PEABODY — This has not been the kind of season either Peabody or Swampscott hoped for, and while neither will be going to the playoffs they want to finish up strong. The Tanners did just that, scoring in all three periods en route to a 7-2 victory over the Big Blue in a make up game that was snowed out twice.
What Peabody coach Mark Leonard was most pleased about after his team picked up its fifth win (5-11-2) was that 12 different players figured in the scoring. Leonard had to juggle his lines because Reed Foster (DQ) and Owen Brewster (concussion) were out of the lineup.
He called freshman Ethan LeBlanc up from the JV’s to play on the fourth line with Anthony Hartnett, who is normally a defenseman, and sophomore Danny Pratto. LeBlanc delivered with a goal and an assist while Pratto also collected an assist.
“We were short a couple of forwards so had to make some changes. It was nice to see that fourth line work so well,” said Leonard. “LeBlanc is a good little player. We moved Jason Marshall up to the third line, and he had two points (goal and assist). We went with a lot of young kids, who are working very hard and excited to get their chance.”
The veterans also came through in a big way. Captain Derek DeMild had a pair of goals and fellow captain Mike Vadala was the playmaker with three assists. DeMild got things started with 3:31 gone in the game when he beat Big Blue freshman goalie Zach Turner short side, and just over a minute later defenseman Cam Sullen made it 2-0.
The Tanners dominated that period, peppering Turner with 15 shots while Peabody sophomore Freddy Robitaille stopped four. Robitaille’s best save came in the final seconds when he got in front of a hard shot by Stevie Dandreo.