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December 24, 2012

Weekend area sports roundup: Franzese, Koopman brothers lead Headers past Swampscott icemen

BOYS HOCKEY

Saturday night turned out to be doubly important for the Marblehead High boys hockey team.

The Headers now only won their second straight game in doubling up arch rival Swampscott, 6-3, at Salem State’s Rockett Arena, but will also no doubt learn some valuable lessons they’ll be able to use all season long.

“There were a lot of learning stretches that came out of this game,” head coach Bob Jackson said after his club was bolstered by two goals apiece from senior right wing Trip Franzese and junior left wing Tommy Koopman.

“We need to learn how to play with the lead better (Marblehead led 5-1 after the second period),” continued Jackson, “and we need to learn how to finish teams off. We also have to be smart on the ice at all times. We’re certainly happy with the win, but there’s a lot we can learn from this game. A lot.”

Freshman center Matt Koopman and third line winger Erik Powers added single scores for Marblehead (2-1) while captain Ian Maag had two assists and Myles Barry stopped 16 shots for the win.

After going just 1-for-9 on the power play in their previous outing against Revere, the Headers cashed in on several chances Saturday by moving the puck quicker and looking for the off wing guy, resulting in several low shots to the far pad of Swampscott’s goaltenders that produced goals and rebound opportunities.

Swampscott, which tasted defeat for the first time this season, got a goal with 2/10ths of a second left in the first period by freshman Noah Maercklein, then two third period strikes from Nunzio Morretti and Robert Serino to slice a four-goal deficit to 5-3. Morretti and Serino also assisted on each other’s tallies.

“We didn’t quit and I was happy with that,” said Big Blue (2-1) coach Gino Faia. “The things we did well tonight, we need to do those for three full periods. Then we’ll get the results we’re hoping for.”

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