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High school ice hockey

Smooth-skating Windjammers melt MRC ice on Dragons

Guay tallies two goals, assist to buoy Camden Hills' bid to stay first in region
By Staff | Jan 06, 2020
Courtesy of: Molly Cole Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. Windjammers Levi Guay, left, and Charlie Griebel celebrate a goal. The Windjammers beat the Dragons 4-2 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Rockport — The Camden Hills ice hockey team has slap shoted its way to the top of the Class B North ranks to begin 2020 — the same place the Windjammers ended 2019 — with a come-from-behind, 4-2 home win over Brunswick on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The high school rink game between the Windjammers and Dragons was scoreless after the first period, while Brunswick took a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods before Camden Hills scored the final three goals in the third.

Levi Guay led the Windjammers with two goals and one assist, while Ben Wells (goal), Jason Greenleaf (goal), Andrew Orne (assist), Charlie Griebel (assist) and Nicholas Tausek (assist) also chipped in on offense.

For the Dragons, Michael Marro and Dolan Pols potted goals, off assists from Sam Cassidy, Brady Laforge and A.J. Wolverton.

The Windjammers outshot the Dragons 30-21, including 9-6 in the first period and 13-7 in the third. The opponents took eight second-period shots.

Camden Hills was 2-of-8 (25 percent) on the power play, while Brunswick was 0-of-8. The Windjammers had 16 penalty minutes on eight infractions and the Dragons 19 minutes on eight infractions.

William Gardner made 19 saves on 21 shots working between the pipes for the hosts, while Luke Patterson made 26 saves on 30 shots for the visitors.

After a scoreless first period that saw the teams kill of multiple penalties, the Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the second after scores from Marro and Polls, off assists from Wolverton, LaForge and Cassidy.

Guay ler cut the hosts' deficit in half when he scored, off an assist from Griebel.

“Our play dissolved into undisciplined singular efforts for goals [in the second period] and we weren’t taking the time to work the offensive zone and connect,” said Windjammer coach John Magri. “As a result, we could not capitalize on the [five-minute] major penalty [for boarding by Brunswick]."

The Windjammers responded in the third period with an aggressive forecheck and tied the score after Wells netted a power-play goal set up off an interference penalty for the Dragons.

Then, with five minutes left, Greenleaf took a feed from Tausek and scored off a wide angle to give the hosts the advantage for good. Camden Hills added an insurance goal when Guar slapped home a rebound off a shot from Griebel with three minutes to play.

“The line of Noah Quesnel, Nick Tausek and Jason Greenleaf decided to turn up the heat in the third period and they were continually keeping Brunswick trapped in their own end,” said Magri. “It was only a matter of time for this type of play to pay off and it did with five minutes left in the game.”

Camden Hills played the final few minutes off the game shorthanded at 6-on-4 — after a Windjammer penalty and the Dragons pulling their goalie — but fended off the visitors to claim victory.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (5-3, 20.0617 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 Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Maine Coast Skaters' Association U6 players skate during the first intermission. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Maine Coast Skaters' Association U6 players skate during the first intermission. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Maine Coast Skaters' Association U6 players skate during the first intermission. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Maine Coast Skaters' Association U6 players skate during the first intermission. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Brunswick at Camden Hills on Jan. 4 in high school ice hockey in Rockport. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
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