After falling behind just 59 seconds into the game after Lincoln-Sudbury’s Myles Cohen roofed a rebound, it was virtually all Beverly all the time for the rest of the game.
"From the onset, we said we were going to play physical hockey tonight. I think we took them out of their game," said Gilligan. "We forechecked them ... and our kids were really going. We used our skating legs, got the puck in deep and played our game.
"For us, it was all about keeping our compsure (after L-S scored early). They were getting tired by the end of the first period and we did a real nice job wearing them down with our speed. I think our kids outworked them."
The Panthers tied the contest at the 5-minute mark when Boyle, a junior right wing who was stationed at the far post, pounced on a Graham Doherty rebound and easily backhanded it into the empty cage for his fifth goal of the season.
Just 15 seconds later, the Orange-and-Black took a lead they’d never relinquish as Lally, the team’s third line center, took a pass from defenseman Nick Albano (who had 3 first period assists), flew down the left wing boards and flung a shot on goal that beat Lincoln-Sudbury junior Derek Ashe cleanly through the 5-hole. Captain Matt Hamor also assisted Lally's tally, his fourth of the year.
"I looked at (Ashe) and he was going down low, so I threw him a changeup," said Lally.
The lead swelled to 3-1 at 10:31 of the opening period when Leathersich — in for the usual first line right wing Jessie MacLaughlin, who lost his skate blade on the previous shift — took a feed from Albano, cut towards the cage and slid the puck across to Irving, who easily rammed it past Ashe.