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High school ice hockey

Empty net: Windjammers ward off penalties, Witches, settle for rare scoreless tie

Camden Hills racks up 41 minutes of penalty-box time, battles Brewer to draw
By Staff | Jan 09, 2020

Rockport — The Camden Hills ice hockey team had experienced alternating wins and losses over its most recent six games, but an outcome happened Wednesday night at home that had not occurred so far in the 2019-20 slate: namely, a tie.

Despite four full periods of skating up and down the Midcoast Recreation Center ice, shots on goal and a bevy of penalty minutes between the opponents which resulted in 17 total power plays, Camden Hills and Brewer ended up in a scoreless deadlock on Jan. 8 in high school rink play.

"Camden Hills played a fast-and-tenacious game resulting in killing all the penalties, and creating shorthanded offensive opportunities," said Windjammer coach John Magri. "I was pleased with the effort."

The hosts played "80 percent of the game one or two men down," the coach said, but still did not allow a goal to the Witches, while on the flip side, outshot Brewer 21-12, including a 9-2 advantage in the third period.

Camden Hills recorded 15 infractions — three in the first period, seven in the second, three in the third and two in overtime — for a whopping 41 minutes, which equated to nearly a full game with a player in the penalty box, since regulation high school contests involve three 15-minute periods.

Brewer had five infractions for a total of 10 minutes.

"The politest way to report the biggest factor in this game is to say that the officials injected themselves into the final outcome of the game at a level that just isn’t productive," said Magri. "To say that this game was called 'tight' would be an understatement.

"Levi Guay, Ben Wells and Charlie Griebel, along with sophomore Cam Powell, provided a lion’s effort in killing 41 minutes worth of penalties, along with creating a handful of offensive assaults while shorthanded. With so many minutes to kill, you have to bow a hat to the defensive effort by Quinn Brown, Andrew Orne, Jacob Johnson and Nolan Delehey. They were simply stand-up and solid."

Brewer had 13 power plays, but could not covert any of them, while Camden Hills was 0-of-4 on the power play.

The Camden Hills' defensive line was not the only impressive showing, as Windjammer goalie Jackson Bernier stopped all 12 shots he faced. Brewer goalie Tyler St. Lawrence saw 21 shots come his way, and also kept all of them out of the net.

"Bernier was a wall and recorded a four-period shutout, again providing the foundation for his teammates style of play when things break down," said Magri. "Both goalies performed at a level that is top of the league, so that contributed to the low score also."

Despite neither team registering a goal, the Windjammer forward lines "were clicking and dominating throughout the game," the coach said.

"The line of Hayden Thibeault, Elias Libby and Rory Carlson really showed the tenacious speed we were looking for, and we needed to see more of them in this game, which will occur in our upcoming game against Waterville," said Magri.

"The line of Noah Quesnel, Nick Tausek and Jason Greenleaf was a forechecking freight train that was constantly on the precipice of a goal, but just couldn’t penetrate [St. Lawrence].

"The best part of the night was the fact that we were playing as a team again, and outworking our opponent. That is our game," the coach said.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (5-3-1, 24.5216 points) is first in the 12-team region. Brewer (3-3-1, 10.8488 points) is sixth. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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