High school ice hockey

Windjammers back on win track, clip Hawks in first road game of year

After two consecutive ties, dominant, No. 1 Camden Hills earns sixth victory
By Staff | Jan 16, 2020
Courtesy of: Molly Cole Camden Hills ice hockey players gather before they take the ice on Jan. 15 against the Capital Region Hawks at Kents Hill in Readfield. The Windjammers won 2-0.

Readfield — It took 10 full days to accomplish, but the Camden Hills ice hockey team made another notch in its win column after two consecutive ties, which pushed its season victory total to six.

After a four-game homestand, the Windjammers hit the road for their first of two straight road contests, and bested Maranacook/Winthrop/Madison/Spruce Mountain/Lawrence (Capital Region Hawks) 2-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Camden Hills did all its damage in the first period, as the Windjammers scored its goals off the sticks of Jakob Johnson (Andrew Orne assisting) and Charlie Griebel.

On the defensive side, Windjammer goalie Jackson Bernier stopped all nine shots he faced in net, while Hawk Adrian O'Connell stopped 38 shots.

Camden Hills outshot Capital Region 41-9, including a 28-4 advantage through the first two periods.

The Windjammers, who have been ranked first in their region all season, had three penalties for six minutes, while the Hawks did not commit a penalty.

Camden Hills did not have a power play, but killed the three for the Hawks (0-of-3).

"All in all we spent most of the game in the Hawks' end outshooting the opponent 41-9, but the back of the net continued to elude us, and the Hawks' goalie [O'Connell] really 'stood on his head' in the third period," said Camden Hills coach John Magri. "We could have played the game at a much faster pace with more desperation, but all in all I was pleased with a win in three regulation periods.

"Bernier in the net only faced nine shots, but a couple of them were the result of breakdowns, and he provided key saves when they were needed in order to keep the Hawks at a two-goal deficit."

The Windjammers broke the scoreless tie when Johnson, now playing on a forward line with Levi Guay and Ben Wells, put a puck in off a feed from Orne on the point.

With six minutes to play in the first period, Griebel "flew out of the neutral zone and turned the Capital Region defenseman, with pure speed, to the puck wide [side] and unleashed a wrist shot past [O'Connell]" to put the Windjammers ahead 2-0, where the game stayed the rest of the way.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (6-3-2, 31.2654 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Camden Hills players. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Camden Hills' Jackson Bernier. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
From left, Camden Hills' Caroline Contento, Hayden Thibeault, Elias Libby, Rory Carlson, Lucas Wyman and Anna Griebel. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Camden Hills players on the ice before the game. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, right. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Camden Hills players, including Charlie Griebel, front. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
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