ROCKPORT — In an overtime thriller at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport on Tuesday night, the fourth-seeded Camden Hills varsity ice hockey team collected a huge victory against fifth-seeded Hampden Academy in overtime.
In the Feb. 26 Class B North regional quarterfinal, the host Windjammers were able to stun the Broncos with a 5-4 victory and improved its record to 12-7.
The win was the first time this season the Windjammers were able to defeat Hampden.
The two squads met during the regular season twice with Hampden sweeping the regular season bouts. Camden Hills dropped a road contest 4-1 on Dec. 26 to Hampden and then lost 3-2 at home Jan. 23.
In the quarterfinal battle, the Windjammers scored one goal in the first period, one in the second, two in the third and one in overtime. Hampden Academy, meanwhile, netted its four goals in the second period.
Netting goals for Camden Hills were Bryce Tyler (twice), Nate van Lonkhuyzen (twice) and Dylan Hastings. The game-winning goal was netted by van Lonkhuyzen.
Collecting assists for the hosts were van Lonkhuyzen, Tyler, Quinn Brown, Hastings and Orne.
Scoring for Hampden were Cooper Leland (twice), Khaleb Hale and Logan Chrisitian.
Tallying assists for the visitors were Alex Briggs, Hale, Owen Cross (two) and Leland.
Evan Thomas recorded 31 saves in the goalie net for Hampden. For Camden Hills, William Gardiner had four saves, while Jackson Bernier had eight.
“The amazing thing about this game was that even though we were down by 2 goals twice this team never had any doubts that they were going to win this game,” said Camden Hills head coach John Magri. “They stayed on course and knew in their hearts that if they continued to out work Hampden and grind them down that success would be found at the end of the game.”
Camden Hills, with the victory, advances to the regional semifinals against top-seeded Old Town/Orono to be held at Colby College in Waterville on Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m.
During the regular season, the Windjammers were defeated twice by Old Town/Orono, once on the road on Jan. 18 by a score of 3-1 and once at home on Feb. 6 by a score of 5-2. Old Town/Orono finished its regular season slate with a 13-5 record.
The winner of the regional semifinals will advance to the regional championship set for Wednesday, March 6 with the state championship coming Saturday, March 9 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewistion.
This story was originally published Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m.
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