LEWISTON – Jason Quirk probably won’t even see another goal like the one he scored Tuesday night, let alone do it again himself.

Quirk, a shifty Scarborough senior forward, legged out a shorthanded breakaway try early in the second period of his team’s game against St. Dom’s. His first shot on net hit Saints’ netminder Will Emerson and popped into the air. Frustrated, Quirk swatted at the puck as it fell back toward the ice, connected and sent it on a rope into the net, temporarily stopping the Saints’ burgeoning momentum and helping lift the Red Storm to a 5-1 win over St. Dom’s at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Tuesday.

Quirk also converted a penalty shot in the closing minute of the game to seal the deal for the Red Storm.

“I’m not very good at breakaways,” Quirk said. “I was just praying the entire time not to mess it up. The first one hit him and went into the air and I just swung at it.”

The penalty shot, meanwhile, was Quirk’s first.

“(Brent) Mayo told me to go in and shoot and not deke,” Quirk said. “He’d already scored twice, so I figured I’d listen to him.”

The win was Scarborough’s first in four games against a tough season-ending schedule that also included the West’s top three teams.

“This was a bit of a stepping stone for us getting ready for the playoffs,” Scarborough coach Jay Mazur said. “We needed to learn how to close teams out, and that’s what we did tonight against a very good team in St. Dom’s.”

The Saints (10-9-1), according to St. Dom’s coach John Pleau, will settle in as the West’s No. 7 seed and host a to-be-determined opponent Saturday at the Colisee. The game itself was as intense a game as the Saints have played in a week. The play remained even, even if the score did not, and St. Dom’s even outshot Scarborough 34-27. “I thought we outplayed them for 60 percent of that game, and we outshot them all game,” Pleau said. “We gave them the first six minutes and were back on our heels the rest of the way.”

Red Storm goaltender Josh Larrabee turned aside 33 of 34 shots he faced to earn the win.

Brent Mayo had a solid first period for Scarborough, and staked his team to a 2-0 lead.

His first, at 2:41 of the opening frame, came from the low right circle on a feed from Nate Gadbois circling behind the Saints’ net. Set up alone in the low slot, Mayo fired the puck past Emerson low to the blocker side.

With just 48 seconds to play in the period, Mayo crossed from left to right across the low slot and slid the puck through a defenseman and through Emerson to put the Red Storm ahead 2-0.

The teams swapped goals in the second as St. Dom’s started to gain an edge in possession and zone control.

Alex Tyburski put the Saints on the board just 30 seconds into the middle frame with a snipe to the top left corner of the net on a rush up the right boards.

“I thought that would be a spark,” Pleau said. “But we played a tough game (Monday). We’ll certainly be ready for Saturday’s game, though.”

Quirk’s goal at 5:09 made it 3-1 for Scarborough, and the Red Storm held the fort from there, getting a goal from Brian York at 2:05 of the third and then Quirk’s penalty shot with 39 seconds to play.

Emerson finished with 22 saves for St. Dom’s.


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