Marblehead wasted little time establishing its first period dominance, scoring 64 seconds after the puck was first dropped. Powers netted his 13th goal of the season after collecting defenseman Trevor Gelineau’s shot from the point and depositing it in back of North Reading netminder Keith Linnane (40 saves).
“It was a great way to start the game,” Barry said. “Coming out fast like that catches everyone off guard.”
Senior fourth liner Chris Cormier, who didn’t score at all during the regular season, bagged his second goal in as many playoff games to make it 2-0 at 7:23. Setting up shop in front of Linnane, he took a pass from linemate Max Delvento (who was stationed behind the net) and one-timed the puck home.
On the very next shift, the Headers broke out of their zone 2-on-1 as brothers Tom and Matt Koopman bore on in Linnane. Matt, the sophomore center, kept the puck and roofed a missile high glove side that Linnane couldn’t get to.
“We definitely caught them flat-footed in that first period,” said Powers, who added an empty net goal with eight seconds to play. “But we knew they were a good team and they’d come out after us the next two periods. But us playing those four lines I think wore them down.”
North Reading came out and played much better in the second stanza, getting a power play goal from senior captain Tom Day at 4:41. But those two terrific saves by Barry and some staunch penalty killing prevented further damage, a trait Marblehead continued in the final period until Powers’ empty netter sealed the deal.
Marblehead 4, North Reading 1
at Stoneham Arena
North Reading: 0 1 0 — 1
Marblehead: 3 0 1 — 4
First period: M, Erik Powers (Trevor Gelineau, Time Kalinowski), 1:04; M, Chris Cormier (Max Delvento, Liam Gillis), 7:23; M, Matt Koopman (Tom Koopman), 7:43.
Second Period: NR, Thomas Day (un), ppg, 4:41.
Third Period: M, Powers (un), eng, 14:52.
Saves: M, Miles Barry 9; NR, Keith Linnane 40.
Records: M, 18-5-1; NR, 16-3-2.