The PK helped Beverly keep it 0-0 after with two, with Birarelli collecting nine of his saves in the middle stanza.
“Those are our energy kids. Winthrop was really only able to set up once. We didn’t ever let them get comfortable or get a flow to it,” said Gilligan. “A kid like Lally just goes and goes, and he’ll frustrate you as an opponent.”
The Panthers took advantage of their first power play chance in the third. Hamor (2 assists) passed to Albano along the blue line, and his partner’s shot landed at the pad of Winthrop goalie Ray Feeley (15 saves). Doherty was there and took two shots before the puck popped over Feeley’s leg for the game-winning goal.
“A lot of kids put their nose in and did those dirty things we needed tonight. Graham was one of them,” said Gilligan.
Beverly killed a penalty with 8:28 to go, then was in the midst of another with 5:19 left. Winthrop took a penalty to make it 4-on-4, and on the ensuing offensive zone draw the Panthers scored once again as Lally won it back to Hamor, whose drive was tipped in by Wahl for his first career marker.
“It was a huge win for us against a really good team, a conference rival,” said Lally. “It’s pretty tough to get the puck in deep against their trap, and every line contributed. Everyone was fresh because we were able to roll lines 1-2-3, 1-2-3.”
Irving, the North Shore’s leading scorer, had a pair of breakaways snuffed out by Feeley, who made a glove save on one in the second and a pad save on the other shorthanded in the third.
Winthrop’s Chris Page had his team’s best scoring chance, which Birarelli took away on the pad side.