High school ice hockey

Messalonskee no match for pass-happy, goal-minded Camden Hills

Windjammers notch fifth win in seven regular-season ice affairs
By Ken Waltz | Dec 31, 2018

Waterville — The Camden Hills ice hockey team was in giving and offensive moods on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Colby College.

There was plenty of giving, or sharing, by the Windjammers in their seventh regular-season game, but the visitors also were in an offensive mood, to the tune of 12 players having a hand in nine goals.

After winning four of its first six games, the Windjammers, who have battled for the top spot in Class B North early in the campaign, notched victory number five on Saturday with an impressive 9-1 decision over host Messalonskee of Oakland.

Camden Hills led 2-1 after the first period, before it scored three times in the second for a 5-1 cushion and four more in the third for the lopsided final.

Bryce Tyler (3 goals, assist), Charlie Griebel (2 assists), Nate Van Lonkhuyzen (2 assists), Quinn Brown (2 goals, assist), Ben Wells (goal, assist), Michael Blackwell (goal), Jason Greenleaf (2 assists), Dylan Hastings (assist), Andrew Orne (3 assists), Nolan Delehey (assist) and Nicholas Tausek (assist) had a hand in the Windjammer offense.

Myles Hammond scored, on assists from Ben Hellen and Dean Simpson, for the Eagles.

Playing between the pipes, William Gardner, in his first varsity start, made 12 saves for Camden Hills and Eli Michaud 40 saves for Messalonskee.

The Windjammers dominated to the tune of a 49-13 edge in shots, including 17-6, 19-5 and 13-2 in the three periods. Camden Hills converted 2-of-3 power-play chances, while Messalonskee was 0-of-4 in the same situation.

Camden Hills finished with four penalties for eight minutes and Messalonskee four for 14 minutes.

"Winning on the road and playing inspired in the first period were the items on our punch list for the Saturday game against Messalonskee," said Windjammer coach John Magri. "The team delivered on one of those goals, but we still executed poorly in the first period, lacking the inspiration and aggressive puck possession that is integral to our success. We changed our line combinations for this game and they certainly produced some offense."

One minute into the first period, Tyler scored the first of his three goals and four minutes later Guay tallied the first of his two goals on the night.

With one minute left in the opening period, Hammond put the puck in the net to bring the game within one goal as the foes headed to the locker room.

"We discussed once again between periods bringing our game to the ice, outworking the other team, and playing hungry for the puck," Magri said.  We also left the locker room determined to create some unselfish offensive production."

The coach said the second and third periods were about the Windjammers dominating puck possession, except for a short stint in the middle of the second where Messalonskee had Camden Hills stuck in its own end.

In the final two periods, Camden Hills put 32 shots on the Messalonskee net and only allowed seven shots through to goalie Gardner.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (5-2, 11.2963 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

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