With 36 seconds remaining in the first period, Scarborough was in a scoreless tie with Westbrook in Saturday’s season-opening boys hockey game. The Red Storm had a number of shots on goal, but couldn’t slip the puck past Blazes goaltender Zachary Joy.
Then suddenly any hopes of an upset that Westbrook had been entertaining were swept away when their opponents netted nine goals in the next nine minutes of play, including a pair in the waning seconds of the first period.
In the end, the quick and skillful Scarborough offense proved too much for the Blazes to handle.
“We were a little slow getting going,” said Red Storm forward Sean Sullivan, “but once we did, the team just clicked and we came out flying.”
Brent Mayo had two goals and a pair of assists for Scarborough, while Dave Dakers and Kyle Huber added two goals and an assist each. Six other teammates scored as well.
“We’ve been practicing hard lately,” Mayo said. “We played as a team and let it happen. No one went for the goals.”
Westbrook was able to mount some offense in the middle of the first period, but most of the pressure was on Joy, who made a nice kick save on a Jason Quirk breakaway attempt six minutes into the action. A short while later, with Joy down, Mayo flipped the puck just over the net.
Those bounces would eventually start going the Red Storm’s way.
Dakers finally broke the scoring drought with just over a half-minute left in the first and Mayo slid the puck through the five hole 27 seconds later. The Scarborough offense was in gear after that, and came out roaring in the second period.
By the time the final horn sounded, Quirk, Derek Army, Blake Lucier, Sean Sullivan, Jack Snyder and Dan McGovern had each found the back of the net. Brian York handed out four assists.
“I like the way we played, even with the margin what it was, we still played as a unit, worked the puck around,” said Red Storm coach Jay Mazur. “The only way you’re going to be successful in a team sport is if you work together.”
Since he took over the boys hockey program at Scarborough, Mazur has emphasized team play over individual heroics.
“I preach that. We’ve been working on that for two years,” he said. “When they do work as a unit, you can see what happen. You’re going to produce and be successful.
Through it all, both squads kept their composure, not allowing the score to become an excuse for chippy play. Just one penalty per team was called during the whole game.
Joy stopped 29 of the 41 shots that Scarborough fired at him, while Red Storm goalie Josh Larrabee recorded a shut out, saving all 10 of the shots he saw.
Next up, Scarborough travels to Portland to face the Bulldogs today (Dec. 15) at 4 p.m.