High school ice hockey

Young Windjammers amaze fans, befuddle foes

No. 1, unbeaten, high-scoring Camden Hills continues to put victories on ice
By Ken Waltz | Jan 10, 2013
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Stephen Hand, middle, looks to work through two Old Town defenders, including Tyler Byther, left, during a high school ice hockey game Jan. 9 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the visiting Coyotes 7-0 to stay unbeaten on the season.

Rockport — Obviously, someone forgot to tell the Camden Hills ice hockey squad that varsity high school athletic teams whose rosters are more than half filled with freshmen typically are not suppose to dominate opponents, especially early in a season.

However, as has become abundantly clear, the Windjammers never got that message and continue to amaze fans and befuddle foes with their high-scoring, dominating performances.

The latest stellar effort came in a 7-0 defeat of visiting Old Town on Wednesday night, Jan. 9 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Click for photos from this game.

While being successful always was in the cards for the talented Windjammers, who have 12 freshmen and only three seniors on a 20-player squad, dominating opponents and being unbeaten seven games into the campaign probably was not in most people's predictions.

En route to their best start to a season in school history, which has made them the top-ranked team in Western Class B, the Windjammers have outscored opponents 54-14 (7.8 average) and are one of only two unbeaten teams in Class B, with Messalonskee of Oakland (8-0) in Eastern Class B being the other.

And Camden Hills has been explosive offensively, with two 13-goal games and many six- and seven-goal efforts.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (7-0, 18.3796 points) is first in the seven-team region. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.

On Wednesday, the Windjammers made quick work of the winless Coyotes (0-7).

Grayson Szumilas and James Annis both scored two goals, while Parker Lawson, Stephen Hand and Simon Lydon added single goals for the winners. Hand chipped in two goals, while Cal Robbins, Jack Orne, Annis, Lydon, Gunnar Hilt, Jonah Cameron and Matt Prescott added single assists.

Camden Hills again dominated a foe in shots on net, finishing with 54 to Old Town's 17, including leading 14-5 in the first period and 20-6 in both the second and third periods.

Zach Hand made 17 saves in net for the Windjammers and Chase Albert 47 stops in the Old Town goal.

Camden Hills had four minor penalties for eight minutes and Old Town four minors and one major for 18 minutes.

The Windjammers were 1-of-4 on the power play and Old Town 0-of-4 in those situations.

"Offensively to start the game, we had a hard time finishing on some of our scoring chances as the Old Town goalie Chase Albert played well," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "We stuck with it and were able to pull away as the game went on."

The coach said defensively, "I was pleased with our team effort. Defenseman Parker Lawson played great defense all night and had a spectacular goal. Freshman goalie Zach Hand made several key saves to preserve the shutout."

In the first period, Camden Hills and Old Town traded scoring opportunities during the early stages of the open stanza before the Windjammers found their skating legs toward the second half of the period and tallied two goals.

In the second period, Camden Hills applied considerable pressure on the Old Town net for the majority of the period and tallied three goals to take a 5-0 lead.

In the third period, the Windjammers added two more goals and Zach Hand made a couple of key saves to earn the shutout in net for Camden Hills.

The individual scoring included:

First period — Szumilas, CH, 6:02 (Orne assisting). Szumilas skated down the right side, swung around the goal and wrapped the puck into the net on the left post side. Lydon, CH, 1:03 (S. Hand, Annis assisting). Lydon knocked in a rebound off an Annis sho.

Second period — Annis, CH, 12:48 (S. Hand assisting). Annis took a Hand pass, skated past a Old Town defender, shot on Albert and scored on the rebound off his own shot. Szumilas, CH, 5:10 (Robbins, Lydon assisting). On the power play, Szumilas won the faceoff back to Robbins on the blue line point and Robbins moved the puck to Lydon off the right net front and passed to Szumilas, who skated through the slot for a one-timer into the net. Lawson, CH, 3:43 (unassisted). Lawson rushed the puck through the neutral zone, eluded a defender as he entered the offensive zone and blasted a hard shot that beat Albert high stick side.

Third period — S. Hand, CH, 12:07 (Hilt, Prescott assisting). Hand snapped a shot as he skated through the slot. Annis, CH, 3:12 (Lydon, Cameron assisting). Lydon and Cameron cycled the puck low with Annis shooting into the net from the low slot.

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