2013-01-04 / Sports Spotlight

Co-captain harbors high hopes

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Trevor Murray, a forward on Scarborough High School’s boys’ hockey team said Scarborough has the makeup of a state champion hockey team.

“We have been blessed with a good team this year. We have talent all the way through,” said Murray Friday, Dec. 21, a day before scoring four goals and getting three assists in a 13-1 win over Kennebunk High School. “How hard we work will determine how far we go because the sky is the limit.”

Last year the Red Storm finished the regular season with a 12-4-2 record, good for third in the league. The team’s playoff run and dream of a state title was ended in early March with a 5-3 semi-final loss to Falmouth.

“We had a young team last year. We have brought back almost our entire roster. We are hoping to make it a little further this year,” said Murray, a co-captain, along with defenseman Ryan Bailer.

Trevor Murray, left, battles David Parker for the puck during a Dec. 22 game against Kennebunk. Murray is hoping the team (5-1) can continue its success all he way to the state final game. (Michael Kelley/Kevin A. Byron photos) Trevor Murray, left, battles David Parker for the puck during a Dec. 22 game against Kennebunk. Murray is hoping the team (5-1) can continue its success all he way to the state final game. (Michael Kelley/Kevin A. Byron photos) So far, Scarborough’s chances look good. The team (5-1) is ranked first in the league, but has had its share of tough battles along the way. Scarborough had an easy 11-0 win at York and a 13-1 victory at Kennebunk, but close battles in a 2-1 win against Lewiston High School and a 4-3 overtime win against Falmouth. The team’s only loss on the season came to St. Dominic Academy, which beat Scarborough 1-0, despite being outshoot 33-12 by the Red Storm.

“It was a disappointing lost to St. Dom’s. We outplayed them and out shot them, but just couldn’t stick any in the net,” Murray said.

Coach Norm Gagne said it was not a loss that his players should have hung their heads over.

“We outshot them and outplayed them for three periods. I said to them after the game in the locker room, I can’t find a lot of faults in the game. We just didn’t put the puck in the net and went up against a guy that was determined to stop us.”

Murray said the team will face tough games against Biddeford Jan. 16 and Feb. 18, Thornton Academy, the two-time defending state champion, on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 and a rematch against Falmouth Feb. 9.

Coach Norm Gagne said there is no team he, or his players are taking for granted

“In the west, in the SMAA, there are a bunch of teams that if you don’t come to play, they will beat you. You can’t take any team lightly,” Gagne said.

Scarborough, Murray said, has the skills needed to battle any team in the league from beginning to end. Murray and Bailer, as well as assistant captains Nick Bagley and Jack Rousselle are leading that effort.

“In addition to speed, strength and puckhandling skills, you need the intangibles: vision of the ice, confidence in situations, ability to bounce back from getting beat,” Murray said. “We have a bunch of those intangibles, as well as the skill. We are hoping, as leaders, we can pass that down to the younger guys on the team.

“If you have a successful season, you need good leaders,” said Gagne, who has accumulated 650 wins in his more than 35 years of coaching in Gardner, Waterville and Lewiston and now Scarborough. “We try to train them for when they start to be leaders, so when their time comes they are ready to lead.”

Murray, Gagne said, serves as a good role model.

“Trevor sets a good example for others to follow. He’s a hard worker. He is a goalsetter and has an outstanding work ethic. He is a positive person and brings that into the locker room,” Gagne said.

Gagne, who has won six state titles, three with Gardner and three with Waterville, said Murray is able to keep his composure and think ahead no matter what is taking place on the ice.

“He rarely loses his focus under adversity. He doesn’t get down in the heat or pressure of the game,” Gagne said.

Murray has been perfecting his hockey game nearly his entire life. The sport has been a life-long love for him.

“I’ve been playing since I was in kindergarten. I started playing street hockey with the kids in my neighborhood,” said Murray, who lives in the Pleasant Hill area of town. “I joined a hockey league when I was five and I have been playing ever since.”

“It was my friends in the neighborhood that drew me in,” he added. “Once I started, I began loving the sport and never stop.”

Murray said he appreciates the speed and camaraderie of the sport.

“The speed of the game is amazing. There is a friendship you have that you don’t get with many other sports,” said Murray, who has also played football, soccer and lacrosse. “The exhilaration of playing at your fastest and your hardest is not like any other sport.”

Murray said he would like to continue playing hockey, at least on the club level, when he goes off to college next fall. He has yet to make a decision of his post high school plans, although he has been accepted to the honors college at the University of Maine and Northeastern University in Boston.

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