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High school ice hockey

Icy tie: Windjammers, Riverhawks skate to 'unsatisfying' deadlock

Camden Hills remains among the top rink squads in Class B North
By Staff | Feb 06, 2020
Courtesy of: Molly Cole Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. Windjammers's Charlie Griebel, left, and Jason Greenleaf, among others. The Windjammers and Kennebec Riverhawks tied 1-1.

Waterville — The Camden Hills ice hockey team is, without a doubt, playoff-bound in the next few weeks, but hoped to improve its postseason position on Wednesday, Feb. 5 on the road against the Kennebec Riverhawks, a cooperative team comprised of players from Waterville and Winslow high schools.

By game's end, the Windjammers did not win — or lose — but battled to a draw with the Riverhawks as the opponents skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at Colby College.

The foes were scoreless through the first two periods before both teams lit the lamp in the third.

Kennebec outshot Camden Hills 23-14. Both teams had four shots in the first period and six in the third, while Kennebec outshot Camden Hills 9-4 in the second.

Ben Wells scored for the Windjammers, off assists from Andrew Orne and Levi Guay, while Nate Newgard scored for Kennebec, off assists from Zac Menoudarakos and Cody Ivey.

Jackson Bernier made 22 saves on 23 shots in his work between the pipes for Camden Hills, while Bryce Gunzinger made 13 saves on 14 shots for Kennebec.

Both teams committed six minor penalties for 12 minutes.

Camden Hills coach John Magri said the Riverhawks had a tough start to the season “but since that time they have made corrections and are a much better team then their 3-9 record shows.”

Kennebec’s desperation to continue to string together wins and climb the Class B North ladder, coupled with Camden Hills coming out “slightly flat,” Magri said, accounted largely for the tight affair between the teams.

“They had just beat first-place team Old Town/Orono 5-3 a week ago and they were on the hunt for Heal Points to qualify for playoffs,” said Magri. “A victory against Camden Hills would move them up the board. We were in the way of their playoff hopes so we knew they would come out strong.”

There was no score until six minutes to go when the penalty-kill efforts of Ben Wells, Levi Guay and Andrew Orne resulted in a shorthanded goal from Wells. Three minutes later, the Riverhawks responded after “we just couldn’t get control and get cleanly out of our end,” which resulted in a goal by Newgard.

“A tie can be very unsatisfying, but it was enough to move Waterville/Winslow into the top eight for playoffs and it continued the trend for Camden Hills as we have not lost a game since Jan. 1,” said Magri.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (8-3-3, 73.1481 points) is third, while Old Town/Orono (9-4-1, 75.3086 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills at Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
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