BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The South Portland boys hockey team has as many wins in 2013-14 as the previous three seasons combined. And they've done it with half the players.
After starting the season with 20 players (two goalieis), the Red Riots are left with only nine players heading into their Western Maine Class 'A' quarterfinal against top-seeded and defending state champs Falmouth. Six players have been lost due to injury the other three had various reasons for their departures.
That has resulted in at least doubling each players work load during a game. Despite the scarce numbers, they have a winning record at 12-7, including a premilinary playoff win over Lake Region on Saturday.
Senior co-captain Christian Guignard feels teams have underestimated them all season long.
"I don't think they see us as a very strong team, but we work hard and we get what needs to be done," he said.
Seventh-year head coach Joe Robinson has seen the domino effect from all the added work and exposure on the ice.
"They've gained a lot of confidence and then through gaining that confidence they're having a lot of success," Robinson said.
The Red Riots game against the Yachtsmen will be at Falmouth's Family Ice Center on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. first drop of the puck.