High school ice hockey

Frozen ice knot: Fit to be tied times two for Windjammers

This time Camden Hills able to score two goals in deadlock with Waterville/Winslow
By Staff | Jan 13, 2020
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, left, and William Gardner look to ward off the puck against Waterville/Winslow on Jan. 11 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The Windjammers and visiting Kennebec Valley Riverhawks played to a 2-2 overtime tie.

Rockport — Three days after the Windjammers experienced their first tie of the regular season, Camden Hills looked to close out its recent four-game homestand with a victory.

As fate would have it, however, the Windjammers again had to play extra high school ice hockey, but, for the second straight game, Camden Hills, nor its opponent, netted a goal in the extra time, on Saturday night, Jan. 11 as the hosts tied the Kennebec Valley Riverhawks of Waterville/Winslow 2-2 in overtime at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

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Possibly the most significant difference between the tie on Saturday and the Windjammers' scoreless deadlock on Jan. 8 against Brewer was the fact Camden Hills' penalty minutes decreased by 37.

On Saturday, the Windjammers registered just four minutes in the penalty box, compared to 41 against the Witches.

"Saturday night was the last game of a long stretch of home games at the [Midcoast Recreation Center] for the Windjammers, and it ended in another overtime tie, although it had a different look than the game before against Brewer," said Camden Hills coach John Magri. "Camden Hills reduced their penalty minute tally from the previous 41 minutes to no penalties in the first two periods, four minutes of penalties in the third, and none in the OT period.

"The reduction of penalties was not the recipe for a victory as Camden [Hills'] play was not aggressive on the forecheck, completely passive in the neutral zone, and a portion of the defense was not taking away time and space in our own end."

The Windjammers outshot the Riverhawks 34-23, but were "not putting pucks in the net," the coach said.

Jakob Johnson scored both goals for the hosts, while Noah Quesnel tallied an assist on the first goal and Andrew Orne the assist on the second. Both of Johnson's goals came on the power play.

Sam Lloyd scored the first goal for the Riverhawks (Nate Newgard assisting), while Brandon Mason scored the second (Lloyd assisting).

The Windjammers finished with two penalties for four minutes, while Kennebec Valley had three penalties for nine minutes.

Camden Hills was 2-of-3 (66.6 percent) on power plays, while the Riverhawks were 1-of-2 (50 percent).

Will Gardner and Jackson Bernier manned the net for Camden Hills and stopped a combined 21 shots, while Bryce Gunzinger stopped 32 shots for the visitors.

"Gardner started the game in net for the Windjammers and allowed the initial goal in the first period on five shots," said Magri. "Gardner was coming off of being out due to illness, and also made some questionable play decisions in the period, so it was decided to relieve him of the net at the start of the second period."

The hosts got on the board first at the 8:23-mark, when "Johnson scored a power-play goal in the first period, basically on a breakdown of Kennebec’s defense, as he wheeled and dealed around one Kennebec forward and both defensemen, and buried a puck past their [Gunzinger]."

"Johnson certainly has a knack for scoring and dangerous hands, but he did not see the ice much in the second period due to breakdowns in defensive coverage in our own end," said Magri.

Less than a minute later the Riverhawks tied the score off of Lloyd's first goal of the game.

The game was tied through the second period, and into the first half of the third period, until "Hayden Thibeault received a penalty for roughing and the Riverhawks executed on a power-play goal [with] 8:45 on the clock," the coach said, which put the visitors ahead.

With 4:17 to play in the contest the Windjammers experienced a scary moment, when "Lloyd delivered a big neutral zone hit to the head of Camden’s Nick Tausek, which put Tausek down and out of the game, and then to the hospital for further review of his condition," said Magri. "Lloyd was given a five-minute major penalty for contact to the head and the game proceeded."

Two minutes into the power play, Johnson put another into the net to tie the score at two with two minutes remaining, which is the way regulation ended.

The Windjammers held a player-advantage for the first 43 seconds of the overtime period, but did not capitalize.

"I felt that the Riverhawks could smell a possible victory after their second goal, and, frankly, elevated and played much more desperate and aggressive than Camden Hills," said Magri. "They appeared to want it more and almost pulled it off if it wasn’t for some highlight-reel saves that Bernier made in net for Camden Hills.

"He was on top of his game and was tested by the Riverhawks multiple [times] from 8:45 left in the third on, with game-winning plays that he stole from them with huge saves.

"Senior defensemen Orne and Quinn Brown once again punched the clock and did prolific work on the blue line and their own end. These two are proving to be the best the league has to offer when it comes to defensemen that can control the onslaught of their competitors and keep goals against to a minimum," the coach said.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (5-3-2, 27.7469 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Waterville-Winslow at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Waterville-Winslow on Jan. 11 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills players line up before the game. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, front. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills players line up before the game. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills players line up for the national anthem. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne, right, as well as Waterville-Winslow's Wyatt Grenier, left, and Nate Newgard. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, middle. and Andrew Orne, right, as well as Waterville-Winslow's Jay Brock. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson, middle, among a host of Waterville-Winslow players. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, left, and William Gardner. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek, middle, and Andrew Orne, right, as well as Waterville-Winslow's Brandon Bearce, left, and a teammate. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, right, and Waterville-Winslow's Cody Ivey. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, right, and Nicholas Tausek (17). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
With play on the ice reflected in the boards, Camden Hills' Andrew Orne controls the puck. In back are Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Waterville-Winslow's Sam Lloyd. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne, right, as well as Waterville-Winslow's Sam Lloyd, among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson in front of the Windjammer bench. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, left, and Waterville-Winslow's Sam Lloyd. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, left, and Waterville-Winslow's Sam Lloyd. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Waterville-Winslow's Zac Menoudarakos. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Waterville-Winslow's Zac Menoudarakos, middle, among others (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, left. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey, left, and Waterville-Winslow's Nate Newgard (91), among another. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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