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High school ice hockey

Camden Hills puts another one-goal win on ice

Windjammers edge Gardiner 2-1 for second straight home victory
By Ken Waltz | Feb 11, 2021
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Camden Hills' Levi Guay (8) cuts between a trio of Gardiner defenders on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Tigers 2-1.

Rockport — It is too bad spectators, especially the always-noisy and emotionally-charged student section, have not been able to watch, in-person, the Camden Hills ice hockey team this season because, thus far, the Windjammers have been embroiled in two exciting, down-to-the-wire, one-goal home victories.

The team's second thrilling win came on Wednesday night, Feb. 10 at the Midcoast Recreation Center as the Windjammers outlasted Gardiner 2-1.

The game again included two 23-minute periods, as Owne McManus and Elias Libby scored goals and Cam Brown, Levi Guay and Libby added assists for the Windjammers.

Jon Flynn scored for the Tigers.

With the victory, Camden Hills improved 2-0 on the pandemic-altered and -shortened campaign.

The Windjammers also beat Waterville-Winslow 3-2 earlier in the season.

Watch video and see photos below.

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The Windjammers took a 2-0 first-period lead before Gardiner cut its deficit to 2-1 in the second.

McManus scored, on assists from Brown and Libby, at 12:39 of the opening period and Libby made it 2-0 on a goal from Guay on the power play with 9:46 left in the first.

Flynn knocked a puck into the net with 20:42 remaining in the second.

Jackson Bernier made 11 saves on 12 shots, for a save percentage of .917, in his play between the pipes for Camden Hills, while Max Dearborn had his work cut out for him with 27 saves on 29 shots, for a .931 save percentage, for the Tigers. Will Gardner finished in goal for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills coach John Magri said the highlights were the performance of Dearborn and the speed and execution of the Windjammers in the first period.

"As the other teams that we will be facing have had three-plus games under their belt prior to playing Camden Hills it always feels like a mystery what we will face each week, but then again, our philosophy is to play our brand of hockey no matter who we face or who they put on the ice," Magri said. "The first period of play in this game was outstanding for Camden Hills. We were fast, gritty and executed our system of play perfectly. We dominated play and spent most of the period in the Gardiner end. If it wasn’t for the Gardiner goaltender, who had a stellar performance in this game, the score would have been much higher."

The coach said the hosts had one "mental letdown" that resulted in a breakaway when the Windjammer defense got too hungry in the Gardiner end when camped at the top of the face-off circles instead of the blue line, but Gardiner could not capitalize as Bernier took a significant step out of his net to confront the Gardiner shooter and came up with a key save after spending a majority of the period stagnant.

Camden Hills outshot Gardiner 15-4 in the opening period, which paid two dividends, the coach said. The first score was an "old school, lunch-pail goal" by McManus on a rebound from a quick release shot by Brown off a feed from Libby. The second goal was the result of a "well-executed power play" where Guay fed Libby on the point and Libby burned a puck through high blocker side from the point.

Magri said after his team played "the best period of the season," Camden Hills brought their tempo down in the second and began to equalize and match Gardiner’s slow pace.

"This was not good and I warned our entire bench that playing down was going to provide disappointing results," the coach said.

That disappointing result came on the Tigers' goal at 20:42, "which put some lift in their sails," the coach said.

The development made it a one-goal game and, with Dearborn continuing to turn in an elite performance, "this was certainly not where we wanted to be," Magri said. "Our team rallied and picked up the pace again and the result was more offensive zone domination, yet the Gardiner goaltender would not budge."

The coach said late in the second period Bernier suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Gardner.

With less than two minutes left the Windjammer defensemen "got caught again playing too hungry in the offensive end, which resulted in yet another breakaway for Gardiner. Defensemen Elias Libby actually chased the Gardiner forward down and removed him from the puck prior to any shot on net, which was a true testament to the speed and conditioning of this team," Magri said.

Gardiner at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Gardiner on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Gardiner at Camden Hills on Feb. 10 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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