ROCKPORT — Camden Hills exploded for three second-period goals as Owen McManus finished with two scores and an assist, while goalie Jackson Bernier made 23 saves to earn the shutout as the host Windjammers beat Brunswick 3-0 on Saturday night, Jan. 22 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The Windjammers notched their fifth victory in seven high school rink games, but has had a handful of contests postponed for a variety of reasons.

Camden Hills’ Lucas Wyman, right, and Brunswick’s Ollie Bateman. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills returned to the ice on Saturday and was embroiled in a competitive battle with the visiting Dragons until the hosts pushed through in the second period.

McManus tallied two goals and Zanni Sabatini added another, while McManus, Sabatini and Elias Libby added assists for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills’ Owen McManus (9). Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills finished with a 26-23 edge in shots, including 12-5 in the second period. The opponents matched one another with eight shots in the third, while Brunswick led 10-6 in the first.

The power play proved crucial as the Windjammers converted 2-of-3 and Dragons 0-of-9.

Camden Hills pulled out the win despite spending considerable time in the penalty box. The Windjammers were whistled for 11 infractions for 25 minutes and Brunswick five for 13 minutes.

Camden Hills team members watch the action from the bench. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills broke a scoreless tie in the second period when Sabatini tallied the game-winner, from McManus, at 2:05. The hosts added two more scores in the frame, as McManus tallied goals on the power play, one at 5:20 and the other at 6:14, as Libby and Sabatini assisted.

Luke Patterson saved 23-of-26 shots in goal for the Dragons.

Windjammer coach John Magri said his squad was down players due to injuries “so we were putting a lot of different combinations on the ice and reaching deep into our lineup looking for support. It was a great team effort and everyone stepped up when given the call. Christopher Cammelieri, Anna Griebel and Dylan Johnson all had major contributions stepping up into the role of a forechecking line and contributing on the scoring lines when inevitable penalties and injuries thinned out the depth chart during the game. Obviously, we kept this game scoreless so the depth of our bench did not let us down.”

Camden Hills’ Jakob Johnson. Photo by Ken Waltz

The coach said Dylan Johnson, on a shift with Jakob Johnson and Camden Powell, planted himself in front of the Dragon goalie as a screen and was immovable. “This frustrated their defense which resulted in a Dragons’ penalty and eventually a power-play goal. It is these contributions that go unnoticed that have a huge impact on the outcome of a game,” he said.

Libby and Jakob Johnson had dual roles as forwards and defensemen and “really provided the speed that we needed in front and in back,” the coach said. The three full-time defensemen Rory Carlson, Aiden Aselton and Owen Hotchkin “played a physical, shutdown game, which contributed to the shutout.”

From left, Camden Hills’ Mary Hastings, Lucas Wyman and Owen Hotchkin. Photo by Ken Waltz

The line of Lucas Wyman, Alden Howard and Bennett Gardner “tortured” the Dragon defense with their “exhausting hard forecheck,” the coach said.

Magri said McManus was “on fire” with two goals, but also pressed the goalie with multiple opportunities and shots that hit the post or were thwarted by saves. “The Dragons learned to worry about him as the second period developed,” the coach said.

However, the key contributor was Bernier between the pipes, the coach said.

“We closed all three periods killing penalties and when the onslaught hit it was not only the 23 saves that Jackson made, but the types of saves he made,” the coach said. “We are talking highlight-reel stuff here, the kind of saves no one should make and that kind of performance really deflates the opposing team as they wonder what do they have to do to get a goal. Jackson has been on a roll the last few games and we are hopeful he carries that fire through the 11 games we have to play over the next 30 days and into the postseason.”

Messalonskee game

On Jan. 15 in Hallowell, the Windjammers lost a competitive 3-1 game to host Messalonskee of Oakland at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.

Aselton scored for the Windjammers, while Bernier again was outstanding in his work between the pipes, the coach said.

The foes battled to a scoreless tie in the first period in a packed rink. “The place was loud and felt like a big high school hockey game,” Magri said.

The second period started with a bench minor for Camden Hills because the visitors did not step on the ice on time for the start of the frame. Messalonskee scored its first goal during that power play.

“The officials made the game about penalties not hockey and we had to battle the entire second period either one man or two men down,” Magri said. “We accrued 22 minutes of penalties in a 15-minute period. The positive take was that after the opening goal we killed all of those penalties and concluded the second period in a 1-0 game.”

In the third, Messalonskee scored another power-play goal before Aselton crashed the net from the blue line to force a rebound in to make the game 2-1.

With about two minutes left the Windjammers pulled their goalie for six-on-five play and Messalonskee put a deep corner clear into the empty net to lock the final score.

“Hard-fought game,” said Magri.

The teams had 10 shots in the first and third periods, while the Eagles led 12-2 in shots in the second.