High school ice hockey

Icy cool rink fun: Windjammers battle Broncos, Crusaders, Witches

Camden Hills participates in 12th annual John Bapst Holiday Faceoff Tournament
By Ken Waltz | Dec 01, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, middle, works the puck between Hampden Academy's Cameron Henderson, left, and Peyton Chahley on Nov. 30 in the 12th annual John Bapst Crusaders Holiday Faceoff Tournament at Sawyer Arena in Bangor.

Bangor — The Camden Hills ice hockey team skated its way north up Route 1 to the Sawyer Arena for the Windjammers annual participation in the John Bapst Crusaders Hockey Boosters Holiday Faceoff Tournament.

The Windjammers won two of three games.

The 12th annual preseason event was held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30 at the Sawyer Arena in Bangor and Penobscot Ice Arena in Brewer.

The Windjammers played three games on Saturday — against Hampden Academy (2-0 loss), John Bapst (2-1 win) and Brewer (1-0 win)— on the Sawyer Arena ice.

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The Windjammers, led by head coach John Magri and assistant coaches Harrison Rogers, James Annis and Zach Hand, include William Gardner, Alex Kurzius, Rory Carlson, Hayden Thibeault, Ben Wells, Quinn Brown, Lucas Wyman, Levi Guay, Charlie Griebel, Jakob Johnson, Nolan Delehey, Jason Greenleaf, Dylan Johnson, Nicholas Tausek, Camden Powell, Caroline Contento, Christopher Burns, Anna Griebel, Noah Quesnel, Elias Libby, Jackson Bernier, Cole Freeman, Aiden Aselton, Andrew Orne and Scott Jorgensen. The Griebels are siblings.

Magri said the Windjammers went to the tourney "with the intentions of getting a good look at how different line combinations worked together and how new players would either shine or pale in game action as compared to a practice atmosphere. We brought all of our players to the tournament whether they were new or veterans, young or upperclassmen or slated for jayvee play or varsity. We played everyone on an equal basis, rolling four lines throughout the tournament and played all three of the goaltenders in the system.

"With our singular intentions of getting a good look at our players it was nice to walk away with two wins and one loss with a low goals-against tally. We would have liked to have garnered more offense and scoring from our top lines, but that will come and I have to add that the goaltender from Brewer was outstanding and robbed us of some goals that no goalie had a right to stop."

Magri said of the 23 players who traveled to Sawyer Arena "10 of them had never wet their blades in high school varsity action. We left Rockport at 6 a.m. and returned home at 8:30 p.m. three games later so it was a long day of hockey but a great opportunity for the team to put some game time under their belt."

The first game against Hampden Academy was a low-scoring affair played mainly in the neutral zone, the coach said. The Broncos scored down low against a line of varsity newcomers freshmen Wyman, Aselton and sophomore Powell during their first varsity shift, Magri said.

With two minutes left Camden Hills pulled its goalie and tested the waters with six-man play. Quesnel in his Camden Hills varsity debut ripped a heavy slap shot from the point but he did not have an alley and it rebounded off the shin guards of a high forward from Hampden Academy, which ultimately resulted in an empty-net goal, and the 2-0 final.

The second game against John Bapst was a more disciplined affair, the coach said, but again Camden Hills was down early when the Crusaders placed a goal between the pads of sophomore goalie Cole Freeman. "In the final period we had production from Levi Guay, with an unassisted goal, and Jason Greenleaf with a whip of a wrist shot from the high slot to close the game 2-1."

The Brewer game began as Windjammer players delivered a donation in memory of Jordan Parkhurst to the Brewer coaches and also a puck adorned with Jordan’s initials and number. Officials allowed the teams' wish that they play the contest with this puck in honor of Jordan, Margri said.

The first half was the "worst hockey" Camden Hills played in the tournament, Magri said, "but we were fortunate that we escaped to halftime with no wounds on the scoreboard" locked in a scoreless tie.

The team found a way to win puck battles and used its speed and began to pressure the Witches in the second half to no avail due to Brewer's standout goaltender, Magri said.

Late in the game, Thibeault put a “lunch-pail” goal past the goalie off a rebound, assisted by Greenleaf and Tausek.

"We closed the game fighting off a six-man onslaught by Brewer when they pulled their goalie to no avail," Magri said.

"We have some things to tweak but the six defensemen we ran with all day — Andrew Orne, Quinn Brown, Noah Quesnel, Jakob Johnson, Eli Libby and Rory Carlson — really stood up and played solid defense in all three games," Magri said. "Goaltenders Cole Freeman let in one goal in 22.5 minutes of play, Will Gardner allowed one goal in 45 minutes of play and Jackson Bernier allowed no goals the entire weekend with 67.5 minutes of play."

The Windjammers will make their seemingly annual start-the-official-season trip to Aroostook County on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 to open the season against Presque Isle and Houlton.

"We are working towards returning home with a couple of wins under our belt. As always, we will have to earn them," Magri said.

Camden Hills versus Hampden Academy ice hockey
Camden Hills versus Hampden Academy on Nov. 30 in high school ice hockey in Bangor. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills head coach John Magri, back middle, talks to his players. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell, right, and Hampden Academy's Drew Lally. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Aiden Aselton, left, and Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell, left, and Hampden Academy's Brennan O'Keefe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, left, and Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek, middle, and Ben Wells, right, among another. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Scott Jorgensen, left, and Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Scott Jorgensen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Rory Carlson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson, right, and Hamden Academy's Cameron Henderson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jakob Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jason Greenleaf, middle, along with Hampden Academy's Cooper Ryan, left, and Eli Wilson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Nicholas Tausek, right, and Hampden Academy's Cooper Ryan, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Aiden Aselton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Lucas Wyman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Aiden Aselton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell, left, and Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Camden Powell, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, right, and Hampden Academy's Noah Dancoes (44), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, right, and Hampden Academy's Noah Dancoes (44), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Camden Hills' Noah Quesnel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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