High school ice hockey

Puck stops here: For third time, Black Bears have Windjammers' number

No. 1 Old Town/Orono bests No. 4 Camden Hills in semifinal playoff
By Mark Haskell | Mar 04, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town/Orono's Trent Lick vie for the puck on March 2 in a high school ice hockey game. The Black Bears beat the Windjammers 4-1 in a Class B North semifinal playoff game at Colby College in Waterville.

Waterville — The stars aligned for No. 4 Camden Hills in the quarterfinals as the Windjammers rallied from two goals down to sail to an overtime victory.

However, the Windjammers' offense, while high-octane against No. 5 Hampden Academy earlier in the postseason, sputtered through two periods against top-ranked Old Town/Orono in the Class B North semifinals on Saturday, March 2 at Colby College.

The Black Bears took the lead just over two minutes into the contest — an advnatage they did not relinquish — as the defending state champions emerged as 4-1 winners over the Windjammers in the second of two semifinal showdowns at Alfond Rink.

See video and more photos below.

With the win, Old Town/Orono (14-5) advances to the regional championship game, where it will face No. 2 Waterville/Winslow (15-4) on Wednesday, March 6 at Alfond Arena at the University of Maine in Orono.

Waterville/Winslow emerged with a 6-5 overtime victory over No. 3 Presque Isle (16-4) in the day’s earlier semifinal.

The Windjammers, who defeated No. 5 Hampden Academy 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the quarterfinals, saw their season conclude at 12-8.

In Saturday's semifinal ice clash, Old Town/Orono led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after two periods.

Dylan Hastings had the lone goal for Camden Hills off a rebound early in the third period, while Charlie Griebel and Bryce Tyler logged assists.

For Old Town/Orono, Trent Lick, Cameron Tower, Tyler McCannel and Chase Campbell each lit the lamp, while while Colby Pawson and Sam Henderson had two assists and Zach Needham one.

“They’re tough,” said Camden Hills coach John Magri of Old Town/Orono. “I think the first four minutes they came out hard and fast, which is like what we want to do. I think we were a little low-pressure and less confrontational. We played our game in the third period, we just ran out of time.”

William Gardner got the start in net for the Windjammers, while Jackson Bernier came in with 6:36 remaining in the second period. The duo combined to make 21 saves on 25 shots.

Aiden Rand made 16 saves on 17 shots between the pipes for the Black Bears.

Camden Hills was bit by the penalty bug Saturday night as they committed six — five minors and one major — for a total of 15 minutes, while Old Town/Orono had two minors for four penalty minutes.

The higher seed wasted little time getting on the board after a shot by Henderson hit the crossbar and bounded back in front of the net to Lick, who cleaned up the rebound stickside a mere 2:08 into the contest.

That 1-0 score remained into the second period until Tower tracked down a cleared puck deep in the Camden Hills end and doubled the Black Bear lead with 12:18 to go.

Moments later, Camden Hills committed a five-minute kneeing penalty near mid-ice, and Old Town/Orono reaped the benefits with a goal by McCannel with 10:09 left to go in the period.

That made it 3-0 and a seemingly insurmountable deficit for the Windjammers.

In its quarterfinal playoff win over Hampden Academy, Camden Hills came out on the offensive in the third period and did the same in Saturday’s semifinal as Hastings cleaned up a rebound off a Griebel slap shot that ricocheted off Rand’s pads with 13:43 to go in the game.

But, the Windjammers got no closer.

“We had the rhythm and the pace [in the third period and] we were going hard, but hockey’s a funny sport,” Magri said. “Pucks went wide, pucks got bobbled, bouncing off the sticks. We had them under pressure, but we grabbed a couple penalties and that can take the steam out too.”

Camden Hills had hopes of pulling Bernier in favor of an extra skater late in the game in an effort to claw closer, but a two-minute penalty called on the Windjammers with 3:40 to go in the game nixed that plan.

“We were trying,” Magri said. “There would have been a minute 30 left after we killed that penalty, that’s when I called the timeout [with 1:02 to go in the game]. We were looking to get a puck deep so we could pull the goalie. Kudos to Old Town, we were never able to get the puck deep.”

Campbell earned a gritty goal as time expired in the third with both teams jockeying for possession of the puck deep in the Camden Hills end.

The win gave Old Town/Orono a clean three-game sweep on Camden Hills this winter, as the Black Bears also beat the Windjammers 3-1 on Jan. 18 in Orono and 5-2 on Feb. 6 in Rockport in regular-season affairs.

Camden Hills versus Old Town/Orono ice hockey
Camden Hills versus Old Town/Orono on March 2 in high school ice hockey at Colby College in Waterville. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
From left, Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell, Dylan Hastings and Nate Van Lonkhuyzen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nick Tausek, front, and William Gardner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Elias Libby, left, Bryce Tyler, middle, and Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Ben Wells, James Lynch, Will Gardner, Caroline Contento and Jackson Bernier, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Elias Libby, left, Bryce Tyler, middle, and Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell, left, and Nate Van Lonkhuyzen, right, as well as Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson, left, and Trent Lick. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town/Orono's Dylan Street. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town/Orono's Dylan Street. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown, right, and Old Town/Orono's Trent Lick. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Dylan Hastings, right, and Old Town/Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' fans hold signs in support. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell, right, and Ben Wells, back, as well as an Old Town/Orono player. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell, right, and Ben Wells, back, as well as an Old Town/Orono player. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Bryce Tyler, bottom, as well as Old Town/Orono's Jackson Campbell, top, and Sam Henderson, bottom. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills team members on the bench. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Old Town/Orono's Tyler McCannel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Old Town/Orono's Tyler McCannel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel, right, and Old Town/Orono's Tyler McCannel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, front, and Old Town/Orono's Gabe Talon, left, and Tyler McCannel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, top, and Andrew Orne, right, as well as Old Town/Orono's Tyler McCannel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Michael Blackwell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Charlie Griebel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Old Town/Orono's Tanner Evans, right, and a Camden Hills' player. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Old Town/Orono's Tanner Evans, right, and a Camden Hills' player. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell )
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, left, and Levi Guay. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Levi Guay, left, Quinn Brown, middle, and Bryce Tyler, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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