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March 19, 2014

The Blue Line Report: Putting the season on ice

Picking out the best of the best from the 2013-14 North Shore high school hockey season


D — Liam Gillis, Marblehead. Steady as they come with an offensive flair and some snarl to his game. Played more minutes than any other player on the team and hopped over the boards in all situations: power play, man down, final minute of the game, etc. Second among local defenseman in scoring (25 points).

G — Tim Birarelli, Beverly. Best season of all-time (20-1-1, 1.26 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, 5 shutouts) while leading Panthers to Division 2 crown. Allowed just four goals in four playoff games, totalling 192 minutes. Junior holds career records for wins, shutouts, GAA and save percentage. Another two-time Super Six recipient.


F — Tom Koopman, Marblehead

F — Connor Irving, Beverly

F — Jimmy Currier, St. John’s Prep

D — Tyler Costello, Masconomet

D — Liam Gillis, Marblehead

G — Mitch Nekoroski, Masconomet


F — Joe Griffin, Masconomet

F — Mike Castro, Masconomet

F — Nick Latham, St. John’s Prep

D — Nick Albano, Beverly

D — Stephen Ganley, Danvers

G — Tim Birarelli, Beverly


F — Tim Kalinowski, Marblehead

F — Matt Koopman, Marblehead

F — Kyle Lynch, St. John’s Prep

D — Kyle Koopman, Marblehead

D — Matt Pino, Peabody

G — Freddy Robitaille, Peabody


F — Mike Johnson, Swampscott

F — Ryan Donnelly, Swampscott

F — Braden Haley, Marblehead

D — Greg McGunigle, Bishop Fenwick

D — Alex Delvento, Marblehead

G — Zach Laramie, St. John’s Prep


(based on the actual positions and lines that players were on for their teams)

1st LINE: Tom Koopman (Marblehead Sr. LW)-Connor Irving (Beverly Sr. C)-Jimmy Currier (St. John’s Prep Sr. RW)

2nd LINE: Erik Powers (Marblehead Sr. LW)-Graham Doherty (Beverly Sr. C)-Tim Kalinowski (Marblehead Soph. RW)

3rd LINE: J.J. Bachini (Beverly Sr. LW)-Kevin Lally (Beverly Sr. C)-Jake Straw (Beverly Sr. RW)

4th LINE: Ross Wahl (Beverly Soph. LW)-Colby Shepard (Marblehead Sr. C)-Mike Dooley (Masconomet Sr. RW)

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