SAUGUS – What a difference two big wins can make. Peabody came into the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament with a disappointing 0-3 record and left with the National Division championship after putting together back to back solid efforts.
Yesterday’s 5-2 win over Wakefield was similar to Thursday’s victory over Bishop Fenwick. After a scoreless first period the Tanners exploded for four goals in the middle frame to take a 4-1 lead.
“It’s nice to back up the Fenwick game (6-0) with another win to prove that wasn’t a fluke,” said Peabody coach Mark Leonard, who is now just one victory away from reaching the 200 mark and can do it in Methuen on New Year’s Eve (noon start). “We’re gaining confidence, and broke out the scoring again.
“That had been a big problem in our first three games, but a little confidence goes a long way. Once again we took over the game in the second period after having a little advantage in the first. I liked the way we moved to get pucks deep, and we also had the edge in physical play. I know Wakefield is very young, but that’s a Division 1 team we beat.”
In the past two games the Tanners have scored 11 goals while giving up only 2. Sophomore Freddy Robitaille got the start in net for the second straight game and allowed one goal on a Warriors power play. Freshman Aaron McDonnell took over late in the game and also gave up a power play goal.
Peabody had five different scorers, getting two goals from defensemen and one apiece from each of the first three lines. After a pretty even first period the Tanners completely controlled play, using their speed to beat Wakefield to the puck and making good passes.
“We got off to a bit of slow start, feeling things out. But in the second period the goals kept coming,” said captain Andrew Bisconti, who centers the second line and assisted on a goal. “It’s an awesome feeling to win this tournament, especially after starting off 0-3.