High school ice hockey

Camden Hills puts preseason holiday tourney title on ice

Windjammers beat John Bapst, Bangor JVs, fall to Brewer; down Brunswick Dec. 1
By Ken Waltz | Dec 03, 2012
Courtesy of: Amy Hand Scene from the John Bapst Holiday Faceoff Tournament Nov. 24 at Sawyer Ice Arena in Bangor.

Bangor — The Camden Hills ice hockey squad still may be relatively young overall, but that does not mean the Windjammers, led by veteran coach Karl Enroth, are not talented enough to give any opponent, on any given day or night, a run for its money.

And the Windjammers did that several times Nov. 24 as they forged to the championship of the preseason John Bapst Holiday Faceoff Tournament at Sawyer Arena. The Windjammers won in a tiebreaker.

Camden Hills, John Bapst, Brewer, Presque Isle, Houlton and the Bangor jayvees participated in the event. Each team played three shortened games that consisted of two periods.

Camden Hills also defeated Brunswick 4-3 in overtime in an exhibition game Dec. 1 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The following are the Camden Hills game results from the holiday tourney:

Camden Hills 7 John Bapst 1

Jack Orne led the Windjammers' offensive attack with two goals, while Jonah Cameron and Austin Gallant contributed a goal and assist in the win. James Annis, Stephen Hand and Simon Lydon also scored for the Windjammers. Freshmen Jet Magri and Zach Hand split the goaltending duties and limited the host Crusaders to one goal.

Brewer 3, Camden Hills 0

Both squads played a fast-paced transition game that featured multiply scoring chances, said coach Enroth. However, Brewer goalie Patrick Spaulding was the "star of the game" as he made standout saves throughout the contest to prevent the Windjammers from scoring. Camden Hills outshot the Witches 23-15 over the two periods. Magri turned away 12 shots playing between the pipes for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills 6 Bangor JVs 1

Orne tallied two goals and an assist, while Lydon added a goal and two assists, Grayson Szumilas a goal and assist and Chase Matteo and Stephen Hand one goal each in the Windjammer victory. Zach Hand made seven saves in net for the Windjammers.

The scores from all the tourney games included:

Game 1: Brewer 5, Bangor JVs 3. Game 2: Camden Hills 7, John Bapst 1. Game 3: Presque Isle 1, Houlton 0. Game 4: Brewer 3, Camden Hills 0. Game 5: Houlton 3, Bangor JVs 3. Game 6: John Bapst 7, Presque Isle 4. Game 7: Camden Hills 6, Bangor JVs 1. Game 8: John Bapst 2, Houlton 2. Game 9: Presque Isle 4, Brewer 2.

The results of the Dec. 1 preseason game at MRC were:

Camden Hills 4, Brunswick 3 (OT)

At Rockport Dec. 1, the host Class B Windjammers outlasted the Class A Dragons of Brunswick in a preseason game, with all the scoring coming in the second and third periods. The game was knotted 1-1 after two periods. Camden Hills 2-1 during the game.

Annis, Matteo, Lydon and Orne tallied goals for the hosts, while Stephen Hand (2) and Annis contributed assists for the Windjammers. Orne scored the game-winning goal in overtime on a penalty shot.

"It was a competitive and entertaining high school hockey game," said Enroth. "Our fans were into it, the players competed hard and it was great atmosphere all-around."

Camden Hills held a 29-24 edge in shots on net, including 12-7 in the second, 8-7 in the third and 2-1 in the OT. Brunswick led 9-7 in shots in the first period.

Camden Hills was whistled for eight minor penalties and one major infraction for 26 minutes and Brunswick six minors and one penalty shot minor for 12 minutes.

Zach Hand (13 saves) and Magri (9 saves) split time in goal for the Windjammers and Blake Alexander (18 saves) and Joe Cadembe (7 saves) shared time between the pipes for Brunswick.

Camden Hills was 0-of-5 on the power play and Brunswick 1-of-7 in those situations.

The individual scoring included:

First period — None.

Second period — Camden Hills, 13:28, Annis (Stephen Hand assisting). Stephen Hand slipped a pass to Annis skating through the low slot. Brunswick, 5:35, Tyler Sullivan (Nate Granholm assisting). Granholm gained possession skating into the neutral zone, attacked the offensive zone wide and passed to Sullivan on the opposite side for one-timer.

Third period — Brunswick, 13:36, Kyle Woodnuff. Woodnuff skated onto a loose puck in the low slot and scored. Camden Hills, 13:05, Matteo (Annis and Stephen Hand assisting). Matteo scored on a rebound in front of the Brunswick net. Camden Hills, 9:54, Lydon. Lydon followed his shot on net and scored on the rebound from the right front. Brunswick, 1:21, Cam Hentley (Woodnuff assisting). On the power play, Hentley fired a slap shot from center point that found the top corner of the net.

Overtime — Camden Hills, 7:06, Orne. Just 54 seconds into overtime, a Brunswick defender covered the puck with his hand in the crease, which allowed Camden Hills a penalty shot. Orne started from center ice and skated the puck into the Brunswick zone toward goalie Cadembe. Orne faked his shot, which froze Cadembe, and Orne went to his right forehand to shoot the puck into the net.

Windjammer fundraisers

Head coach Enroth and assistant coach Jesse Simko will lead the team again this season. “We have a mix of several experienced returning players, and a younger group of new energetic players," Enroth said. "Watching them play [Nov. 24] at the John Bapst Faceoff Tournament makes me optimistic that the team will continue to work hard and be competitive this season."

Simko echoed Enroth's statement, adding, “They’re a great group. It will be rewarding to see them come together as a team.”

Windjammer home regular-season games will be on Dec. 12 and 15, with seven more in the new year.

The CHRHS Ice Hockey Booster Club will be fundraising throughout the season to pay for ice time, referee fees, locker room rental and uniforms. Costs are going up, said Enroth, and this year $30,000 needs to be raised to keep the team on the ice.

The booster club is a 501c3 organization, so donations are tax-exempt. The players and booster club will be selling season passes, game handbook ads and ice sponsorship.

For more information about ways to support the team contact booster club treasurer Jane Bennett at 322-4611 or by email at djnben@tidewater.net; or send donations to CHRHS Ice Hockey Booster Club, P.O. Box 177, Lincolnville Center, Maine 04850.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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