, Salem, MA


December 28, 2012

Beverly defends Cape Ann Savings crown by topping Marblehead


“Primarily our penalty killers are the Irvings, Kevin Lally and Graham Doherty and they use their sticks very well,” said Gilligan. “You have to be careful when they’re around. Every pass has to be on the money or they can get you.”

That’s exactly what happened soon after Marblehead Dean Fader scoring the tying goal on a nicely executed 2-on-1. The Headers had all the momentum going on the power play, but a careless clear in their own zone saw Connor Irving feed Andrew all alone in front for the short handed winner.

“Those two, No. 22 and No. 7, are so quick. They see that one crack in your armor and they jump on it,” said Jackson.

Connor Irving put the title away for Beverly with an empty netter with 26 seconds left and had three goals and two helpers in two tournament games.

Beverly’s defensemen — Hamor and Nick Albano as well as Jack Morency and Sean Munzing — did a good job making sure the Headers didn’t get rebounds. Birarelli made several in-tight stops on Ian Maag, Tom Koopman and Ty Bates, but the plays ended there.

“Too often our guys without the puck weren’t in spaces to create traffic and rebounds,” said Jackson. “Beverly did a good job keeping us out of those areas, so we have to work harder to make sure our off-forwards get there.”

Cam Rowe picked up an assist on Fader’s goal for Marblehead, which made it 1-1 early in the second.

“Marblehead played very well. I thought they carried the play int he first for sure and for most of the second,” said Gilligan. “That’s a team to be reckoned with.”

The Panthers, already with the lead thanks the opportunistic special teams, had their best period in terms of physicality and puck management in the third.

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