PORTLAND – Sarah Martens had two goals and two assists Saturday to lead Scarborough to a 5-1 victory against Falmouth in a schoolgirl hockey game at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Scarborough (13-1-1), the top-ranked team in the West, overcame a characteristically slow start to pull away from third-ranked Falmouth (11-6).
“We’ve never really been a first-period team,” said Rachael Wallace, who had two goals and an assist. “We knew that we had to win today and I think we all had a few butterflies, and we came out in the first period not really knowing what to expect.”
Falmouth took advantage and carried the play for most of the opening period. The Yachtsmen were rewarded when Alyse Bazinet kept a play alive at the Scarborough blue line and sent a long shot that eluded goaltender Devan Kane to give the Yachtsmen a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
After a Scarborough timeout, Falmouth continued to pressure.
Camden Carrier picked up a puck off a faceoff in her end and skated free through the neutral zone and in alone on Kane, who got a pad on an attempted deke.
The Red Storm used a late power play to tie the game. Martens pounced on a rebound in front and slipped the puck past Hillary Nash to make it 1-1 after one.
“Between the first and second we rattled their cages,” said Scarborough Coach Caitlin Cashman. “We just told them that they had to pick it up. The playoffs are in two weeks and this won’t fly. You have to get hungry and get passionate, and keep it moving.”
Scarborough grabbed its first lead in the opening moments of the second period when Wallace came up with a loose puck in the slot and beat Nash high to the glove side to make it 2-1.
Falmouth received ample opportunities to tie it before the end of the second period. The Yachtsmen were awarded three straight power plays, including a two-man advantage for 33 seconds, but failed to convert.
“I wouldn’t really qualify it as inability on our part (to score with the man advantage),” said Falmouth Coach Rob Carrier. “I think it’s a testament to their goaltending.
“We generated a lot of shots, which we were trying to do, and hopefully get lucky with a rebound or something like that. We couldn’t buy one of those from Devan (Kane) today.”
Falmouth finished the game 0 of 5 on the power play. Scarborough went 2 of 3.
The Red Storm led 2-1 heading into the third.
Scarborough solidified the victory with three goals in the third.
For the second straight period Wallace scored in the early stages to increase the lead to 3-1.
A shorthanded goal by Martens and a power-play goal by Sam Nablo completed the scoring.