ROCKPORT — The defending Class B North champion Camden Hills ice hockey team continued to plug away at about the midpoint of the regular season as the Windjammers, known in 2022-23 as the road warriors, have sailed to a 5-3 mark after eight games — the first seven played away from their Midcoast Recreation Center rink.

The Windjammers battled Hampden Academy — in a rematch of last year’s regional championship — and came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Sawyer Ice Arena in Bangor, but righted the ship at home on Saturday, Jan. 14 with a 5-4 home win over Old Town/Orono.

Camden Hills’ Flynn Lilly. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The following is a recap of reported results:

Camden Hills 5, Old Town/Orono 4

At Rockport Jan. 14, the Windjammers pulled ahead for good in the third period and bested the visitors. Camden Hills led 3-1 after the first period, while Old Town/Orono later scored a pair and knotted the score 3-3 after two periods.

Owen McManus lit the lamp twice in the win for Camden Hills, while Aiden Aselton added one goal and one assist; Blake Christie, one goal; Alden Howard, one goal; and Lucas Wyman, one assist.

Old Town/Orono was keyed offensively by Dylan Davis with two goals, while Ridge Mitchell (goal), Alex McCannell (goal), Dylan Davis (2 assists) and Ian Bouchard (assist) also chipped in for the visitors.

Quinn Hoppin made nine saves on 13 shots between the pipes in the win for the Windjammers, while Brock Parks made 27 saves on 32 chances for Old Town/Orono.

Windjammer coach Jon Magri said despite holding a 3-1 lead after the first period, his team “was not playing with a spark” and “I made it clear to them that they needed to find their game.”

“On a positive note, we outshot our opponent 32-13, but we still have to perform better in the neutral zone and defensive end,” he said. “We need to be flawless in our own end because this league is turning out to be a very offensive-minded league with teams and players that can put pucks in the net if given the chance.  We do not want to give up those chances.”

Trailing 5-3 late, Old Town/Orono pulled its goalie in favor of another skater and scored off a 6-on-5 advantage, but Camden Hills was able to keep the equalizer out of the net and emerged with the win.

Magri said the Windjammer penalty kill was outstanding — in particular, sophomore Alden Howard — which resulted in two shorthanded goals and killing 5-of-6 power-play opportunities from Old Town/Orono.

“He was simply inspiring to watch,” said Magri of Howard. “Not only the penalty kill, he took his game to another level Saturday night and had nothing left at the final buzzer.”

Hampden Academy 5, Camden Hills 2

At Bangor Jan. 12, the Broncos got a bit of revenge on the Windjammers — who defeated them in last year’s regional championship — and emerged with a three-goal victory. Hampden Academy led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two periods.

Camden Hills’ Owen Hotchkin, left, and Quinn Hoppin. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Aiden Aselton and Lucas Wyman netted goals for Camden Hills, while Owen McManus added two assists and Flynn Lilly one.

Adrian Webb, Andrew Crouse and Lucas Dunn had one goal and one assist in the win for Hampden Academy, while Tucker Leland (goal), Keith Brooks (goal), Matthew Shayne (assist), Zach Wilson (assist) and Nikolas Bates (assist) also chipped in on offense for the hosts.

Camden Hills’ Alden Howard (23), among others. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Quinn Hoppin made 19 saves on 23 shots in net for Camden Hills, while Aaron Donovan turned away 41 of 43 shots between the pipes for Hampden Academy.

The Windjammers were 2-of-2 (100 percent) on the power play and the Broncos 2-of-3 (67 percent).

Despite outshooting the Broncos 44-24, the Windjammers ran into a hot goalie in Donovan. And, as veteran Camden Hills coach Jon Magri said: “That’s hockey.”

“[We] did not play our best hockey the first half of the first period and we had some defensive letdowns, which is rare with our core of defensemen,” he said. “But Hampden [Academy] got up on us by two goals before we got our game going.”

Magri said Donovan was “running hot” between the pipes for the Broncos and, despite the fact the visitors outshot the hosts and the Broncos’ top line showing signs of fatigue, “we didn’t bury the equalizer.”

“We pulled our goalie with 45 seconds left on an offensive zone faceoff with hopes of chipping away the deficit one goal at a time, but the puck left the zone of the faceoff and we couldn’t accomplish a smooth reentry resulting in a transition and an empty net goal for Hampden Academy,” he said.

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