ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity ice hockey team collected a narrow 4-3 victory Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Midcoast Recreation Center against Presque Isle.
“Coming into a game with Presque Isle we knew their games have been high scoring affairs with Presque Isle averaging 7 goals a game,” said Camden Hills head coach John Magri. “We felt confident that we have been one of the toughest teams in the league to score against. So it was a task of cutting Presque Isle’s offensive production way down but also, we would have to come out of our scoring drought and put some pucks in the net.”
Camden Hills scored twice in the opening period and twice in the second, while Presque Isle scored twice in the second and once in the third.
Finding the back of the net for Camden Hills were Bryce Tyler (twice), Michael Blackwell (Nate Vanlonkhuyzen assist) and Vanlonkhuyzen.
Scoring for Presque Isle were Thomas Patenaude (twice: Jake Stevens, Torey Levesque assist; Stevens assist) and Levesque (Jonah Roy, Stevens assist).
Guarding the goalie nets were Jackson Bernier (Camden Hills) with 27 saves and Andrew Daigle (Presque Isle) with 18 saves.
“Jackson Bernier played a stellar game and really stepped up for a freshman goalie confronted with a very physical high pressure game in the crease,” Magri said.
Magri also praised the play of Tyler, Michael Blackwell, Vanlonkhuyzen and Ben Wells.
Up next for Camden Hills will be at home Wednesday, Feb. 6 against Old Town/Orono at 7 p.m.
The Windjammers will enter the mid-week game with an 8-5 record and in third place of the Class B North divisional standings.
Sitting atop the divisional standings is Old Town/Orono (11-2, 69.5062 points) while Waterville/Winslow (11-2, 63.3642) sits in second. Camden Hills has 55.0309 points. The top six teams in the nine-team division qualify for the playoffs.
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