Senior captain Connor Irving, the tournament MVP, had a goal and two assists in the victory and finished the two-game tournament with six points. The North Shore’s leading scorer (8 goals, 11 assists) got Beverly on the board with a power play strike at 6:58 of the second period, with Doherty and Albano assisting.
Skating his first shift of the game, junior wing Brenden Boyle took a pass from captain Jack Morency and beat Marblehead netminder Harrison Young high glove side to cut the deficit to 4-2. Tim Kalinowski’s second goal of the evening beat Beverly’s Tim Birarelli and gave Marblehead its two-goal lead back, but Boyle’s second goal of the period a minute-and-a-half later made it 4-3 after 30 minutes of play.
“We haven’t had to battle too much adversity in the early going,” said Shairs, “and Marblehead’s by far the toughest team we’ve faced. They can really move the puck and have some big boys out there. They gave us nothing, and I know that’ll be the case again when we meet them again (this Saturday at Salem State).”
Jackson said he hopes his club will learn from the loss and that it will benefit the Headers down the road.
“(Beverly’s) a very talented team. They have strong depth in their three lines, have strong and experienced defensemen, and (Birarelli) made some excellent saves when he needed to,” Jackson said. “Beverly has the manpower to be able to score quick goals in a flash —and they showed us that early in the second period.”