ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills varsity ice hockey team had hoped to begin the new year with a victory over Old Town/Orono, a team the Windjammers were unable to boast victory over last season, when the Windjammers hosted the co-op team Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.
Alas, the Windjammers will have to wait a little longer to potentially secure a win over Old Town/Orono as Camden Hills was defeated 4-2 on New Year’s Day.
Old Town/Orono scored its first goal during a period when the guests had five players on the ice and Camden Hills had three as Tanner Evans scored off an assist from Tyler McCannell and Nate Young.
The visitors tallied another goal 25 seconds later, this time with four Windjammers on the ice, as McCannell scored courtesy a Dylan Street assist.
A mere 34 seconds later, Jakob Johnson scored unassisted after skating end-to-end for the Windjammers.
The second period did not go as planned for the Windjammers as they were out shot 9-0, though no goals were scored in the period.
“I had hopes for Camden Hills to tie the game up in the second period, but our forwards came out flat and we were not forechecking and were pinned in our own end for a good portion of the period,” said Camden Hills head coach John Magri.
In the third period, Charlie Griebel netted a goal for the hosts courtesy a Levi Guay assist six minutes into the period.
Old Town/Orono extended its lead by a pair of goals when McCannell (assisted by Dylan Street) and Jackson Campbell (assisted by Young) tallied goals.
“It would have been nice to put together three periods of great hockey instead of two but all in all it was a close hard fought hockey game until the last minute of play,” said Magri.
In the goalie net for the hosts, Jackson Bernier recorded 21 saves, and received praise post-game from his head coach.
“Jackson Bernier was solid in net really seeing the puck and making some great saves through some serious traffic in front of the net,” said Magri.
Magri credited the defense for maintaining a high level of play throughout the contest, especially Jakob Johnson.
“It was a hard fought loss against a highly respected team in Class B hockey,” said Magri. “Even though we do not have Old Town on our schedule again in the regular season, odds are we will have to face them again in the postseason.”
The Windjammers will take to the ice Saturday, Jan. 4 for its next contest as the Windjammers host Brunswick at the Midcoast Recreation Center for a 6:15 p.m. showdown.
Camden Hills is in the midst of playing four consecutive home games with two more home contests slated for Jan. 8 against Brewer and Jan. 11 against Waterville/Winslow.
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