High school ice hockey

Camden Hills continues to grow through tough ice lessons

Windjammers cannot keep pace with Old Town/Orono, Yarmouth at MRC
By Ken Waltz | Jan 09, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Andrew Orne stretches before a Jan. 4 high school ice hockey game with Old Town-Orono at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The visitors beat the Windjammers 8-2.

Rockport — The learning, growing and improving process for the Camden Hills ice hockey team continued against much more experienced opponents in two recent home games at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The winless Windjammers lost to Yarmouth 5-0 on Saturday, Jan. 7 and Old Town/Orono 8-2 on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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Yarmouth 5 Camden Hills 0

The Clippers scored one goal in the first and second periods and three in the third to cement the victory.

"Well, once again we were competitive for stretches of time but ran out of steam as the game wore on, especially in the final period," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "For the most part the players worked hard, but we still need to find a way to get stronger mentally and physically in order to execute plays and sustain a higher level of play as games play out."

Yarmouth led 41-18 in shots on net, including 14-3 in the second period and 17-5 in the third. The teams had 10 shots apiece in the first period.

Matt Czuchra made 36 saves in his work between the pipes for the Windjammers and Dan Latham 18 in goal for Yarmouth.

Camden Hills had three minor penalties for six minutes and Yarmouth one minor for two minutes.

The Windjammers did not score on their lone power-play opportunity and Yarmouth was 2-of-3 in the same situation.

Yarmouth jumped to a 1-0 lead as BIll Morrill scored when he was left unattended at the Windjammer net front. The teams played fairly even and up-and-down on the ice in the opening period.

In the second period, Yarmouth found its skating legs and converted another goal from Morrill at the Windjammer net front. Yarmouth held a territorial advantage, but Windjammer goalie Czuchra kept the Clippers from scoring again and the visitors led 2-0 as the opponents headed to the final period.

In the third period, Yarmouth put the game out of reach with three goals in the final 6:20.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (0-7, no points) is tied for ninth, while Waterville (6-0, 24.1049 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven squads qualify for the playoffs.

The individual scoring from the Jan. 7 game included:

First period — Yar, 1-0, at 12:33, Dom Morrill (Cooper May assist). Moriill shot from in front of the net.

Second period — Yar, 2-0, at 12:53, Dom Morrill (unassisted).

Third period — Yar, 3-0, at 6:20, Bennett Travers (Cooper May, Chris Romano assists). Travers from the low slot. Yar, 4-0, at 4:07, Bill Jacobs (Bill Morrill, Cooper May assists) On power play, Morrill shot stationed at the net front low-slot. Yar, 5-0, at 0.47, Bill Jacobs (Bill Morrill assist). On power play, Jacobs one-time shot from the backdoor left post.

Old Town/Orono 8, Camden Hills 2

"We were competitive during parts of the game and had some solid scoring opportunities despite the wide disparity in shots on net," said Enroth. "A couple defensive breakdowns toward the end of the first period and to start the third period really hurt any chance we had tonight."

The coach said "Old Town/Orono is one of the better teams in Class B North this season and tonight they showed it with some speed and good puck movement."

For Camden Hills, Will Davee finished with a goal and assist and Perrin Ganter a goal.

Old Town/Orono held a 52-18 edge in shots, including 21-7 in the first period, 13-5 in the second and 18-6 in the third.

Windjammer goalie Matt Czuchra made a eye-popping 44 saves between the pipes, while Khole Parker had 16 stops in goal for the visitors.

"Defensively, Dan Lydon and Matt Czuchra played really well tonight and forwards Perrin Ganter and Will Davee played solid two-way hockey throughout the game," Enroth said.

Camden Hills had two minor penalties for four minutes and Old Town/Orono no penalties.

The visitors were 1-of-2 on the power play.

The coach said the Windjammers experienced significant turnover in players from previous recent years when they annually challenged for regional titles. That, coupled with this season's overeall youth, inexperience, player sickness and significant injuries, has hampered the team's overall progress.

The individual scoring from the Jan. 4 game included:

First period — OT/O, 1-0, at 12:48, Austin Sheehan (unassisted). Sheehan on a slap shot from the right blue-line point. CH, 1-1, at 11:36, Will Davee (unassisted). Davee jumped on a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot past Parker. OT/O, 2-1, at 3:59, Jacob Dubay (Tyler Wheeler assist). Dubay rushed the puck through the left-side neutral zone wide into the offensive zone, beat a Camden Hills defender to the net and cut across the low slot from left to right before he slipped the puck past Czuchra. OT/O, 3-1, at 3:47, Jacob Gallon (Nick Boutin assist). Boutin won an offensive-zone draw at the left faceoff circle to Gallon at the top of the circle, where Gallon directed a high shot short side just under the crossbar.

Second period — CH, 3-2, at 9:51, Perrin Ganter (Will Davee assist). Ganter collected a pass from Davee in the high-slot and fired a quick, accurate shot past the right leg pad of Parker. OT/O, 4-2, at 9:26, Tyler McCannell (unassisted). McCannell, posted at the right mid-slot, fired a quick wrist shot past Czuchra.

Third period — OT/O, 5-2, at 14:27, Tyler Wheeler (Austin Sheehan assist). Wheeler collected a rebound off a Sheehan slap shot and one-timed the puck into the net from the low mid-slot. OT/O, 6-2, at 13:52, Ben Allen Rahill (Nick Boutin, Jacob Gallon assists) Rahill shot from the low-slot. OT/O, 7-2, at 12:43, Jacob Dubay (Jacob Gallon, Tyler Wheeler assists). On the power play, Dubay shot from the left low slot. OT/O, 8-2, at 3:17, Jacob Dubay (Jacob Gallon assists). Gallon won a faceoff to Dubay, who skated into a shot from the faceoff circle.

Old Town/Orono at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Old Town/Orono on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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