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December 24, 2012

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


The Salem News

---- — 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.”

Salem 2, Revere 2: Trailing by two with under four minutes to play, the Witches (1-1-2) rallied for a satisfying tie against their Northeastern Conference South rivals. Spencer Bergholtz got his team on the scoreboard with 3:41 to go after converting a pass from linemate Danny Heck. Then, with Salem on the power play, senior captain Jake Batista fed Matt Jalbert for the game-tying strike with just 80 seconds remaining.

Brett Harring had another big game in goal for Salem as the junior captain turned aside 23 shots.

Masconomet 4, Methuen 1: Senior forward Trevor Surette scored a goal and added an assist as the visiting Chieftains (1-1-2) earned their first win of the season. Fellow senior Anthony Anzalone scored what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the second period, with sophomore Mike Castro and senior captain Alec DiGiorgio also tallying. Captain Matt Cardillo stopped 26 shots in goal as Masconomet blocked 11 shots in front of him.

St. Peter Marian 3, Bishop Fenwick 0: The Crusaders (1-4) couldn’t get on the scoresheet at home, dropping their fourth straight contest.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Beverly 5, Everett 1: Junior winger Nicole Woods factored in all five tallies with two goals and three assists as the Panthers (3-0) remained unbeaten. Livvy Konaxis and Anna O’Neill each had a goal and an assist and Anna Hayden also scored for Beverly while Ami Thompson earned the victory in net.

Marblehead 5, Shawsheen 3: The Lady Headers scored five times in the third period to turn in a 2-0 deficit into a convincing win. Brittany Lydon had a pair of goals, Rachel McKay had a goal and an assist, Halle McKay doled out three helpers and Abby Dimare netted the winner 12 seconds after Meg Gray tied it up. Ally Hopkins made 28 saves for Marblehead (3-1).

Peabody 6, Bishop Fenwick 3: Peabody’s Coutrney Smith scored three goals and three assists as the Tanners got their first victory of the season yesterday. The Crusaders, which drop to 0-5, saw goals from Hannah Dragonas, Molly Reardon and Emily Galligan. Meghan Woodworth made 25 saves in net for Fenwick.

BOYS BASKETBALL

St. John’s Prep 64, Charlestown 50: The Eagles continue their win streak and move to 5-0 on the season. Tyler Dooley had 18 points and six assists, while Drex Costello added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Prep had a 33-26 lead at the half and was able to maintain the lead down the stretch. Max Burt finished with 13, while Ben Judson chipped in with 10 points.