2013-02-22 / Sports Spotlight

Greely edges Red Storm for hockey title

It takes overtime to decide Class A girls’ hockey championship
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


The Scarborough girls’ hockey team was able to keep Greely High School’s offense in check for most of the Class A state final game, but couldn’t quite find the offense needed to win the game, held Saturday, Feb. 16. Scarborough ended up losing 1-0 in overtime. (Courtesy photo) The Scarborough girls’ hockey team was able to keep Greely High School’s offense in check for most of the Class A state final game, but couldn’t quite find the offense needed to win the game, held Saturday, Feb. 16. Scarborough ended up losing 1-0 in overtime. (Courtesy photo) Members of the Scarborough girls’ hockey team gave it everything they had in an effort to defeat Greely High School in the Class A state championship Saturday, Feb. 16.

Despite a hard-fought battle from start to finish, the team came up just short and lost to Greely 1-0 in overtime. It was Greely’s second Class A championship in as many years.

It was Scarborough’s first appearance in the Class A state final game. The last three years, the team had failed to get through the first round of the playoffs. In 2011, Scarborough lost 2-1 to York High School and the year before, in 2010, the team lost 2-1 to Biddeford High School.


Although the Scarborough girls’ hockey team came up just short in the Class A state championship the team was able to add more hardware to the school’s trophy cases Feb. 13 when it beat the team from York High School 1-0 in the regional final. (Courtesy photo) Although the Scarborough girls’ hockey team came up just short in the Class A state championship the team was able to add more hardware to the school’s trophy cases Feb. 13 when it beat the team from York High School 1-0 in the regional final. (Courtesy photo) “They are hungry this year. I’ve never seen them so hungry,” head coach Caitlin Cashman said during a practice at the Cumberland County Civic Center in December. “They know they can do it. They have a certain confidence this year.”

The back-to-back state champion has been a formidable opponent for Scarborough all season long. On December 22, Greely, and Scarborough skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.

Cashman said she and her players knew that Greely was going to be a tough team to beat.

“We knew that Greely was aggressive and they were a very good offensive team,” Cashman said. “We knew our team had to match their intensity and set the tone, especially physically.”

Nerves, however, got in the way and Cashman said the team didn’t play as aggressive as she would have liked. Nevertheless the season, which saw the Red Storm go 19-2-1, was a successful one, especially given the team’s history of early exits from the playoffs.

“The past few seasons we haven’t made it past the first round,” Cashman said. “For us to get to the state game (was an accomplishment).”

Cashman said Scarborough did a great job keeping Greely’s offense in check, but could have done a better job putting shots on net in front of Maura Perry, the Greely goaltender.

“I think starting Devan played an outstanding game,” Cashman said of junior Devan Kane, the team’s starting goaltender, who stopped 39 of 40 shots in the loss. “Our (defense) was really trying and working hard to stop shots from the outside and keeping them from coming into the slot.”

The loss, Cashman said, was a tough one for her and her players.

“I told them, ‘there is nothing I can say to you that will take away the sting of a loss,’” Cashman said of her post-game speech to the team. “Losing sucks, but I said to them, ‘the fact you skated with Greely for three and a half periods, that’s awesome. You went 19-2-1. Most teams can’t say they did that. You can.’”

Cashman said most of the team will be returning next season. That retention, coupled with the freshman coming into the high school hockey program, bodes well for the team.

“Hopefully they will come in full of energy and excitement and it will work out well for us next year,” Cashman said.

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