Continuing a postseason string of dominance, the Panthers were again big winners in the faceoff circle Sunday night. They lost only 12 of 41 draws against the Warriors, meaning they gaining possession on 71 percent of them. Doherty was particularly hot on the dot, winning eight of nine faceoffs over the final two periods and 12-of-16 for the game.
Irving’s game-winning goal against Medfield was his fifth of the season, which not only led his team but also the entire North Shore in 2013-14. Doherty had four GWGs; junior right wing Jesse MacLaughlin finished with three; Santo had a pair; and seven Panthers — Albano, Hamor, Straw, Bachini, Lally, and sophomore forwards Hunter Spencer and Ross Wahl — had one each.
A dozen players had at least one point during Beverly’s four-game postseason sprint to the state title. Irving led the way with eight goals and two goals; Nick Albano had a team-high nine assists and also finished with 10 points.
The only other player with multiple playoff goals was Hamor (2). He was one of four Panthers who had three postseason points, joining Bachini, Doherty (3 assists) and MacLaughlin. Straw and junior left wing Teddy Leathersich each went 1-1-2 in the state tournament; Lally and junior right wing Brenden Boyle both had one goal; and Morency contributed one assist.
As a team Beverly had 17 ginos, 27 apples and 44 postseason points. All told, the season totals were 108 goals, 168 assists and 276 points. The only two snipes that don’t count towards those totals were shootout scores by Albano and Irving against Danvers.
By period, the Panthers outscored their foes 28-11 in the first period, 49-11 in the middle stanza and 31-7 over the final 15 minutes of play.
Rarely deviating from rolling out three lines consistently all season, that didn’t change for Beverly against Medfield. The top trio of Santo-Irving-MacLaughlin took 21 shifts in the title game; the second line of Leathersich-Doherty-Boyle had 18; and the Bachini-Lally-Straw threesome hopped over the boards 16 times.