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December 26, 2013

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


Like today’s opponents, Fenwick is also having trouble scoring early on with two tallies in its first two contests. Look for Bobby Lombardi (Fenwick) vs. Freddy Robitaille (Peabody) in the nets today.


There’s plenty of other holiday tournament action taking place over the next few days.

The aforementioned Kasabuski Tournament will also feature Danvers meeting Lynnfield today at noon. Depending on whether they win or lose, the Falcons will meet either Melrose or Winthrop tomorrow.

Ted Hanley’s Salem High club, which rallied for a 4-4 tie with Swampscott in its last outing, meets Ashland in the East Boston Deep Freeze Tournament tonight at 8 p.m. (ironically, taking the place of Swampscott). The Witches will then face either O’Bryant or East Boston tomorrow .

The Lynn Christmas Tournament begins tomorrow with the host Jets taking on Swampscott (8 p.m.). The Big Blue, who will be without the services of their leading scorer, sophomore Noah Maercklein (broken thumb in season opener vs. Revere), will then face either Everett or Northeast Regional tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Lastly, the popular Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament begins tomorrow night at Talbot Rink in Gloucester featuring Beverly vs. Triton (6 p.m.) and Marblehead vs. the host Fishermen (8 p.m.). The losers meet Saturday at 4 p.m., the winners in the title match at 6 p.m.


Speaking of the unbeaten Beverly Panthers, they’ll play 40 percent of their schedule before before New Year’s Day — more than any other North Shore team.

The Panthers (5-0), who have scored 22 goals while giving up just two (junior goalie Tim Birarelli hasn’t let a shot by him in 11 periods of work so far), will play today and tomorrow in the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament and host a non-league game vs. Canton next Monday at Salem State (7:30 p.m.).

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