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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

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1st DEFENSE: Nick Albano (Beverly Jr.)-Liam Gillis (Marblehead Sr.)

2nd DEFENSE: Kyle Koopman (Marblehead Soph.)-Ty Costello (Masconomet Sr.)

3rd DEFENSE: Patrick McCarthy (Peabody Soph.)-Trevor Gelineau (Marblehead Sr.)

STARTING GOALIE: Tim Birarelli (Beverly Jr.)

A DOZEN OTHER PLAYERS I’D TAKE ON MY TEAM ANY DAY ...

Matt Hamor, Beverly Sr. D: Bearded blue liner was a defensive rock but found his offensive game in Panthers’ run to state title.

Mitch Nekoroski, Masconomet Sr. G: Came virtually out of nowhere to backbone an excellent Chieftains’ defense and share of Cape Ann League title.

Matty Flynn, Danvers: Used every ounce of ability God gave him whenever you put his blades on the ice. All heart and tough as a Chara slapshot.

Brett Harring, Salem: No one deserved a taste of the postseason more than this four-year starter for the Witches (which thankfully, he received).

Owen Piccariello, Marblehead Soph. C: After a fine 10th grade season, could see his numbers as a junior take a huge leap forward.

Reed Foster, Peabody: Seems to thrive taking punishment in front of other team’s net in order to jam home another goal.

Mark Etherington, St. John’s Prep Sr. C: Bided his time with Eagles — and when it came this winter, he delivered big time.

Jared Brann, Masconomet Sr. C: Loved his game in all three zones, particularly neutral ice and how dogged he was in his own end.

Ryan Santo, Beverly Sr. LW: Not flashy or explosive, but steady as they come. Perfect fit on Beverly’s first line with the mercurial Irving.

Alex Taylor, Danvers Jr. G: The definition of a goaltender who plays big in the biggest games, ‘AT’ constantly proves detractors wrong.

Sam Petri, Salem Jr. F: Sneaky good at many offensive aspects of the game had a penchant for coming up big when Salem needed him most.

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