden Hills ice hockey would flourish in opponents' rinks with road trips being fun and successful.

That was the case in three early high school ice victories, but, for one trip at least, the Windjammers met a tough match on Wednesday, Jan. 3 in a 6-1 loss to host and Class B North's top-ranked Hampden Academy at the Penobscot Ice Arena.

It has been an up-and-down season thus far for the Windjammers, who have dealt with player injuries, as team's do most years and, on Wednesday, the hosts jumped to a 5-0 lead and cruised to the victory.

Michael Blackwell and Thomas Griebel combined on the lone goal for the Windjammers.

In terms of statistics, the Hamden Academy and Camden Hills ice clash appeared close. However, the scoreboard told a different story.

The Broncos held a 29-24 edge in shots, including 10-3 in the first period and 8-6 in the third, but the Windjammers led 10-3 in the second.

Goalies James Lynch of Camden Hills and Cooper Ryan of Hampden Academy finished with 23 saves.

Camden Hills had two minor penalties and one major game disqualification for nine minutes and Hampden Academy two minors for four minutes.

The foes were 0-of-2 on the power play.

Hampden Academy jumped to early lead on a Cooper Leland's slap shot and the opponents played hard through the opening period as the Broncos led 1-0. Then the game dramatically changed.

Hamden Academy scored four goals midway through the second period to take a commanding 5-0 advantage.

The Windjammers responded with pressure on the Bronco net during the second half of the second period, but mustered only one goal as Ryan made several outstanding saves between the pipes for the hosts.

Marcus Dunn added a third-period goal for the Broncos.

"We had no answer in terms of stopping Hampden's potent first line of Leland, Dunn [and Sam] Economy, as they accounted for all six goals scored on us tonight," said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "We had a letdown to open the second period and their first line took advantage scoring four quick goals. Hampden's first line is very opportunistic and they all know how to finish either in open ice or around the net."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (3-4, 7.5926 points) is fifth, while Hampden Academy (6-1, 14.0741 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six squads qualify for the playoffs.

The individual scoring included:

First period — HA, 1-0, at 14:10, Leland (Dunn assisting). Leland skated down the left-side boards and fired a hard, high slap shot top right corner of the net.

Second period — HA, 2-0, at 14:23, Economy (Leland assisting). Economy scored on a wrist shot from the low slot. HA, 3-0, at 12:27, Dunn (Seth Sawley assisting). Dunn attacked the high slot and fired a hard snap shot top corner. HA, 4-0, at 9:33, Economy (Leland, Dunn assisting). Economy shot from the low slot. HA, 5-0, at 7:40, Leland (unassisted). Leland scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff. CH, 5-1, at 5:19, Blackwell (Griebel assisting). Blackwell knocked in a loose puck in the slot off Griebel's forecheck

Third period — HA, 6-1, at 12:07, Dunn (Adam Thompson assisting). Dunn skated down the left-side boards and fired a hard wrist shot far corner of the net.

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