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Recap: No. 18 Beverly 4, Marblehead 3

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
SALEM, Mass. -- Twice this season Marblehead had scored three or more times against Beverly, the only team to do so, and lost.

On Wednesday, with the game tied at three and less than four minutes to go, it looked as if the Magicians would finally steal a point from the Panthers.


Beverly senior Ryan Santo wristed a shot over the glove of Myles Barry with 3:18 to go to cap the Panthers' comeback and seal a 4-3 win at Rockett Arena to keep the Panthers undefeated. Beverly rallied from a two-goal first period deficit.

“The kid's got ice in his veins,” Beverly senior Graham Doherty said of Santo. “He got stoned like seven times earlier in the game; he was snake-bit for a while. He just kept his nose to the grindstone and he popped it in over his shoulder. That was amazing.”

Down by a pair early Doherty took the game by the scruff and asserted himself. Doherty solved Barry on Beverly's 16th shot to put the Panthers on the board with 30 seconds left in the first. He added another goal early in the second when he wristed home a shot from the right circle to tie the game.

“Graham's a sniper, he can shoot,” Beverly coach Bob Gilligan said. “ He's got that pro-type shot.”

Marblehead, held to only 12 shots during the game, made the most of their opportunities early. The Headers scored on two of their first three shots to open a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Tom Koopman buried a shot to the short side of Beverly goalie Tim Birarelli to open the scoring. Erik Powers bowled past a defenseman and slid the puck between Briarelli's legs to double the lead.

After that Beverly's defense closed down and made it extremely difficult for the Magicians to get many more solid opportunities.

“That's probably the fewest shots we've had on anyone in a long time,” Marblehead coach Bob Jackson said. “I don't know if it was us not generating offense or they just did a good job of picking us up. Except for Beverly we outshoot guys. We make goalies look good.”

As the game progressed Beverly's conditioning and speed became apparent and gradually took over. The Panthers pressed hard on the forecheck throughout and it paid dividends in the end. Marblehead was unable to pull Barry for the extra attacker late in the game until there was less than 40 seconds left because the Headers could not move the puck through the neutral zone.

“We credit that to our coaches; they skate us hard every day in practice, and it pays off in the third period,” Doherty said. “We play our best hockey in the third period. We work all the time 3-on-3 forward line against forward line from the tops of the circles in in the defensive zone cycling the puck and just trying to keep it moving.”

Braden Haley gave Marblehead it's second lead with a late goal in the second period. Jesse MacLaughlin floated home a shot from the side boards to tie the game at three and set up the chaotic finish.

“It's a really good test of our character to come from behind,” Doherty said. “We were able to battle back little by little. We just stayed positive on the bench and chipped away at the lead. We never lost our confidence. We just had to keep working our game.”

SHOTS & SAVES: Beverly was able to throw 43 shots at Barry during the game and attempted dozens more. Marblehead's defense made some of those shots easier than others, but Barry was asked to do a lot between the pipes and, even in defeat, he stepped up to the moment.

“If it wasn't for Myles it could have been 10-3,” Jackson said. “It wouldn't have even been close.”

Barry dealt with wave after wave of Panther attacks early. He turned aside 15 shots in the first and 12 in the second period. Both Gilligan and Doherty were also complimentary of Barry and his talents.

“He was great,” Gilligan said. “There were a lot of shots that he came up big.”

“That was the best goalie performance we've played against all year,” Doherty said.

Our MIAA boys' hockey All-State Team

March, 28, 2013
All-StateF - Liam Coughlin, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Finished third among all Division 1 players in scoring, while leading the Knights back to the Super 8 for the first time since 2009-10. The South Boston native put up 28-20-48 totals, tied for first among Catholic Conference scorers this season.

All-StateF - Ara Nazarian, Soph., Malden Catholic
ESPN Boston’s Mr. Hockey award winner this season, Nazarian had 26-22-48 totals for the regular season, along with nine goals and five assists during the Super 8 tournament for the three-time defending champions. The Boxford resident and center is the first underclassman to win the Mr. Hockey award.

All-StateF – Brian Pinho, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The Providence College commit led the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in this year’s Super 8 tournament. The North Andover resident compiled 12-24-36 totals this season and, in January, was ranked No. 117 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Soph., Malden Catholic
The North Reading resident earned his second Super 8 title with the Lancers, playing on all defensive units and is one of two players making a second-straight appearance on our All-State team. The Boston College commit had 5-17-22 totals on the season and recently was accepted in the United States National Team Development Program’s U-17 team.

