SALEM – They’re mostly going to be ugly, unsightly and unattractive.
But if that’s the best method for the Danvers High hockey team to score goals this season, then you better believe the Falcons will consider them beautiful works of art every time the red light flashes behind an opposing netminder.
Getting a pair of special teams goals -- one on the power play, the other shorthanded -- in the second period proved to be enough as Danvers held off Winthrop, 3-2, in its season opener Saturday at the Rockett Arena.
“I was happy scoring three goals against that team,” opined Danvers head coach Kevin Brown. “Winthrop’s a real good team with strong defense and an all-star goalie.
“I told our guys after the game that everyone was part of this victory, whether you played one shift or a bunch. We’re all in this together, and that’s how it’s going to be for us all winter.”
Danvers’ three tallies Saturday came off of a goalmouth scrum, a power play rebound that popped out loose from the pack out front; and a smartly timed pick and breakaway backhand for a man-down score.
The last of those three goals was pretty; third line center Trevor Daly timed it perfectly where he cleanly stole the puck from a Winthrop player at the blue line, walked in alone on netminder Ray Feeley and tucked a backhand inside the near post. But the other two goals -- Kyle Cahill’s stuff-in shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the first, and junior defenseman Stephen Ganley’s slapshot off a rebound scramble from captain Jay Calcagno -- while not elegant, were the result of the same hard work that Brown has been preaching to his team since Day of practice.
“If you give good effort, good things will come. And I thought our guys gave a great effort,” said Brown.