AUBURN — Lauren Ratsep and Marissa Zamrock spent the first two months of the hockey season just getting to know each other on St. Dom’s first line.

If Saturday’s rematch with the Edward Little/Leavitt co-op team is any indication, the Saints’ two transfers are now in lockstep.

Ratsep and Zamrock combined for all but one of the Saints’ goals in an 8-1 rout of the short-handed Red Hornets at Ingersoll Arena. Zamrock assisted on two of Ratsep’s four goals (and finished with three assists overall). Ratsep returned the favor on two of Zamrock’s three goals.

“We’re both transfers, so we’re both new to the team and started out close together,” said Zamrock, a Lisbon transfer. “Now we work really well together. We’ve got those passes going. We know where each other is.”

St. Dom’s (10-1) exploded for three goals in the first 5:08, all coming from the first line. Zamrock skated around and through the Red Hornets’ back line with ease for the first two, then nearly did the same for a natural hat trick. Leavitt/EL goalie Brianna Stanley (30 saves) denied her, but Anna Desjardin was there for the rebound to make it 3-0. 

“The girls came out hungry early on. That was nice to see, good teamwork and good passing,” Saints coach Don Boucher said.

“Every game we want to come out full intensity, put some in right off and get the ‘W’ right away,” Zamrock said. “When we work really good as a team, we get around those defensemen pretty easily and that helps us put the puck in the net.”

Saints’ goalie Nicole Keaney (10 saves) turned aside the Red Hornets’ best chance with a glove save of a low Taylor Landry wrister. Zamrock then set up Ratsep as the Hebron Academy transfer carved out some space behind a defender on Stanley’s doorstep for a 4-0 lead at the end of one.

“They’ve started to learn how to play together,” Boucher said. “Early in the season, there was so much talent on that one line that they weren’t used to it. They never played with so much talent all together, they always had to be the leader on the line. Now, every one of those girls can be a leader, Ratsep, (Kayla) McLellan, Zamrock, they’re all capable of being a leader on that line.”

Ratsep and Zamrock lit the lamp again in the second, with Zamrock’s goal coming on the power play. The game started to get a little chippy after that, with six players sent to the box in the final seven minutes of the period. Overall, the two teams combined for 32 penalty minutes.

The Red Hornets were playing without two of their top forwards, Kayla Royer and Holly Gallup, who had other commitments. The teams last met the previous Wednesday, with the Saints emerging victorious, 5-2, but St. Dom’s kept the first line on the ice for more of Saturday’s contest and ended up outshooting the Red Hornets, 38-11.

“We just approached the game a little bit differently. We’ve got to start setting ourselves for the playoffs so we’re playing a little bit more aggressive,” Boucher said. “We’ve just got to continue to get our better girls in better shape for the playoffs. The last game we backed down early and let everybody play.”

Leavitt/EL (5-4-1) skated harder in the third period, but St. Dom’s kept the pressure on, as Zamrock picked up the hat trick just 14 seconds into the period, then added a power play goal five minutes later to make it 8-0.

Shelbea Russell spoiled the shutout at 11:26 with a nifty deke left and wrister to Keaney’s glove side.

“There were a few positives that we could take out of that game,” Red Hornets coach Eric Geoffroy said. “We got better in our zone as the game went on. Our goalie was very good.”

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