After a sluggish first 15 minutes in which the Falcons trailed, 2-0, they ratcheted up the pressure tenfold in the second stanza and cut their deficit in half. They pelted Amesbury sophomore goaltender Jake Harlow with 21 shots (believed to be the most ever by a DHS team in a playoff game) and seemingly had the ice tilted in their favor. Defenseman Stephen Ganley ripped the twine on the power play at 4:01, with captains Jay Calcagno and Flynn assisting.
Milne — who had missed a month of action with an injury and was originally thought to be lost for the season — returned to the Danvers lineup last night, and his third period shot from the left point went off an Amesbury player’s leg and past Harlow to tie the game at 2-2. It was just the second goal this season for Milne and third of his varsity career.
“Jon plays with a real calmness,” said Brown. “He’s a big kid with a big reach who happened to get the puck on net in that instance, and it worked out great for us.”
Danvers, which outshot the Indians, 35-15, blocked four Amesbury shots in the final two minutes. The third line of James Curley, Ryan Buchanan, Troy Fleming and Kyle Cahill were lauded by Brown for their terrific play.
Danvers 4, Amesbury 2
at Chelmsford Forum, North Billerica
Amesbury: 2 0 0 — 2
Danvers: 0 1 3 — 4
First period: A, J.T. Chamberlain (un), 3:17; A, Austin Toohey (Connor Stevens, Brendan Foley), 7:18.
Second Period: D, Stephen Ganley (Jay Calcagno, Matt Flynn), ppg, 4:01.
Third Period: D, Jon Milne (Flynn, Trevor Daly) 4:15; D, Kevin Hodgkins (Flynn) 10:37; D, Flynn (un), 12:50.
Saves: A, Jake Harlow 31; D, Alex Taylor 13.
Records: D, 11-9-1; A, 8-9-4.