, Salem, MA


December 28, 2013

Peabody hockey wins Kasabuski Christmas Tourney


“We really needed a win, and getting it against Fenwick boosted our morale coming into this game. We wanted to show everybody that we’re a better team than our record. Coach does a great job spreading out the talent; we don’t have one top heavy line. Everybody contributes, and now we’re starting to play with a lot of confidence.”

Defenseman Donny Shaw put Peabody on the board in the first minute of the middle period after taking a pass from Mike Vadala and firing a quick shot from the right point that beat Wakefield goalie Ben Yandell.

The Warriors answered right back with a power play goal by Tyler Gibbons less than a minute later, but sophomore Owen Brewster gave Peabody a lead it would not relinquish 25 seconds later. He was assisted by freshman linemate Chris Gillen.

The Tanners held Wakefield to just three shots in the period while peppering Yandell with 13. Junior Matt Pino scored the first goal of his career with the Tanners to make it 3-1. He worked the puck along the boards and then cut to the middle to stuff it between Yandell’s pads on the power play with Shaw picking up an assist.

More relentless pressure paid off when Bobby Caproni scored on a rebound with 14 seconds left in the period to put his team ahead, 4-1. Vadala put the game out of reach early in the last period, beating Mike Melanson, who had replaced Yandell in the net.

“I’m very happy with both wins in this tournament, and we got some hardware to take home,” said Leonard referring to the nice plaque his team earned. “It wasn’t just one line doing the scoring, but a lot of different people involved. Once again our second line (Bisconti, Ryan Carney, Caproni) had a great game. They’ve got a lot of speed, and it creates problems for the defense.

“Pino made a nice play on that goal; he was really hustling out there. If we came in here and dropped two our season could have been over, but we played two good games. We’re still young, but with each game they are making smarter plays.”

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