Maine Hockey Journal

Scarborough wins second straight in as many days

Saco, ME – Despite a slow start, the Scarborough Red Storm picked it up in the second and third periods to overcome a one goal deficit and skate to a 3-1 victory over the South Portland Red Riots in a Thursday night Class A Boys hockey match up at the MHG Ice Centre in Saco.

Zach Pettingill and Jacob Gross connected twice, once for the tying goal and then again for the go-ahead goal for Scarborough.

South Portland made their way onto the scoreboard first at 6:30 of the opening period when Robert Hannigan redirected a low shot from the blue line by Tommy Ellis to beat Scarborough goaltender Doug Pitts and send the game into the first intermission with a 1-0 South Portland advantage.

“The first period we were flat, and that happens sometimes when you play a game the night before and you come out the next night you’re not as peppy and ready to go, and we weren’t,” said Scarborough head coach Norm Gagne. “We played with a lot of passion in the last two periods.”

Scarborough got one back in the second period when Zach Pettingill set up Jacob Gross for the first of his two goals to tie things up at 9:20. The second period ended with the two teams tied a one goal apiece.

The Red Storm would take the lead in the third period, with Pettingill setting up Gross again for the game-winner. The freshman forward was modest about his two huge goals in the game.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Gross. “My teammates did most of the work, I just finished the play.”

Jordan Bathe would add another for the Red Storm, somehow sneaking the puck through a miniscule gap between the post and South Portland goaltender Dominic Desjardins at 12:39 of the third for the final goal of the game and a 3-1 victory for Scarborough.

Gagne was very pleased with his team’s efforts tonight.

“At the beginning of the season, everybody was trying to do it themselves,” he said. “We were just not seeing the ice, not seeing the teammates, and trying to do it themselves. Once you start doing that, you’re not going to be successful. I told them once you guys start seeing each other and working as a team – this is our best team effort this year – you’re gonna feel good about yourselves, you’re gonna start to see what good hockey is when you’re moving the puck, and that’s what we did tonight.”

South Portland coach Joseph Robinson felt as though his team could have had a better performance.

“It seems like against the tougher teams, we play well, we step up. It seems like when we play teams that are on our level we tend to think that we can take it a little easier and it costs us every time. It seems to me that that’s what happened.”

“We have practice tomorrow then we play Saturday. We have no time to dwell on this, we gotta turn it around.”

This is Scarborough’s second win in two nights, as they improve to a 4-6 season record. South Portland drops to 4-5-1.

Gray/NG-Poland – 4; Massabesic – 1
Saco, ME – Led by Evan Baggs, the Gray/New Gloucester Poland Patriotic Knights defeated host Massabesic, 4-1, at the MHG Ice Centre in Saco

Massabesic took the lead early on before allowing the Knights to score four unanswered goals.

A.J. Gass got the lone goal for the Mustangs, putting one in just over the glove of Knights netminder Matt Ouellette at 6:16 of the first, assisted by Pat Wyman.

The Knights would get one back before the period was over. Ryan Davala tied things up at 11:11, assisted by Adam Healy and Evan Baggs, to send the teams into the first intermission tied at one.

The Knights struck again in the second, this time Baggs getting one of his own, collecting a loose puck in front and firing it home at 1:01. This was the only goal of the second period and the Knights headed into the second intermission up 2-1.

Massabesic struggled to come back in the third and looked like they might catch a break when the Knights took a tripping penalty at 9:40. The Mustangs ended up giving up a shorthanded goal however when Kolby Arnold got his stick on a mishandled puck and skated it out of the zone and into the Massabesic end, where he beat Mustangs goaltender Kyle Macklay for the shorthanded goal and a 3-1 lead.

Even Baggs got his second goal of the game at 12:49 of the third, assisted by Jordan Rouillard and Cody Girouard for the 4-1 upset, beating Massabesic on their home ice.

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