BIDDEFORD — Cam Smith scored four goals and Colin Hayward scored a power-play goal to give Scarborough a 6-5 overtime boys’ hockey win over Thornton Academy on Wednesday night.

“It was a team effort,” said Smith. “It was a good comeback win.”

Scarborough (5-0) held a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. But 27 seconds into the third, captain Matt Caron received a 5-minute major for a check from behind and a 10-minute misconduct.

“(Caron) is everything to us. He’s probably one of the grittiest players we have on the team and losing him was really devastating. I was worried,” said Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne.

Thornton Academy (3-2) capitalized with three goals on that power play and led 5-3 with 10:33 left in the third period.

Smith, who had two goals at that point, stepped up to get his third goal on a power play off a rebound to make it a one-goal game with 8:34 left.

“Cam took advantage of what they gave him and he was able to put some big goals in for us,” said Gagne.

With 2:26 left in the third, Smith scored his fourth goal on a power play to tie the game at 5.

“To lose (Caron) for a whole period – it was really nice to see our team rally and come back,” said Gagne.

After a glove save by Thornton Academy goalie Seth Dube, the Trojans took a timeout with 1:53 left in overtime.

Off the ensuing faceoff, the Trojans were hit with a cross-checking minor, putting Scarborough on a power play for the remainder of the game.

But the Red Storm didn’t need that much time, needing 18 seconds into the power play. Hayward took a pass from Eric Murray and buried it for the winner.

“Ultimately we have to be stronger mentally there and not take the penalty and unfortunately (Scarborough was) able to capitalize,” said Thornton Academy Coach Jamie Gagnon.

During pregame warmups, Smith broke his stick in half on his first shot.

“I actually just bought a backup stick two days ago and it came in lucky tonight,” said Smith.

The Red Storm had four power-play goals.

“We took advantage of everything they gave us,” said Gagne.

Thornton was without top defenseman and leading scorer Walsh Troiani-Gagner.

“We had a lot of guys playing out of position and in positions they haven’t been practicing in all week,” said Gagnon. “I thought it was a pretty encouraging effort.”

The Trojans had five scorers and all of their goals were on special teams (four power play, one short-handed).

“This is a special teams league. You have to be able to kill penalties and you have to be able to take advantage of your opportunities when you get power plays,” said Gagnon.

Thornton Academy jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the first period after a power-play goal by Reagan Wintle and a short-handed goal by Logan Picard.

Scarborough answered before the period ended on a power-play goal by Cam Nigro and an unassisted even-strength goal by Smith as the teams were tied at 2 after one.

“(Smith) is a sniper. You give him openings and he’s going to take advantage of you,” said Gagne. “He’s unbelievable.”