All-StateD – Matt Foley, Sr., Springfield Cathedral
The two-way blue-liner finished third on the Panthers in scoring with 10-16-26 totals this year while leading them to another Super 8 apperance. A Longmeadow resident, the captain is deciding among prep schools for next year, as well as offers to play in college.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Sr., BC High
The only repeating First-Team All-Stater this year, Cronin finished in the top five among Division 1 netminders in both goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (94.6) while starting all 23 of the Eagles’ games. He is currently considering colleges among playing opportunities at the prep school and junior levels.

All-StateF – Tom Besinger, Jr., BC High
The Eagles’ top center and captain was force to reckon with in the circle, in addition to leading the Eagles with 35 points (10 goals and a team-best 25 assists).
All-StateF – Cam Owens, Sr., Wilmington
Finished his high school career with back-to-back Division 2 state championships. Owens racked up 30 points, playing alongside All-State honorable mention Brendan McDonough. Owens is currently weighing prep and junior options for next year.
All-StateF – Nolan Vesey, Sr., Austin Prep
The senior captain led the Cougars back to the Super 8 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and all the way to a finals appearance at the Garden. Vesey led AP in goals (18) and points (31) while kicking in 13 assists.
All-StateD – Nick Gorski, Sr., Central Catholic
A player who head coach Mike Jankowski repeatedly called his “most improved player” since freshman year, the Raiders captain played on all units, leading Central to another Super 8 appearance.
All-StateD – Jack Williams, Sr. Springfield Cathedral
A major component to perhaps the state’s best blue-line core, Williams did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, including playing forward on power-play units. The Suffield, Conn. resident tallied four goals and 19 assists for 23 points. He is currently weighing his playing options for next season.

All-StateG – Colin Soucy, Jr., Central Catholic
The break-out star of this year’s Super 8 tournament, Soucy nearly delivered the Raiders to a quarterfinal-round upset of No. 1 seed St. John’s Prep in his first year as Central’s starting netminder.

Best of the Rest – Honorable Mention
Tyler Bird, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Tommy Bishop, Sr., Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, Jr., Hingham
Brian Brooks, Jr., Canton
Mike Carbone, Sr., Marshfield
Bobo Carpenter, Soph., Austin Prep
A.J. Couto, Sr., Danvers
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Peter Crinella, Soph., Springfield Cathedral
Cam Curley, Sr., Franklin
Sam D’Antuono, Jr., Hingham
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Josh Edwards, Sr., Blue Hills
Brendan Greene, Jr., Winchester
C.J. Grinnell, Sr., Burlington
Marc Happy, Jr., Wachusett
Lloyd Hayes, Jr., Central Catholic
Kevin Hock, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Mike Iovanna, Sr., Malden Catholic
Andrew Irving, Sr., Beverly
Connor Irving, Jr., Beverly
Ryan Jones, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
Jack Kilty, Sr., Medway
Pat Kramer, Soph., BC High
Tom Koopman, Jr., Marblehead
Matt Kustra, Sr., Natick
Brendan McDounough, Jr., Wilmington
Anthony Lespasio, Sr., Bedford
Jack O’Hear, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Derek Petti, Sr., Tewksbury
Eddie Pratt, Sr., Xaverian
Nolan Redler, Jr., Winchester
Tyler Sifferlen, Jr., Malden Catholic
Mike Sorenti, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Sean Spohr, Sr., Westfield
Max Turcotte, Sr., Holliston
Max Willman, Sr., Barnstable

Matt Burchill, Sr., Marshfield
Derek Butler, Jr., Natick
John Carlson, Jr., Hingham
Adam Crowley, Jr., Burlington
Nick Edwards, Jr., Blue Hills
Sean Heelan, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Kurt Leavitt, Sr., Canton
Bryan Nelson, Soph., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Nick Rolli, Jr., Malden Catholic
Ryan Shea, Frosh, BC High
Sam Topham, Sr., BC High

Tim Birarelli, Soph., Beverly
Alex Buckley, Sr., Newburyport
Brandon Collett, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Davis, Sr., Norwood
Derek DeCastro, Sr., Burlington
Drew Foley, Jr., Wilmington
Nolan Greene, Jr., North Quincy
Elijah Harris, Soph., Austin Prep
John Liquori, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
Al Lynch, Jr., Framingham
Evan Morelli, Sr., Reading
James Offner, Soph., Winchester
Nick Russo, Sr., Waltham
Jimmy Tierney, Soph., Oliver Ames