Friday, March 7, 2014
A week ago, the high and mighty Scarborough girls’ hockey team found itself where it hadn’t been all season, trailing 2-0 halfway through a game, to Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete.
Jack Orne, Camden Hills senior: The forward had four goals and an assist in the Wind-jammers’ two victories last week, including both goals in a 2-0 shutout of Hampden Academy.
Jared Wood, Gorham senior: Continued his strong play on the Rams’ top line with a goal and four assists in a victory over Bonny Eagle.
Dean Pratt, Noble/Wells junior: Has set the tone for a strong 6-2 start for his team with 11 goals, the most in Western Class A.
Isac Nordstrom, Falmouth senior: Tallied three goals and three assists in a victory over Portland/Deering.
AREA TOP FIVE
1. Scarborough (7-1-1)
2. Cheverus (5-2-1)
3. Camden Hills (7-0-1)
4. Gorham (5-1)
5. Falmouth (6-4)
Katherine Dumoulin, Biddeford sophomore: Dumoulin, the Tigers’ leading scorer, totaled six goals in two victories for Biddeford last week.
Katherine Clark, Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete junior: Clark scored five goals last week, including four in a victory over York.
Caroline Proctor, Falmouth freshman: The Yachtsmen won two games last week with Proctor scoring four goals and adding an assist.
Sami Shoebottom, Scarborough freshman: Shoebottom led a rally with three goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete.
AREA TOP FIVE
1. Scarborough (12-0)
2. Yarmouth/Freeport (8-2)
3. Greely (8-2)
4. Falmouth (7-4)
5. Biddeford (7-4)
“A big shock to all of us,” said defenseman Riley McKeown.
Scarborough is not only unbeaten and driven to win it all this year, but dominates most of its games, winning most by at least five goals. The Red Storm beat Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete 6-0 on Dec. 11.
“You’ve got to hand it to Cape. They came out flying and we were flatfooted,” said defenseman Brenna Kent. “But it was good to see us come back.”
A minute after the Capers took a 2-0 lead, Scarborough scored and scored and … eventually taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the second period.
Freshmen Sami Shoebottom and Elizabeth Gross each scored twice in the period. Shoebottom added a goal in the third for the 5-2 win.
Freshmen are making quite an impression on a veteran team that was already favored to make it back to the state final.
“It’s pretty huge,” Coach Caitlin Cashman said of her nine freshmen, including an all-freshmen top line.
“Other programs aren’t getting any freshmen. And we have freshmen coming in skilled and ready to go. We lucked out.
“And they want it. They want it just as bad as the seniors.”
Scarborough lost in the title game last year, 1-0 to Greely in overtime.
“We’re hungry. We want states,” Kent said.
So far, so good. Scarborough is 12-0 with a game Wednesday night against Greely (8-2), the first of two against the Rangers.
Only one girls’ hockey team has gone through a season unbeaten – Cheverus, the 2010 state champion.
Being undefeated is nice “but it’s also nerve-wracking,” Cashman said. That’s why the comeback against Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete was important.
“I think it was good to know what it feels like to be down and not always be the top dog. It was a reality check.”
Scarborough has four wins with a winning margin fewer than five – three three-goal victories (over Falmouth, Lewiston and Cape/Waynflete) and a 2-1 win over Leavitt/Edward Little on Nov. 30.
Scarborough was to play at Leavitt/Edward Little last Saturday but weather postponed the game.
A makeup date hasn’t been announced.
The Red Storm have been led by Shoebottom and Gross. Freshman Meghan Doak was also on the top line but is injured. Freshman Cara Reynolds has stepped in.
Senior Rachael Wallace, junior Kristen Murray, and sophomores Madison O’Reilly and Alyssa Hulst are among the other top forwards.
Seniors Kent and McKeown provide experience on defense, which also includes sophomore Jenna Block and freshmen Lily Nygren and Erin Shell.
All-State goalie Devan Kane “is still Devan,” Cashman said, meaning she’s still a force. Backing her up is freshman Lucca Sterrer.
THE FALMOUTH GIRLS began the season 2-0 but are 7-4 and contending for at least second place in the West.
“We’re a talented but inexperienced team,” Coach Rob Carrier said. “We’ve tried new line combinations the last couple of games and it sparked a little more offense.
“I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
While the offense is picking up, senior defenseman Alyse Bazinet has solidified the other end of the ice.
The Yachtsmen have two key games remaining – Scarborough on Saturday and Biddeford in the last game Feb. 1.
CAPE ELIZABETH/WAYNFLETE showed its might in giving Scarborough a scare. The Capers (5-6) already have bettered last year’s record despite a challenge getting ice time.
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