After McLaughlin’s second goal to begin the third, Marblehead put the pressure on immediately. Matt Koopman’s pretty goal out front, where he took a pass from his older brother in the slot and pivoted to his right before roofing a shot bar down, cut his team’s deficit to 4-2 with just under 14 minutes left. He struck again a little over two minutes later after receiving a feed from his twin and flinging a quick snapshot from off the left wing boards that snuck between Birarelli’s pads.
“Marblehead’s got some kids who can really fly and shoot the puck well,” said Gilligan, “Fortunately, I think we tired them out a bit in the second period with our forecheck and got ourselves the lead. But you can never rest easy against those guys.”