High school ice hockey

Camden Hills slides back to No. 1 with 'high-energy' one-goal win over 'Hawks

Wells, Tyler, Roy score goals, others, including goalie Gardner, "invest in outcome"
By Ken Waltz | Jan 06, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' Levi Guay, middle, battles for the puck against Waterville/Winslow on Jan. 5 during high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Riverhawks 3-2.

Rockport — The Camden Hills ice hockey team has flirted with the top spot in Class B North for portions of the campaign and with a Heal Point-worthy, one-goal home victory over Waterville/Winslow — known as the Kennebec Riverhawks — on Saturday night, Jan. 5 at the Midcoast Recreation Center, that exciting relationship with the No. 1 position may be a bit more permanent.

The Windjammers defeated the Riverhawks, the team on their heels for first place in the region, 3-2 in a competititve contest.

Ben Wells, Bryce Tyler and Eliza Roy tallied goals and Charlie Griebel, Nicholas Tausek and Dylan Hasting assists for Camden Hills. Roy ultimately recorded the game-winning score on a tip-in.

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For the 'Hawks, Zach Menoudarakos finished with a goal and assist, Cooper Hart a goal and John Evans an assist.

Working between the pipes, Windjammer William Gardner had 21 saves and Riverhawks Ben Grenier 38 stops.

"We knew coming into this game that every player had to invest themselves in the final outcome," said Windjammer coach John Magri. "Playing the first-place team in the [region] on a Saturday night in front of a full house, missing one of our top defensemen due to injury, was the task at hand. This group of players more often than not finds a way as a team to win hockey games."

The visitors led 1-0 after one period before the hosts erupted for three goals in the second. The Riverhawks added a final goal in the third.

Camden Hills finished with three penalties for six minutes and the Riverhawks three for 17 minutes. The teams were 0-of-3 on the power play.

Camden Hills led 41-22 in shots, including 15-7, 9-8 and 17-7 at the period breaks.

Coach Magri said the Windajmmers "finally came out in this game and served up a high-energy, high work-ethic first period. We played in the Kennebec end most of the period, we outshot them 15 to 7 and had no penalties. Our checking line of Eliza Roy, Hayden Thibeault and Dylan Hastings once again pinned the other team down in their own end, applied pressure and drew frustration resulting in a five-minute major power play for Camden Hills."

However, due to "stellar play" by the visitor's goalie Grenier, along with posts rung and shots just wide of the net, the hosts did not capitalize on the opportunity. However, the Windjammers still contributed to a high-pressure game that wore down the Riverhawks.

Late in the first period, Kennebec slipped the puck into the goal in a "mess of traffic in front" to take a 1-0 lead at the break. "We had a great period, but entered the locker room down a goal. That’s hockey," Magri said.

The coach said his team played an even faster game to start the second period.

"The key being we were always moving our feet and applying high pressure and getting to pucks first," he said.

Wells scored on a feed from Griebel and Tyler scored a shorthanded breakaway goal when he "dissected the strengths and weaknesses of the Kennebec goalie and placed a puck cleanly in the net. He is a scorer and a technician of the offensive part of the game."

Gardner also came up with a "huge stop" to keep the game 2-1 with "one of those saves that is such a well-placed, emotional boost that a goalie can give to a team."

With three minutes left in the second period the checking line of Roy, Hastings and Thibeault applied pressure in the Kennebec end and Hastings fed Tausek at the point and Tausek released a shot from the top of the circle and Roy executed a beautiful tip to redirect the puck from a waist-high trajectory down to the ice and into the goal.

The third was another high-paced period where "Kennebec pushed back with everything they had. Camden [Hills] applied high-pressure and we never stopped working hard and skating hard for puck possession. We really pressured the Kennebec goalie with shots, but he was up to the task and had a shutout in the third period."

Gardner also continued to make key saves.But, with six minutes left, Hart put a long wrist shot over the glove of Gardner to close the gap to 3-2.

"This was a nail-biter and was going to come down to work ethic and grit," Magri said. "With less than a minute to go in the third period there was a faceoff in the Camden [Hills'] end and Kennebec pulled their goalie and applied six-on-five pressure in the Camden [Hills'] end to close the game."

The coach said Andrew Orne, Nolan Delehey, Hastings, Wells, Levi Guay, along with Gardner, were tasked with protecting the net. During the final seconds of the game Gardner made key stops and Guay blocked four shots at the point to bring the win home, Magri said.

The coach said Orne "played a flawless, physical, smart hockey game for all 45 minutes" and "was a key role player in disrupting Kennebec’s offense all night. He simply played a great game. Levi Guay’s multiple blocked shots in the game, high-speed pressure, and gritty back-checking all over the ice was something that I would label as heroic."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (6-2, 24.2593 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

The individual scoring included:

First period — Wat/Win, 4:16, Menoudarakos (Evans assisting).

Second period — CH, 13:23, Wells (Griebel assisting); CH, 5:26, Tyler, shorthanded; and CH, 3:36, Roy (Tausek, Hastings assisting).

Third period — Wat/Win, 6:34, Hart (Menoudarakos assisting).

Waterville/Winslow at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Waterville/Winslow on Jan. 5 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recereation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nate Van Lonkhuyzen. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Will Gardner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, front, and Levi Guay, middle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek, right, and Waterville/Winslow's Nathan Newgard. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nate Van Lonkhuyzen, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nate Van Lonkhuyzen, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nate Van Lonkhuyzen, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Nate Van Lonkhuyzen, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, left, and Waterville-Winslow's Brandon Mason. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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