ROCKPORT — “It was good win and a necessary win for the team.”

That is how veteran Camden Hills ice hockey coach John Magri summed up the Windjammers’ 5-3 high school rink victory over John Bapst/Hermon/Bangor Christian/Deer Isle-Stonington on Wednesday night, Feb. 2 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The Windjammers, who stand at 6-3 on the campaign, had lost to Hampden Academy in their previous game and needed to ice a victory. They did that at their home rink.

Camden Hills tallied three goals in the first period and one each in the next two frames, while the Crusaders tallied one in the first and two in the second.

Alex Kurzius netted two goals and Jakob Johnson, Owen McManus and Aiden Aselton one for the hosts, while Johnson chipped in two assists and Elias Libby, Emmett Marshall and Camden Powell one.

Carter Walls scored three goals for the Crusaders.

“Carter Walls of John Bapst can skate and skate fast,” Magri said. “He has an extra gear when he is backchecking or going after the puck that is difficult to contain.”

Jackson Bernier finished with 15 saves on 18 shots for .833 save percentage in goal for Camden Hills and Gavin Bartlett had 26 saves on 31 shots for .839 for the visitors.

“John Bapst was an important game for Camden Hills coming off of a disappointing loss to Hampden Academy,” Magri said. “The team wanted this game and came out of the gate loud, on the attack and basically overwhelmed John Bapst in the first period.”

The Windjammers led 31-18 in shots, including 15-4 and 11-3 in the first and third periods. The visitors held an 11-5 advantage in shots in the second.

John Bapst finished 1-of-5 on the power play and Camden Hills 1-of-1. The Crusaders had one penalty for two minutes and Windjammers five infractions for 10.

In the first period, Johnson scored, on the power play, from Libby at 2:57, while McManus added a goal from Marshall at 4:20 and Aselton at 11:55. Walls scored from Nate Tibbits at 4:01 for the Crusaders.

In second, Kurzius scored from Powell and Johnson at 7:17, while Walls scored twice, at 2:32 and again at 9:34 from Aiden Dunn. The coach said Powell, Johnson and Kurzius “put on a passing exhibition that was a tick-tack-toe play that landed on Kurzius’ stick and he put a wrist shot home.”

In the third, Alex Kurzius scored from Jakob Johnson at 12:14.

The coach said the Windjammers played a strong first period and “bad” second period.

“I think sometimes the players let up when they have a two-goal lead and think the other team is going to rollover,” he said. “Quite the contrary. John Bapst played a hungry second period and it paid dividends for them.”

Magri said the Windjammers’ effort was “elevated” in the third period with the “mindset of getting the work done and putting this game to bed.”