BANGOR — On the road for its regular season finale, the Camden Hills ice hockey team collected a shut out victory Wednesday, Feb. 19 over the co-op team of John Bapst, Mount Desert Island and Bangor Christian.
The Windjammers skated to an 11-4-3 record with a 2-0 victory in Bangor to conclude the regular season.
Despite the victory, the Windjammers slipped this week to third place in the Class B North divisional standings, after climbing from second to first on Saturday following a win against Hampden Academy.
In the Wednesday night contest, the opening period came and went with no goals tallied.
Camden Hills did not net its first goal until the second period when Noah Quesnel scored a power play goal courtesy a Rory Carlson assist.
The Windjammers tallied its second goal in the third period when Camden Powell found the back of the net from a Ben Wells and Levi Guay assist.
“It was a lethargic game for the first two periods lacking that drive and persistence that Camden Hills shows when pushed,” said Camden Hills head coach John Magri. In the third period the forecheck came to life and we were able to put the insurance goal in to walk away from our final regular season game with a win.”
In the goalkeeper’s net, Will Gardner recorded 11 saves for the Windjammers.
In post-game comments, Magri praised Quesnel for stepping up and filling in for the absence of Quinn Brown, who remained off the ice due to an injury.
Powell defined himself as “a rookie sophomore that climbed the ranks to become a permanent part of our top scoring line,” according to Magri.
Other players collecting praise from the Windjammer coach were Andrew Orne and Nolan Delehey for their defensive contributions.
The playoffs will begin for third-seeded Camden Hills when the Windjammers host sixth-seeded Messalonskee (10-6-2) in a quarterfinal round contest Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport at 6:40 p.m.
The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals against either second-seeded Old Town/Orono or seventh-seeded Brewer. The game will be played at the home of the higher seed.
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