Peabody stretched the lead to 4-0 on goals by freshman Chris Gillen and Marshall in the first two and a half minutes of the middle period. Ryan Cresta got his team on the board with a power play goal and freshman Andrew Dove scored an unassisted goal to cut Peabody’s lead to 4-2 less than two minutes later before DeMild gave the Tanners a 5-2 lead heading into the final period. He fired a one-timer past Turner with Vadala and Matt Pino assisting.
“It felt really good to have a game like this where we have the lead all the way,” said Vadala. “In 14 of our 17 games we’ve been tied and lost by a goal or two on an empty netter in the last five minutes.
“We had a lot of young kids out there, and I try to encourage them. I remember how nervous I was as a freshman so I do what I can to calm them down and build their confidence. Right now we’re hoping to finish up strong. We’d love to repeat what happened last year in the Carlin Cup when we upset Beverly. That’s my last game, and I’m hoping to go out with a bang.”
Dandreo had a breakaway in the first minute of the third period, but Robitaille robbed him with a glove save. J.T. Eason and LeBlanc added insurance goals.
“We’re a very young team this year (8 freshmen), but we have some players,” said Swampscott coach Gino Faia after his team fell to 3-15-1. “Everything that could have gone wrong did this season right from the start with injuries, but we’re not going to make excuses.
“We picked it up in the second period with aggressive forechecking and got a couple of pucks in the net. That was as good a period as we’ve played all year, but then they got a couple of quick ones to put the game away.”