“We didn’t sit back and let them attack us,” said Anderson. “We were the ones doing the attacking.”
Couto, on a great play set up by Rob Buchanan, knocked in a rebound 42 seconds into the middle frame for a 3-1 Danvers lead, but a pair of MacLaughlin goals, with both assisted by linemates Ted Leathersich and Ryan Santo — before the period ended knotted things up at 3-3.
“When they tied it, there was no panic,” said Brown. “The guys all believed what we were doing was working and that they could get it done.”
Beverly controlled the third period (which was much less run-and-gun than the first two), pelting 10 shots on Taylor without giving up a single one until Couto won it with 11 ticks left on the clock.
“It’s part of life and part of high school sports,” said Gilligan of the upset loss that the Orange-and-Black were dealt, “but our kids had a great season, and that can’t be taken away. It’s so tough to beat another team three times, especially one you know so well and where they know you so well. It’s been a tremendous year for us; it just didn’t end the way we hoped.”
agateHed:Danvers 4, Beverly 3
agate_boldCentered:Division 2 North quarterfinals
at O’Brien Rink, Woburn
agate_lineQuarters:Danvers@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: 2 1 1 — 4
agate_lineQuarters:Beverly@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: 1 2 0 — 3
agate_lineQuarters:First period@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: D, A.J. Couto (Kevin Anderson), :38; B, Connor Irving (Nick Albano, Andrew irving), ppg, 2:56; D, Anderson (Jonathan Milne, Kevin Hodgkins), 12:04.
agate_lineQuarters:Second Period@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: D, Couto (Anderson, Rob Buchanan), :42; B, Nate MacLaughlin (Ted Leathersich, Ryan Santo), 1:54; B, N. MacLaughlin (Santo, Leathersich), 12:39.
agate_lineQuarters:Third Period@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: D, Couto (Anderson, Joe Strangie), 14:49.
agate_lineQuarters:Saves@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: D, Alex Taylor 22; B, Tim Biarelli 16.
agate_lineQuarters:Records@SportsLocalAgate:agate_lineQuarters:: D, 12-6-4; B, 18-2-1.