HALLOWELL — The Camden Hills varsity ice hockey team hit the road to Hallowell and collected its fourth win of the season Saturday, Dec. 28 as the Windjammers skated past Gardiner.
Camden Hills entered the road affair, which it won 3-1, confident in its defensive efforts and penalty kills, according to head coach John Magri, while recognizing the need to increase offensive production, shots on net and creation of net front traffic.
“This was something we worked on all week and were looking to execute well on,” Magi said.
In the end, the hard work paid off for the Windjammers as they tallied 45 shots on goal in the contest.
“We came out strong in the first period and Gardiner appeared to be a bit sluggish,” said Magri. “We had them on their heels whenever we came out of our zone and we were logging zone time but not putting pucks in the net.”
The Windjammers recorded the game’s first goal in the opening period when Levi Guay scored on a breakaway while shorthanded.
In the second period, the visiting Windjammers capitalized off a pair of Gardiner penalties that resulted in Camden Hills playing with five skaters compared to only three for Gardiner.
With 29 seconds off the clock, Quinn Brown recorded a goal for the Windjammers courtesy a Charlie Griebel assist to put the guests up 2-0.
That lead would quickly be extended to 3-0 a mere 38 seconds later when Levi Guay scored off assists from Brown and Griebel.
With three minutes left in the second period, Gardiner tallied its lone goal of the contest when Cam Rizzo scored courtesy a Ryan Kimball assist during a powerplay.
The third period passed without either team scoring a goal, though Gardiner did have a few opportunities to score in the final period as the Windjammers were, at that point, not playing with the same speed and tenacity of the first two periods, according to Magri.
In the goalkeeper net, Will Gardner recorded 36 saves for Camden Hills.
Following the game, Magri praised Guay for his unmatched speed, Griebel for his offensive power and Brown for his offensive contributions.
The Camden Hills varsity ice hockey team will take the ice again Wednesday, Jan. 1 against Old Town/Orono at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport at 7:15 p.m.
The New Year’s Day game marks the first of four consecutive home contests for the Windjammers.
In addition to the Jan. 1 game, the Windjammers will challenge Brunswick (Jan. 4, 6:15 p.m.), Brewer (Jan. 8, 7:15 p.m.) and Waterville/Winslow (Jan. 11, 6:15 p.m.) at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
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