Peabody, which had a great chance in the first when captain Derek DeMild was sprung loose on a breakaway only to be denied by a Biarelli glove save, seemed to lose some of the fire it showed in the opening 15 minutes after those two quick goals, and it snowballed from there.
“We let up after that second goal, Beverly sensed it and poured it on,” said Tanners (0-1) head coach Mark Leonard. “You simply can’t play that way against a team like Beverly and hope to try and get back into it.”
Keeping the pressure on, the Panthers made it 3-0 when Jake Straw collected a Ross Wahl pass and tucked a backhand past Ferrante low stick side. It was Straw’s second goal in as many nights; Kevin Lally also assisted on the play.
The Panthers’ lead swelled to four a minute-and-a-half later when Irving found linemate J.J. Bachini streaking down the slot and hit him for a one-timer. “I’ve been playing with Connor since Mites; it’s easy to play with him and Graham. They both see the ice and move the puck so well,” said Bachini.
A power play goal by Graham Doherty, with Irving and Albano assisting, made it 5-0 with two minutes left in the second. Bachini then notched his second of the game, this one shorthanded, by hustling to grab an Albano dump in and beating Ferrante between the pads.
“J.J. worked really hard in the offseason and got a lot stronger on his skates. He’s a tough kid,” acknowledged Gilligan, whose team finished with 40 shots on goal. “He’s a good natural skater with great side-to-side movement, and he’s got the speed to keep up with Connor and Graham. The three of them together can make things happen so fast.”
Irving and Albano both have five points for the first two games for Beverly, which plays at Gloucester Wednesday (6 p.m.).
Peabody, which got strong games from sophomore defenseman Aaron Dollin, captain Mike Vadala and the second line of Andrew Bisconti, Ryan Carney and Reed Foster, hosts Winthrop in its home opener Wednesday (5:15 p.m.).