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December 24, 2012

Advantage: Beverly

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“On my first goal Connor gave me a nice feed and I went up high (over Powers’ left shoulder) with a backhand,” said Doherty. “On the second Nick slid the puck to me and I just turned and shot. I got lucky.”

Peabody (0-2) has gone six periods without a goal this season; finding a way to generate offensive chances and capitalize on them will be paramount for the Tanners moving forward.

“We need to keep working on going to the net,” said Leonard. “We’re getting initial chances, but not second chances. We need to make those for ourselves. Two games and no goals ... that’s a big thing. We’ve got to fix that.”

Having won 13 straight regular season games dating back to last season,

“We know whoever we face, we need to stay physical and keep grinding,” said Beverly High sophomore Ryan Lally, a fixture up front who also forms a potent 1-2 punch with Doherty on the Panthers’ penalty kill. “We’re going to get every team’s best effort, so we need to always be grinding and cycling the puck.

“(Powers) really played well; he made a great high glove side on me in the first period that I thought was in. But we just kept at it. We have to stay composed, keep shooting ... and cause a lot of damage when we get power plays.”

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