Marblehead 11, Swampscott 1: Senior captain Tom Koopman earned his 100th career point for the Headers with a third period goal as his team hammered its arch rivals.
Needing three points to hit the century mark, the left wing had assists in each of the first two periods before scoring himself 7:23 into the final period, with his sophomore brother Matt Koopman and freshman Braden Haley assisting. Tom Koopman became the 15th player in Header hockey history to reach 100 points for his career.
Matt Koopman and Haley each finished with a goal and three assists. Colby Shepard and Max Delvento both had their best games of the season for Marblehead (13-5), each finishing with a goal and two assists. Defenseman Kyle Koopman had two goals; fellow rearguard P.J. Roy had a goal and two helpers; and Dean Fader, defenseman Trevor Gelineau (his 1st goal of the season plus an assist) and Owen Picariello scored to help Harrison Young (13 saves) earn the win in goal.
“(Swampscott freshman goalie) Zach Turner (47 stops) made some great saves and made (us) work hard for our goals,” said Marblehead head coach Bob Jackson. “But our defense played very well in front of Harrison and limited Swampscott to very few second chance scoring opportunities.”
Swampscott (4-13-1) averted a shutout loss with 50 seconds to play when Ryan Donnelly scored off a feed from Ryan Cresta and Mike Johnson.
Salem 1, Somerville 0: Junior Sam Petri slid in an empty net goal from his own end of the ice as the Witches (8-6-2) scored a huge victory, getting to within two points of a tournament berth. Somerville, needing to win the rest of its games to qualify for state tournament play, pulled its goaltender for an extra skater when Petri got the puck from goalie Brett Harring (34 saves for his second shutout this month) around his own goal line and flung a shot at the Highlanders’ net, hitting the back of it for the game’s only goal to send the Salem fans into delirium. Defenseman Adam Ngo had a big game for the Witches, who can clinch a postseason berth with a victory at Revere today (3:30 p.m.).