, Salem, MA


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




Ripple in still water

When there is no pebble tossed

Nor wind to blow

Analysis: Translation: make your own waves, which can start small but eventually lead to bigger and better things. Now in Year 3 of their foray into Division 1 hockey, the Crusaders are looking to improve upon last year’s four-win campaign. They lost four of their top five scorers and their starting goalie, Pat O’Leary (to prep school), but the players back in uniform are hard working and hungry for success. Nick Finan had 18 points a year ago and would love to add to that total significantly; along with fellow senior captain Brian Corcoran and assistants Brian Bassett and Nick Coccolutto and junior Tim Sullivan (a junior who transferred in from Hebron Academy), they’ll be the offensive leaders. Juniors such as Brandon DeBerardinis, Matt Garofalo and Dylan Maida will be asked to set up their games on defense.


”Box of Rain”

What do you want me to do

To do for you to see me through?

Analysis: One of bassist Phil Lesh’s most beloved and heartfelt songs speaks to a tight-knit group, led by 15 seniors. The Chieftains will look to use their ample speed and depth to create scoring chances; they may take a scoring-by-committee approach early on until someone can step up and be the team’s go-to guy up front. Seniors Tyler Costello at left wing and Jared Brann at center have chemistry together on the top line and will likely pair up with Nick Aleckna; speedy wings Vitaly Knowles and Joe Emma form a nice second line with center Mike Castro. Defensively, Joe Griffin and captain Nick Jesi lead an athletic five-man unit in front of netminder Mitch Nekoroski, while fellow senior Jon Anderson will push him for playing time.

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