Through three games, one thing has become increasingly apparent to these veteran hockey eyes: Beverly High is a lot like their football brethen. Similar to the 13-0 Super Bowl champions, the Panther icemen are extremely gifted offensively — as their 19 goals scored by a dozen different players will attest to — but they may even better defensively as a unit (only 1 goal surrendered thus far).
Trivia answer: Beverly police officer and goalie coach Mike Boccuzzi often straps on the pads and stands between the pipes for the Bruins’ Alumni squad when they travel to play charity games.
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PLAYING FAVORITES with nic gianelli School, year, position: St. John's Prep , Sr., Center Favorite pregame meal: I always eat raisins before I go out on the ice. Gotta have my raisins with water. Favorite pregame music: I like rock and roll, stuff like 3 Doors Down and Nickelback. Favorite rink: Gotta be the Stooch (Ristuccia Memorial Arena, the Prep's home barn). Favorite stick/skates: I like Apex for both Favorite hockey movie: "Miracle" Favorite non-hockey movie: "Law Abiding Citizen" Favorite finishing move: I like to go in, give a little fake, go backhand and then back forehand before shooting. That works well for me. Favorite St. John's Prep memory: Our first game in the Super 8 tournament last year (a 4-3 overtime win over Springfield Cathedral). That was unbelievably exciting. Favorite NHL players: I like Brad Marchand, who's scrappy like me, and Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings Favorite hockey logo: I love the Bruins' Winter Classic jerseys and the logo they wore that day (in 2010).