“He utilizes his speed and he has heart, too. He might not be the fastest guy, but he has determination and when the puck’s on his stick, he knows what to do with it. It’s a great night and a great memory down here for him.”
Another big factor for the Falcons was coming out strong to take the lead; the three goals they scored in the first period last night equaled the total they had in the first 15 minutes of their previous eight games combined.
“It was the first period we’ve needed all year ... and tonight we got it,” said Brown.
Flynn got the scoring started at 8:52 of the first period, going down the right side on his off wing before puting a shot in tight of Gloucester keeper Derek Morris’ glove hand. Morris caught the puck, but it was already over the line.
Immediately off the ensuing faceoff, Danvers struck again as Hodgkins buried a Flynn pass out front just 12 seconds later and a 2-0 lead. It swelled to 3-0 in the final minute of the opening stanza when Flynn tipped a point shot out front and past Morris.
Flynn didn’t waste any time turning his trick, beating Gloucester’s Owen Parisi 22 seconds into the middle period by converting a neutral zone turnover into a pretty backhand goal.
“Once I got the first one, they just started rolling,” Flynn said of his scoring outburst.
Gloucester (2-5) freshman Liam Lyons got his team on the scoresheet at 1:45 of the second, but the hosts couldn’t beat goaltender Alex Taylor (21 saves) again. Calcagno and Tibbetts added power play goals for Danvers in the third period to complete the scoring.
With 4:14 to play, eighth grade backup goalie Cam Libby relieved Taylor (the first time all season he had come out of a game) and made two saves, including racing out of his crease and diving to knock away a loose puck that Gloucester’s Brian Bos was trying to beat him to and knock into the net.