PEABODY — The Danvers High hockey team has yet to play a strong first period this season, and that trend continued yesterday against winless Lynnfield.
The Falcons looked like a completely different team over the next two frames, however, and dominated Lynnfield in a 2-0 shutout win. The Blue-and-White had 20 shots more than the hosts over the final 30 minutes of play.
“We talked about having a better (first) period because we haven’t had a good first period all year,” said Falcons head coach Kevin Brown. “(Lynnfield) came out and hit us all over our zone. We talked about rebounding (before the second period), and the kids responded.”
With the win, Danvers improved to 4-4.
Danvers spent most of the time in its own end in the first period but the Pioneers (0-4-2), who forechecked well, didn’t get many quality shots on net. The Falcons really struggled to get the puck out of their own end, content instead to just fire the puck up the boards.
But they spent very little time in their own end in the second period thanks to smarter play from the defense led by Ryan Cassidy and Stephen Ganley, who started reversing the puck and looking for the guy in the middle. The Falcons held a 17-1 shot advantage in the second stanza.
“We pushed them in the first period and showed that we’re a better team than we were in that first game,” said Lynnfield skipper Jon Gardner, whose team lost 4-1 to the Falcons when they met in the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament. “And then they pushed back in the second and took the game over.”
The game looked like it would still be tied headed into the second intermission, but a heads-up pass by Danvers’ Trevor Daly sent a streaking Tyler Dustin into the Pioneer zone. With the Lynnfield defenseman sagging, Dustin uncorked a bomb of a slapshot that snuck just under the crossbar for a 1-0 Falcons’ lead.