Danvers started strong, matching the Panthers in the first quarter on goals from Trevor Chasse and Troy Fleming. Calcagno scored his first of two goals early in the second quarter to give the Falcons their only lead of the game at 3-2.
Spencer finished a feed from Albano with just 49 seconds to play in the first half, and the same duo hooked up again just 1:24 into the second half to give the Panthers the lead for good.
“They were executing their offense against our zone. They were looking for certain things and we told our guys, ‘This is what they’re looking for’, and they didn’t execute it,” Murphy said. “We made the adjustments to slow them down, but at that point the momentum had swung. Our faceoff guy (Stephen Ganley) got injured and what was going to be an advantage for us we didn’t have ... and we didn’t have an answer.”
Calcagno finished with two goals for Danvers, Chasse had one goal and one assist, and Fleming and Stephen Goutzos each scored once.
Freshman Sam Abate added two assists for Beverly, which got excellent defense throughout, particularly from goalie Kevin Lally and defensemen Ty Martz and Dylan Jutras.
“We are very good defensively. They had a goal where the kid fed the crease, we doubled and checked the ball and it flies out in the air right to the kid who’s right there,” Pynchon said. “Kevin has given up one of those in our first three games. Sometimes those aren’t going to go like that and we’re going to be fine. Overcoming adversity is what we need to keep getting better at.”