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December 26, 2013

The Blue Line Report: Balanced scoring could pay big dividends for Masconomet this winter

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Etherington had a goal and an assist in the Prep’s 8-1 season opening win over Bishop Fenwick, then had a terrific two-way game Saturday night as the Eagles pulled out a 2-1 win at Hingham.

“Mark’s a solid two-way player with a great work ethic,” said Eagles’ head coach Kristian Hanson. “He’s a very coachable kid and a good leader.”

It’s a big week for the Eagles, who resume play this afternoon against one of the state’s best clubs, Catholic Conference rival B.C. High, at UMass Boston (2:20 p.m.). A Saturday night matchup with host Woburn at O’Brien Rink (8 p.m.) follows, and then the big one takes place next Tuesday: a 2:30 p.m. contest with Malden Catholic at Fenway Park on New Year’s Eve.

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So what does the Peabody High hockey team need to do to get their first win?

“Keep at it,” said head coach Mark Leonard. “We have to find a way to create some offense for ourselves, and it’s going to take continual hard work and the attitude that we can get it done.”

Peabody (0-3) has netted just three goals in its three goals, with senior captain Derek DeMild netting two and Bobby Caproni scoring the other on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Tanners played well for the first 20-plus minutes Saturday night in Gloucester, taking a 2-1 lead. But the Fishermen rallied to score the final four goals as breakdowns at inopportune times cost Peabody.

One team from the Tanner City is hoping to earn their first win of the young season this morning when Peabody (0-3) meets Bishop Fenwick (0-2) in the first round of the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament in Saugus (10 a.m.). The winner plays in tomorrow’s title contest (4 p.m.) against the Wakefield/Saugus victor; the two losing squads will play at noon in the consolation game.

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