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February 22, 2014

Danvers blanks Saugus, punches postseason ticket

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“Our kill’s been pretty dominant throughout the season,” said Brown. “Guys know where they need to be and they really take pride in that penalty kill.”

The top defensive pairing of Ganley and Ryan Cassidy were all over the ice for Danvers. Once D’Orlando, a defenseman, left the game after his major, there was seldom a shift where one of Danvers top two D weren’t on the ice. Their steady play kept most of the action out of the Danvers end and ultimately allowed the Falcons to win.

“Everytime I looked up they were out there,” said Brown. “They played smart and conserved energy where they could, and when pucks were on sticks they made the plays.”

Fournier Division MVP Sean Lundergan put the game away for Danvers when he scored with 2:25 to go. Trevor Daly and Robert Tibbets fed him from along the wall and Lundergan buried the chance to make it 2-0.

“That second goal was huge,” Brown said. “Lundergan has been coming off an injury and he’s been playing really well since he’s been back. He’s had a real impact on our lineup and he deserved that MVP.”

In all, Danvers killed four Saugus power play chances. The teams also exchanged coincidental majors in the second when a Danvers played was whistled for boarding but a Sachem skater received a 4:00 facemasking penalty. It was the type of tight-checking, physical game that serves as good preparation for the state tournament.

“Credit Saugus. When they see the blue-and-white of Danvers, they respond,” Brown said of his team’s old NEC rivals. “Saugus threw the kitchen sink at us and our guys handled it. It’s a good thing to see a nice physical game like this.”

MVP Lundergan was joined on the Fournier Division All-Tournament team by teammates Taylor and Ganley, as well as Saugus’ Aikens and Steve Kay.

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