OR-Portsmouth has BG’s number in quarters, 6-1

Staff photo by TOM KING Bishop Guertin's Brooke Yabroudy (5) tries to distrupt Oyster River-Portsmouth forward Tori Leitz during Friday night's girls hockey quarterfinal at Skate 3.

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Hockey is often a numbers game, and the Bishop Guertin High School girls hockey team didn’t have enough bodies at the worst time of the year.

And as a result, the Cards’ number was up on Friday night in a 6-1 loss at the hands of Oyster River-Portsmouth in the state quarterfinals at Skate 3 Arena.

Guertin was without a handful of players, including one of its best offensive players, Ashlie Killen (knee). A couple of others were away overseas as it was school vacation week.

“It’s just one of those things,” Guertin coach Scott Ciszek said. “It just comes down to whether or not the players you’ve got step up. Today we didn’t play to our potential, the other team did, and from that is the end result.”

It was tough for the Cards, who are done at 13-6 but looked semifinal worthy for much of the season. But they were down 2-0 after the first period, and never recovered.

Oyster River-Portsmouth’s Ally Marshall led the way with two goals and two assists, as she and Tori Leitz teamed up on the first three goals.

Marshall’s second made it 3-0 at 3:07 of the second, and you could tell the Cards were going to be in for a long night. Guertin senior goalie Abby Houle was superb in keeping the game as close as it was with 43 saves.

“We had two lines that we played, and they were shorthanded,” OR-P coach Jamie Long said. “I feel bad for them, but not really. … Our girls came out, we hadn’t played in almost two weeks, but the girls were hungry, ready to play.”

And now the fifth seeded Bobcat-Clipper team (13-5) will face top ranked Exeter on Tuesday night at Plymouth State in the semis. To make matters worse for BG, they were reduced to eight skaters after Annalise Reed was called for a major penalty in the second period after a slash near the head. She sat the remainder of the game.

Guertin, down 3-0 after two, only managed nine shots on Bobcat-Clipper goalie Sally Squire, and down 5-0 finally averted the shutout on a goal by Brianna DeFelice, assisted by Emma Wallat, at 13:37.

But before that Laura Drehe scored for the visitors on a rebound goal off a breakaway attempt, and Julia Ravenelle got a goal off a deflection. Ravenelle scored again on a breakaway with 16 seconds left.

Tough end to a good season.

“Absolutely,” Ciszek said. “We played Oyster River earlier in the year, it was a 6-5 game (loss), they played to their potential, we played to our potential. A close game. This game here, we didn’t play to our potential, they did, and the score reflected it.”