Camden Hills erupts in 3rd period to beat Hampden for B North hockey title
ORONO, Maine — The Camden Hills Windjammers broke in for three goals in the first 2:37 of the third period, all by defensemen, to break a 2-2 tie and go on to post a 5-2 victory in the Class B Hockey North Championship game at Alfond Arena in Orono.
The 13-4 Windjammers were playing in their first regional final since 2013 and Hampden Academy was in their first since 2003. Camden Hills will face Brunswick in the 1 p.m. state title game on Saturday at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
Rory Carlson broke the tie just 24 seconds into the final period and his main defensive partner Elias Libby made it 4-2 just 30 seconds later. Aiden Aselton added an insurance goal at 2:37 when his pass centered behind the net peeked into the net of a Bronco positioned in front of his net. It was his fifth.
Carlson scored the game-winner thanks to a fine setup from Jakob Johnson, who managed to pass a Bronco in a run for a loose puck and shovel a pass through the slot to Carlson, who smashed the puck past the goaltender of the Broncos Aaron Donavan.
Seconds later, Libby skated to the left wing on a two-on-one after passing a Broncos defender and broke a rising wrist in the little corner.
Jackson Bernier had an outstanding 28 save performance while Donavan finished with 27 saves. Camden Hills outshot Hampden Academy 17-2 in the third period.
The Windjammers’ lack of discipline cost them dearly in the first half. Camden Hills carried the game early and seemed to have a strong hold on the game, producing the first six shots on goal of the game and taking a 2-0 lead on goals 1:53 apart by Owen McManus and Emmet Marshall. It was the 17th of the season for McManus and the 12th for Marshall.
But four penalties over a 3:22 span late in the period, including a five-minute major strike from behind on Cam Brown, gave the Broncos a 5-on-3 power play streak and they capitalized to tie the game. goals 1:06 apart by Keith Brooks and Cameron Henderson.
McManus opened the scoring at 4:19 when he positioned himself in the crease and Elias Libby’s wrist shot from the right peeked the shaft of his stick and was carried over Aaron Donavan’s shoulder in the far corner.
Johnson set up Marshall’s goal as he hit the left wing, repelled a miss and sent a perfect pass through the crease to Marshall, who only had to ram it.
But then the penalties started and Hampden Academy equalized with the advantage of two men. Brooks completed a trick passing streak involving Khaleb Hale and Morgan Tash by directing a pass diagonally behind Bernier from the edge of the crease. Henderson tied it with a masked wrist flick from the middle of a Hale stream.
The Broncos had the best of the game in the second period, beating Camden Hills 12-6 and creating more high percentage scoring chances, but Bernier was solid and made a host of impressive saves to keep the game tied. .