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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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The Blue-and-White will finally return home to Salem State on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they meet Beverly in a 1 p.m. contest. Following that matchup, they’ll have just two more home dates in the regular season, both against Northeastern Conference North foes: Saturday, Feb. 1 vs. Gloucester (2:50 p.m.) and Wednesday, Feb. 12 vs. Marblehead (5 p.m.).

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Good to see the Salem Witches not only winning games — they’ll look to even their record at 3-3-1 if they can defeat visiting Lynn this afternoon at Salem State (4:30 p.m.) — but also tightening up defensively. The shots-against are way down from past seasons as Salem is clearing the puck better, getting it out of its own end and winning 50/50 battles along the boards and in the neutral zone.

Among this team-wide momentum building, several Witches are stepping up their games considerably, said head coach Ted Hanley. One of them is senior Danny Heck; not only did he score the winning goal in a 3-2 triumph over Revere last weekend, but the senior forward is showing energy and leadership while also being his team’s top scorer (4 goals, 6 points).

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The Blue Line Report, a column on North Shore high school hockey, appears each Wednesday during the winter sports season in The Salem News. Contact sports editor Phil Stacey at pstacey@salemnews.com or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.

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