The two-minute, locked-in penalty came a few minutes later, and it appeared to be the break the Magicians needed.
“We had an opportunity. We doubled the ball and it didn’t work,” Marblehead coach John Wilkens said. “We played flat today. They were the better, fundamentally sound team. It comes down to basics and we didn’t have it today and they did.”
On the heels of Abate’s game-turning goal, Nick Albano put home a feed from Jordan Rawding to increase the lead to 8-4.
“At that point I think it was like, all right we got this thing,” Pynchon said. “This game is nice, but all it means is we gotta win another one at their place in May. It’s nice, but it doesn’t mean that much.”
Pynchon expects Marblehead to get better after this game, and so does Wilkens.
The Magicians lost to Beverly by six goals in their first meeting last year, then rebounded with a one-goal win later in the season.
“It’s the little things, the basics. We played a terrible game today and the guys know it, and you just gotta go back to the drawing board and re-tool,” Wilkens said. “These are the things you learn from. Last year we lost 12-6 here, kind of got our doors blown off and this was the same thing. They know what to do (to get better).”
Tyrrell finished with one goal and one assist for Marblehead while Anderson, Harrison Young and Sam Paquette each scored one.
Abate scored three goals for the Panthers and Albano added three goals and two assists. Rawding and Hunter Spencer each had one goal and one assist. Ian Butler also scored for Beverly.