Scarborough girls' hockey ousted in semifinal round heartbreaker
The Scarborough girls' hockey team appeared to have its ticket punched to the West Region Final when it led Falmouth 2-0 midway through the third period of Saturday night's semifinal round contest, but the Red Storm will have to wait until next year after watching that advantage slip away in an agonizing 3-2 loss.
Scarborough had a solid regular season, winning 12 of 18 games and playing undefeated Cheverus tough on two occasions, losing 3-1 and 2-1.
The Red Storm wound up with the No. 2 seed in the West Region and played host to a Falmouth squad it lost to 5-1 at home back on Dec. 2.
While Saturday's result was another loss, it was much more difficult to accept.
Scarborough got off to an ideal start, getting a goal from senior Marina Sterrer just 36 seconds in. When freshman Sarah Martens added a goal in the second period, the Red Storm appeared in good shape and they held that lead until the 7:26 mark of the third, when Falmouth finally got on the board by virtue of a 5-on-3 power play. Just 39 seconds later, the Yachtsmen, still with a 5-on-4 power play, tied the score. Then, with 3:27 to go, senior Nicole Foley scored and Falmouth, improbably, had a 3-2 lead. Despite a late push, Scarborough couldn't answer and its season ended at 12-7 after the 3-2 setback.
Despite graduating five seniors, the Red Storm expect to be right back in the hunt next winter.
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