LEWISTON – When the Scarborough High girls’ hockey team arrived at the Colisee Saturday afternoon for its game against powerhouse St. Dominic, something looked wrong.

Every Scarborough player carried in a hockey bag, except Abby Rutt.

Rutt, an All-State defenseman, did not play Saturday. In Friday’s 3-0 loss to York, Rutt picked up five penalties, resulting in an automatic ejection and one-game suspension.

Without Rutt, Scarborough battled but fell to the Saints, 4-1, to finish the regular season 12-4-2.

This has been a tough weekend for the Red Storm, who had been cruising toward the No. 1 seed in the Western regional. But the back-to-back losses might drop Scarborough to No. 2 behind York (13-3-2), a 2-0 winner over Portland on Saturday.

The Maine Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday.

Playing without Rutt against a quality opponent might prove beneficial.

Scarborough stayed close for awhile. Sarah Martens tied the game 1-1 at 2:51 of the second period, assisted by Spencer Shoebottom.

Martens and linemates Rachel Wallace and Kaitlin Reynolds provided much of Scarborough’s punch.

St. Dominic (17-1) put 30 shots on goal, but the Red Storm took a respectable 20 shots.

“This is definitely a confidence booster, for our forwards especially,” Scarborough Coach Caitlin Cashman said. “They are really used to waiting to see what Abby does.

“So this proved to our forwards that we can do this — we can forecheck, we can score, we can shoot.

“Although we lost, it was a confidence booster all around.”

After Scarborough tied the game, Marisa Zamrock took over with three goals. Her breakaway at 4:01 of the second gave the Saints the lead for good.

“That took the wind out of our sails,” Cashman said. “You can’t let down. St. Dom’s is too good of a team.”

Zamrock again blew past the Red Storm defense and beat goalie Devan Kane (26 saves) at 11:23 for a 3-1 lead.

Zamrock also scored on a backhander at 11:08 of the third.

St. Dominic will be the No. 1 seed in the East. The playoffs begin with the regional semifinals on Friday.

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