High school ice hockey

Windjammers come out on short end in tale of two games

Camden Hills 3-3 on young season — all wins on road, losses at home
By Ken Waltz | Jan 01, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, middle, works between Old Town-Orono's Ben Allen-Rahill, left, and Cam Tower, during a Dec. 27 high school ice hockey game at the Midcoast Rereation Center in Rockport. The visiting Black Bears beat the Windjammers 9-1.

Rockport — It turned out to be the tale of two games with one common denominator — namely, a loss for the home-standing Camden Hills ice hockey team.

And one theme has continued to crop up for the Windjammers early this season, one in which they have found success on the road but not so much at home.

The Windjammers dropped two recent home games, the latest 3-2 to Brewer on Saturday, Dec. 30. That came after Camden Hills suffered a 9-1 defeat to Old Town-Orono on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Both contests were at the Midcoast Recreation Center, the Windjammers' home rink.

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Camden Hills started the season with two road victories in Aroostook County, returned home and lost, then went back on the road for another win and now has lost two straight at home.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (3-3, 6.4198 points) is fourth, while Presque Isle (4-2, 8.7654 points) is first in the nine team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

On Dec. 30, the Witches put a hex on the hosts to earn a 3-2 win.

Michael Blackwell and Nate Vanlonkhuyzen scored goals for Camden Hills, while Eliza Roy and Quinn Brown added assists.

The Windjammers led 2-0 in the first period before the Witches stormed back to win.

For Brewer, Aurrey Ranger, Ben Byorak and Marty Hewes netted goals, while Trey Baker (2) and Byorak added assists.

Camden Hills finished with a 38-28 edge in shots, including 15-6 in the first period and 12-11 in the second. The opponents had 11 shots in the third.

Jim Lynch made 25 saves between the pipes for the Windjammers and Tyler St. Lawerence 36 stops for Brewer.

Camden Hills finished with three minor penalties for six minutes and Brewer five minors for 10 minutes.

The teams drew blanks on the power play, as the Windjammers were 0-of-5 and Witches 0-of-3.

Camden Hills held the edge in play during the opening period as the hosts skated to a 2-0 advantage. Brewer capitalized on Windjammer defensive lapses to score goals to knot the game 2-2 as the teams headed to the third period.

In the third, despite several Brewer penalties, the Windjammers did not generate much offense on their power-play opportunities.

Then Brewer scored on a hustle play by Baker to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

The Windjammers pulled Lynch in the final 21 seconds, but could not tally the equalizer.

"[We] started the game strong in the first period but could not finish on numerous opportunities as the game played out," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "[The] team did not do enough things to earn a winnable game. Lack of consistency and lapses in the team game has been problematic so far especially in our home rink. I guess we like bus rides."

The individual scoring included:

First period — CH, 1-0, at 8:26, Blackwell (Brown assisting). Blackwell knocked in a rebound off a Brown shot from the right point. CH, 2-0, at 7:20, Vanlonkhuyzen (Roy assisting), Vanlonkhuyzen scored off the offensive zone faceoff from Roy.

Second period — Brew, 2-1, at 8:24, Ranger (Byorak assisting). Ranger scored on a low wrist shot from the slot. Brew, 2-2, at 7:17, Byorak (Baker assisting). Byorak scored on a wrist shot from the mid-slot.

Third period — Brew, 3-2, at 6:27, Hewes (Baker). Hewes skated hard to the net to knock in a rebound off a Baker shot.

Dec. 27 game

The visitors grabbed a 3-0 advantage before Camden Hills scored and appeared to climb back into the game, but Old Town-Orono scored the final six goals for the lopsided victory.

For the Windjammers, Cam Christie scored, on an assist from Blackwell.

"Old Town-Orono is a good team with a lot of depth throughout their lineup," Enroth said. "Our execution, functionality, and attention to detail was not where it needed to be in order to be competitive against a quality opponent. You could say kind of a holiday hangover for us."

The visitors held a 32-15 edge in shots, including 11-3 in the first period, 11-8 in the second and 10-4 in the third.

Matt Czuchra made 20 saves in goal for the Windjammers and Lynch three. Khole Parker had 14 saves for Old Town-Orono.

Camden Hills had one major and three minor penalties for 11 minutes, while Old Town-Orono finished with five minors, one major and one game misconduct for 25 minutes.

The Windjammers converted 1-of-6 power-play chances and Old Town-Orono 3-of-4.

Sam Henderson scored two goals and Old Town-Orono had the edge in play for a 3-0 lead in the early going. Camden Hills opened the second period on a two-man advantage power play and scored on Christie's one-time shot to cut its deficit to 3-2.

The Windjammers had several strong chances to score again on the power play but could not finish around the net. Midway through the second period, Old Town-Orono found its offense and scored three goals to increase their advantage to 6-1.

The Black Bears opened the third period with a two-man advantage and scored two power-play goals. The visitors netted another power-play goal in the final minute for the 9-1 final.

The individual scoring included:

First period — OT/O, 1-0, at 10:38, Tyler McCennel (Henderson, Cam Tower assisting). McCennell knocked in a rebound from the low slot. OT/O, 2-0, at 4:28, Henderson (Antti Javakare, Jacob Dubay assisting), Henderson scored on a backhander from the slot. OT/O, 3-0, at 3:38, Henderson (unassisted). Henderson scored shorthanded on a breakaway off a Camden Hills turnover.

Second period — CH, 3-1, at 11:40, Christie (Blackwell assisting). On the power play, Christie scored on a one-time shot from the net front. OT/O, 4-1, at 8:00, Tanner Evans (Dylan Street assisting). Evans scored on a wrist shot from the slot. OT/O, 5-1, at 5:53, Austin Soucy (Dubay assisting). Soucy scored on a slap shot from the left blue-line point. OT/O, 6-1, at 5:48, Trent Lick (unassisted). Lick jumped on a loose puck off the faceoff and scored on a breakaway.

Third period — OT/O, 7-1, at 13:43, Evans (Ben Allen Rahill assisting). On the power play, Evans scored on a one-time shot from the mid-slot. OT/O, 8-1, at 12:29, Javakare (McCennel assisting). On the power play, Javakare snapped shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. OT/O, 9-1, at 0:40, McCennel (Tower assisting). On the power play, McCennel scored on a one-time shot from the low slot.

Old Town-Orono at Camden Hills ice hockey
Camden Hills hosts Old Town-Orono on Dec. 27 in high school ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Quinn Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Andrew Orne, front, and Old Town-Orono's Nate Young. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, left, and Nicholas Tausek, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cam Christie (8) and Jason Greenleaf (14), along with Old Town-Orono's Trent Lick. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cam Christie, right, and Old Town-Orono's Cam Tower, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cam Christie, right, and Old Town-Orono's Cam Tower, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Michael Blackwell (2), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town-Orono's Sam Henderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, middle, as well as Old Town-Orono's Ben Allen-Rahill, left, and Cam Tower. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town-Orono's Ben Allen-Rahill. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cam Christie, front, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town-Orono's Antti Jarvikare. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Bryce Tyler, right, and Old Town-Orono's Ben Allen-Rahill. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben Wells, right, and Liam Haining, left, along with Old Town-Orono's Cam Tower and goalie Kohle Parker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nate Vanlonkhuyzen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Hayden Thibeault (4) and Cam Christie, left, along with Old Town-Orono's Trent Lick, right, and Tanner Evans. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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