High school ice hockey

Check mate: Black Bears tally two third-period goals to outlast Windjammers

In hard-hitting battle for valuable Class B North Heal Points, visitors crash hosts' New Year's Day party
By Ken Waltz | Jan 02, 2020
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills goalie Jackson Bernier makes a save against Old Town/Orono on Jan. 1 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The visiting Black Bears beat the Windjammers 4-2.

Rockport — To celebrate New Year's Day, the Camden Hills and Old Town/Orono ice hockey teams clashed in a hard-checking, board-rattling high school rink affair Wednesday night that saw the Black Bears score a pair of early power-play goals, the Windjammers fight back to tie and then the visitors pull away at the end.

The game between the top squads in Class B North was worth a bundle of Heal Points.

In the end of the Jan. 1 ice affair, the Black Bears crashed the Windjammers' Midcoast Recreation Center holiday party as they broke a 2-2 third-period tie with two late goals to pull out the hard-fought, 4-2 victory to ring in the new year in front of a large, vocal crowd, which, as always, included a strong, festive student section.

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Old Town/Orono led 2-1 after the first two periods before Camden Hills tied the game 2-2 in the third.

Ultimately, the difference in the game was penalties and power-play conversions. The Black Bears were 3-of-4 on power plays, while Camden Hills was 0-of-1.

Jakob Johnson and Charlie Griebel (Levi Guay assisting) scored goals for Camden Hills.

Tyler McCannell (2 goals), Tanner Evans and Jackson Campbell found the back of the net for Old Town/Orono, while Nate Young tallied two assists and McCannell and Dylan Street one helper for the visitors.

The Black Bears held a 25-17 advantage in shots, which included a 9-0 edge in the second period, while Camden Hills held a 10-5 advantage in the third period.

Jackson Bernier made 21 saves in net for the Windjammers, while Aidan Rand stopped 15 shots for Old Town/Orono.

"Bernier was solid in net, really seeing the puck and making some great saves through some serious traffic in front of the net," said Camden Hills coach John Magri. "All of our defensemen maintained a high level of play throughout the game, especially Johnson, who had a standout game. It was really just our forwards that seemed to fade on us in the second period."

The Windjammers had five penalties for 10 minutes and Old Town/Orono two for four minutes.

"The Windjammers really wanted a win in this game," said Magri. "Old Town/Orono was the only team we played last year that we didn’t beat at least once, and Old Town/Orono was the team to end our postseason in the second round of playoffs."

The Windjammers came out strong and held the play in the Black Bear end of the ice in the first period, but penalties put the hosts at a disadvantage 9:03 in when Johnson went to the penalty box for hooking.

"Guay and Hayden Thibeault were the forwards on the penalty kill and Thibeault picked up a penalty when he slashed a player in the neutral zone during the kill," said Magri. "This put Camden [Hills] at a five-on-three disadvantage, which resulted in a power-play goal for Old Town/Orono about a minute into the five-on-three advantage. Now down only one man in a five-on-four scenario, Old Town/Orono scored again 25 seconds later with another power-play goal."

That made it 2-0 for the visitors early in the contest.

Camden Hills cut its deficit in half 34 seconds later, when Johnson skated end-to-end to score a pretty unassisted goal,

"Camden [Hills] basically outplayed Old Town/Orono when it was five-on-five, but we paid the price dearly for our penalties," said Magri. "[The Black Bears] had the most well executed power play we have faced this season and we weren’t able to kill it."

The Windjammers were unable to capitalize on the momentum in the second period but "our forwards came out flat and we were not forechecking and were pinned in our own end for a good portion of the period," the coach said.

The result was a 9-0 advantage in shots for Old Town/Orono in the second period, and Magri said the hosts were "fortunate to escape the period" with the score unchanged due to the standout play of Bernier.

The Windjammer forwards came back to life in the final period, the coach said, as the 10-5 advantage in shots attested, which included a goal from Griebel six minutes in.

Old Town/Orono scored the tiebreaker before Camden Hills brought the pressure with one minute to play, which, ultimately, backfired.

"We were forcing offensive opportunities in order to tie the game up and we had too many players down low in the Old Town end of the ice, which resulted in an Old Town/Orono breakaway that [the Black Bears'] Jackson Campbell put in the net to close the game 4-2," said Magri. "It would have been nice to put together three periods of great hockey instead of two, but, all in all, it was a close, hard-fought hockey game until the last minute of play.

"It was a hard-fought loss against a highly-respected team in Class B hockey. Even though we do not have Old Town on our schedule again in the regular season, odds are we will have to face them again in the postseason."

In the Maine Principals' Association for Class B North, Camden Hills (4-3, 12.9630 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Old Town/Orono (3-2-1, 12.0525 points) is second in the region.

Old Town/Orono at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Old Town/Orono on Jan. 1 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Nolan Delehey, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell, right, and Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel, left, Nicholas Tausek, middle, and Ben Wells, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel, left, Andrew Orne, back, Nicholas Tausek, middle, and Ben Wells, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, left, and Camden Powell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Elias Libby, William Gardner, Andrew Orne, Nolan Delehey, Rory Carlson and Caroline Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, right, as well as Rory Carlson, left, and Caroline Contento. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, left, and Nicholas Tausek, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, left, and Nicholas Tausek. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, left, and Nicholas Tausek. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, Jackson Bernier and Jason Greenleaf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Christopher Burns, left, and Lucas Wyman, middle, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault, Rory Carlson, Elias Libby and Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Anna Griebel and William Gardner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, Levi Guay, Ben Wells and Hayden Thibeault. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault, Rory Carlson, Elias Libby and Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, left, and Old Town/Orono's Tyler McCannell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Elias Libby. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson (3) and Andrew Orne (16), along with Old Town/Orono's Colby Pawson, left, and Adam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson, left, and Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson, left, and Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, right, and Old Town/Orono's Zach Needham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, and Old Town/Orono's Peyton Vose. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Elias Libby. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Anna Griebel and William Gardner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, left, and Rory Carlson, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, left, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, and Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, and Old Town/Orono's Tanner Evans. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, left, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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