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February 28, 2014

Breaking down tonight's Beverly/Danvers hockey clash by the numbers

It happened exactly 364 days ago — one of the greatest upsets in Danvers High hockey history, and one of the most bitter defeats in Beverly High hockey annals.

Circumstances have brought these bitter on-ice rivals together again tonight, where the Panthers will host the Falcons before what will undoubtedly be a sold out crowd at Stoneham Arena (7:45 p.m.) in the Division 2 North quarterfinals.

Danvers scored the game-winning goal with 11 seconds to play — on its only shot of the period, no less — to stun the Panthers last season, 4-3. So is another huge upset in the cards for the Falcons tonight? Or do the Panthers get the revenge they’ve so desperately sought for the past year?

Let’s take a look at tonight’s matchup by the numbers and see what’s in store:

BEVERLY DANVERS

Seed 1 8

Record 18-1-1 11-9-1

Goals For 91 50

Goals Against 25 57

First period goals 21 10

Second period goals 42 19

Third period goals 28 21

Goal leader Graham Doherty (17) Matty Flynn (10)

Assist leader Connor Irving (29) Matty Flynn (12)

Points leader Connor Irving (45) Matty Flynn (22)

Plus/Minus leader

Top defenseman Nick Albano (7-38-35) Stephen Ganley (5-9-14)

Goalie Tim Birarelli (1.33 GAA, 5 SHO) Alex Taylor (2.48 GAA, 3 SHO)

Team shutouts 6 3

Vs. each other in 2013-14 2-0 0-2

Longest win streak this season 11 4 (current)

Days since last playoff win 1,091 3

All-time playoff wins 19 40

All-time playoff games 41 72

State titles 0 2

Last appearance at Boston Garden 1977 (lost state semis) 2001 (won state title)

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