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December 26, 2012

The Blue Line Report: Something's brewing with Witches

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“This tells the rest of the league we’re not taking any crap this year, even when we’re down 2-0,” said the 16-year-old from Hamilton. “The expectations are higher for all of us.”

With Hanley pushing his players to believe in themselves and their abilities, the Witches are bound for further success in 2013, said Batista.

“Work hard and success will pay off; we’re always preaching that,” he said. “And coach has been through so much in his life and is giving all he has for us, so we need to help him out by doing the same thing. Everyone is feeling that.”

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North Shore hockey trivia question: can you name the local high school assistant coach who often serves as the goaltender for the Boston Bruins Alumni team?

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Holiday hockey begins today, with many of our area teams taking part in various vacation week tournaments.

Beverly will be back to defend its title in the Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament at the Talbot Rink in Gloucester, meeting up withTriton in the first of two semifinal games tonight at 6 p.m. Marblehead faces off against host Gloucester in the nightcap (8 p.m.); the two losing teams meet tomorrow in the consolation game at 6, followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

Danvers, Bishop Fenwick and host Saugus will all skate at the annual Kasabuski Christmas Classic in Saugus beginning today. Fenwick kicks things off by meeting Melrose (coached by former Lynnfield head man Vin Mirasolo) at 11 a.m., followed by Danvers vs. Lynnfield at 1 and Saugus meeting Wakefield at 3. The matchups tomorrow will consist of Fenwick/Lynnfield (11 a.m.), Danvers/Wakefield (1) and Saugus/Melrose (3).

Masconomet will meet one of the top teams in all of Division 2 hockey, Wilmington, in the first round of the Hillies Christmas Tournament in Haverhill this afternoon at 5 p.m., followed by Matignon vs. North Andover at 7. The Guptill Division consolation (5 p.m.) and championship (7 p.m.) games will take place Friday.

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