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January 8, 2014

The Blue Line Report: Headers hope third (or fourth) time could be the charm

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Danvers High captain Matt Flynn looks at junior liner James Curley and sees a glimpse of his past.

”He’s just like I was my sophomore year,” Flynn said of Curley, who has scored in back-to-back games for the Falcons. “He’s a real worker, always going into the corners and battling. He’s the kind of guy you love to have on your team.”

Curley has been skating on an all-junior line with center Sean Lundergan and right wing Kyle Cahill. He knocked in his own third period rebound to tie Peabody, 3-3 (in a game the Falcons eventually won, 4-3), then tallied again Monday as the Falcons blanked host Lynnfield, 2-0.

”James isn’t a big guy, but he’s a real hustle guy. He’s perfect for that line,” said head coach Kevin Brown.

”Curley had the shift of the night on his goal (against Peabody). He made a couple of hustle plays, then came back and made that play to get a huge goal. He’s a kid that provides energy.”

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The Falcons, who play in Gloucester tonight against the host Fishermen at the Dorothy Talbot Rink (6 p.m.), are still in the embryonic stages of an eight-game stretch in which they’ll be playing away from the Rockett Arena in Salem, their home base. Wearing their blue road uniforms for eight consecutive games, the Falcons have far and away the longest such streak of any North Shore hockey team this winter.

Tonight’s contest in Gloucester is the second in an eight-game road trek. The others, in order, are Saturday at Concord-Carlisle (4 p.m.), next Monday in Wilmington against St. John’s Prep (8 p.m.), a week from tonight in Winthrop (6:10 p.m.), next Saturday at Acton-Boxboro (5 p.m.), Monday, Jan. 20 at Amesbury (1:05 p.m.) and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Stoneham (6 p.m.). Three of those games (St. John’s, Acton-Boxboro and Stoneham) are against Division 1 opponents.

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