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December 13, 2013

The Blue Line Report: Grateful for hockey

Taking a start of the season musical journey with one of America's most beloved bands

(Continued)

SALEM WITCHES

”St. Stephen”

Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills

One man gathers what another man spills.

Analysis: The addition of two former St. Mary’s of Lynn skaters — junior center Derek Zwiercan and senior defenseman Jackson Jennings — should pay immediate dividends for the Witches, who lost only three players from a year ago. They’ll gladly take these two transfers into the fold, with Zwiercan set to center the first line with wings Adam Ngo on the right and exciting freshman Mike Gillis on the left, while Jackson will play regularly on D along with Eli Spector, Eamon Williamson and Ishmael Telemarco. Four-year starter Brett Harring is back between the pipes and would love to guide his team to a playoff berth, which would be the school’s first trip there in six seasons. There’s depth, there’s speed ... is there a postseason appearance in Salem’s future?

MARBLEHEAD HEADERS

”Deal”

Since it cost a lot to win and even more to lose

You and me bound to spend some time wonderin’ what to choose.

Analysis: The Headers make the move up to Division 2 this winter and certainly belong there; they could be one of the elite clubs in the North if everything goes according to plan. In the Headers’ highly technical system, split second decisions during a game can make a difference between winning and losing, and with no gimmes on this year’s schedule those decisions will need to be made faster and smarter. Two standout goalies (Myles Barry and Harrison Young) return; so do seniors Liam Gillis and Trevor Gelineau on D (along with experienced sophomores Kyle Koopman and P.J. Roy). There’s still plenty of firepower in the forward ranks, too, with senior Tom Koopman, his sophomore brother Matt Koopman, seniors Erik Powers and Dean Fader, and sophomores Tim Kalinowski and Owen Picariello all capable of turning the goal light red any time they hop over the boards.

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