SACO — The Red Storm blew in on the Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete girls’ hockey team Saturday night. The surge was swift and unrelenting, and the Capers never recovered.
Alyssa Hulst scored four goals, including three in the first period, to lead top-seeded Scarborough to an 11-1 victory against the No. 4 Capers in a West semifinal at the MHG Center.
Scarborough next plays No. 2 Falmouth in the regional final Wednesday at the Portland Ice Arena. The Yachtsmen (14-5) advanced Friday night with a 5-0 semifinal win over No. 3 Biddeford.
The Red Storm showed no signs of their infamous habit of starting slow. Saturday night, Megan Doak and Sami Shoebottom (two goals) scored twice in the irst four minutes to give the Red Storm (19-0) a quick 2-0 lead. Hulst scored her first at 8:45 of the first period, lifting a rolling puck over Lily Jordan (35 saves) to make it 3-0. Hulst then scored two short-handed goals around Hannah Bosworth’s power-play goal for Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete to put the Red Storm up 5-1 after one period.
How relentless were the Red Storm? They outshot the Flyers 23-5 in the opening 15 minutes, and Hulst’s final goal of the period came on a scramble with seven-tenths of a second to play. For Scarborough, the penalty kill is no time to let up.
“We always send one girl hard and one girl to the middle,” Scarborough Coach Caitlin Cashman said. “Teams don’t expect one girl to come so hard but we have enough speed to get back.”
The early push came from a lesson learned the last time the teams played, a 5-2 Scarborough win Jan. 8.
“They came out flying and handed us our biggest deficit of the year, down 2-0,” said Scarborough goalie Devan Kane (16 saves). “We have a lot of freshmen and we drilled into their heads that if we come out flying, we’ll take the wind out of their sails, and hopefully there’s no coming back.”
The Capers (11-9) were optimistic coming in, earning a 4-0 win over York in a quarterfinal Thursday night, but Scarborough’s intensity was tough to absorb.
“We were nervous early on; we know what they bring to the table,” Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete Coach Bob Mills said. “We played much better in the second and third period but by that time a lot of damage had been done. Lily Jordan was phenomenal, as good as she’s been all season, but there’s only so much a goalie can do.
“I’m really proud of this team. We just ran out of gas against a good team.”
Kate and Hannah Bosworth, Kate Ginder and Kathryn Clark of the Capers did their best to challenge Scarborough.
In the second, Hulst added her fourth and Shoebottom her second to make it 7-1 after two. Then Lizzie Gross scored a natural hat trick and Murray added one to cap scoring.
Now it’s on to the regional final against Falmouth. Scarborough won the regular-season meetings, 4-1 and 6-0.
“Falmouth is a good team,” Cashman said. “Hopefully we can do some good stuff.”