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High school ice hockey

Witches' brew: Camden Hills suffers rare loss as Brewer doubles up visitors

Teams played to scoreless overtime tie on Jan. 8 in first meeting
By Zack Miller | Feb 10, 2020
Courtesy of: Molly Cole Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. Windjammer Noah Quesnel finds himself at the bottom of a pile of players near the net. Jason Greenleaf is at left.

Brewer — With a handful of regular-season games left, and Heal Points at a premium in a tight race atop the Class B North standings, Camden Hills, like all teams, needs all the victories it can put on ice.

The Windjammers were on the road for their fourth time in the past five high school ice hockey games, and after a tie to Waterville/Winslow on Feb. 5, Camden Hills suffered a defeat at the hands of Brewer 4-2 on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Penobscot Ice Arena.

"It is that time of year when a big factor [of] the season is who is healthy and able to play," said Windjammer coach John Magri. "We entered this game missing one player due to illness, and three players missing due to injury. Senior forward Hayden Thibeault suffered a collar bone injury in the first period, so the task at hand becomes making something positive with the ingredients you have. It was another game versus a team hungry for Heal Points to get into the top eight, and for them it is playoff hockey."

Levi Guay scored the first goal for the Windjammers, while Jakob Johnson tallied the second. Quinn Brown, Rory Carlson and Guay tallied assists for the visitors.

Liam Spaulding and Nick Vinson registered two goals for Brewer, while Keegan Nilsson, Aubrey Badger, Spaulding and Vinson tallied assists.

Will Gardner was 34-of-38 (.895 save percentage) in net for Camden Hills, while Tyler St. Lawrence was 29-of-31 (.935 percent) between the pipes.

Camden Hills finished 2-of-3 (66.67 percent) on the power play, while Brewer was 1-of-5 (20 percent).

The Windjammers were whistled for six penalties for 10 minutes, while the Witches had two for six minutes.

The visitors got on the board in the first period "on a rush from defenseman Brown, [as] Guay made sure the rebound got past St. Lawrence."

The Windjammer lead was short-lived, though, as the hosts scored three minutes later, "on a shot from the point that was tipped with a well-placed screen in from of Gardner," the coach said.

The tie game went into the second period, but as Brown killed a penalty, as he swept the puck away from the net at the bottom of the pile, "one of the officials felt Brown had covered the puck with his hand in the crease, and awarded Brewer a penalty shot," the coach said, which Vinson converted.

The Witches' advantage was short-lived just as Camden Hills' first lead was, when the Windjammers put a power-play goal in the net off the stick of Johnson.

At the start of third period Camden Hills went on a power play again, but with 20 seconds left "Nolan Delehey was just about to put a puck in an open net when the officials blew the whistle, and the play dead, stating they were concerned for the safety of [goalie] St. Lawrence."

"[St. Lawrence] did not miss a second of play, nor did he consult with a trainer prior to reentering play," said Magri. "This call along with the penalty shot were very questionable calls that changed the face of the game, but adversity is part of hockey, and you have to find a way to win and the Windjammers just couldn’t find the net the rest of the game.

"Brewer scored six minutes into the third period giving them the lead, and with two thirds of the final period gone, the Windjammers were dealt a pair of penalties that left us with defending the net with three players, as opposed to going after that elusive tying goal."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Camden Hills (8-4-3, 79.5988 points) is third, while Old Town/Orono (10-4-1, 85.6327 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. Windjammer Ben Wells, left, among others. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. Windjammer goalie William Gardner, among others. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. Windjammer goalie William Gardner, among others. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. Windjammer Levi Guay, front, among another. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
Scene from Camden Hills and Brewer on Feb. 8 in high school ice hockey at the Penobscot Ice Arena. (Courtesy of: Molly Cole)
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