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On their way to their locker rooms between the second and third periods Saturday, Gorham co-op coach Mary Vaughan and Portland co-op coach Bob Mills stopped and spoke for a moment. The South regional girls鈥 hockey semifinal was going exactly as they expected it would.

鈥淲e said it鈥檚 kind of playing out the way it was advertised. No. 2 and No. 3 (seeds) going at it,鈥 Vaughan said.

Third-seeded Portland tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third, but second-seeded Gorham scored a pair of goals in a span of 1 minute and 38 seconds to break the deadlock on the way to a 5-2 victory at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland. The Rams advanced to the regional championship game for the second consecutive season.

鈥淚 think there was just as many nerves, because we made it last year,鈥 said Gorham senior Emerson Homa, who scored the go-ahead goal at 9:02 of the third and added an empty-netter at 13:31 to seal the victory. 鈥淚 feel like we were expected to go further, and hopefully we鈥檙e going to get there.鈥

Gorham (14-6) will face No. 1 Cheverus/Windham (16-1), the defending state champion, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Troubh Arena in a rematch of last year鈥檚 regional final. Portland, playing its first season as a co-op with Deering, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Waynflete, ends the season at 11-9.

The Rams led 2-1 after two periods. Portland tied the game at 8:00 of the third when Libby Hooper poked home the rebound of a Jane Flynn shot.

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Just 1:02 later, though, Homa gave Gorham the lead for good, scoring on the rebound of her own shot. It was Homa鈥檚 42nd goal of the season.

鈥淲e knew they were going to come out hard every single period, so we just had to match their energy,鈥 Homa said.

At 10:40, Katelyn Cyr gave the Rams some breathing room. Cyr dumped in a high shot from the blue line, and the puck deflected off Portland goalie Erin Winship鈥檚 shoulder and in for a 4-2 Gorham lead.

The Beacons kept the pressure on Gorham鈥檚 defense throughout the third period, but Rams goalie Emily Beal was strong, making 13 of her 22 saves in the third. Beal said she and her teammates scouted the Beacons hard, learning from what Portland did in the regular season, when it split two one-goal games against Gorham.

鈥淭hey鈥檙e usually shooting high. They like to shoot from the sides as well, because that鈥檚 where they got some goals on me in previous games. We scouted them. We made sure we knew what they were going to do, and this is the result of that,鈥 Beal said. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 do anything without my defense. They鈥檙e the most incredible group of girls I could ever play with.鈥

Portland took a 1-0 lead at 10:51 of the first period on a Flynn power-play goal. Gorham closed the first period on a long power play after Hooper was given a 5-minute major for boarding, and the Rams capitalized 1:15 into the second when Marissa Payne tied the game. They took the lead in the final minute of the second on Carlin Galligan鈥檚 goal at 14:44.

鈥淲e survived that 5-minute penalty. They got one power-play goal, and that鈥檚 better than two or three goals, but I think that took a little wind out of our sails,鈥 Mills said. 鈥淚鈥檓 really proud of the way we played. I thought that game could鈥檝e gone either way.鈥

Winship made 24 saves for the Beacons.


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