If there’s a silver lining, it’s that some varsity newcomers are stepping up to help quell the tide. Specifically, the all-freshman line of Ryan Donnelly, Mike Johnson and Louis Olivieri have scored 12 of the Big Blue’s 18 goals to date.
A tip of the scalley cap goes to converted defenseman Mike Rosengren, who earned his first varsity win for Salem in its 11-1 pasting of O’Bryant last weekend. With Witches’ four-year netminding stalwart Brett Harring just getting back to full strength after a preseason injury, Rosengren has stepped between the pipes and held the fort down. Against O’Bryant, the senior stopped 15 of 16 shots for a well-earned triumph.
Another goaltending nod goes to Marblehead junior Marc Scribner, who in his first varsity start two nights ago turned aside all 14 shots that Nantucket fired his way in a 10-0 Headers’ win. It can’t be easy being the No. 3 guy behind seniors Myles Barry and Harrison Young in Marblehead’s goalie rotation, but Scribner has bided his time well and shined when given his chance.
Marblehead (5-2) would love to score some revenge Saturday night at Salem State (6 p.m.) when it meets Northeastern Conference North rival Beverly (7-0-1) for the second time in eight days. The Headers held a 3-0 first period lead over the Panthers in the final of the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament last Saturday, only to see Beverly scoring six of the game’s final seven goals in a 6-4 loss.
The high powered Headers’ first line of brothers Tom and Matt Koopman, along with freshman right wing Braden Haley (a combined 14 goals and 35 points) gave the Orange-and-Black some trouble with their speed, size and net tenacity. Young got the start four nights ago, but if Marblehead’s goalie rotation holds true, looking for Barry to get the call this Saturday.