, Salem, MA


January 15, 2013

St. John's Prep hockey flexes its muscles, blanks Tanners


“I thought our kids played well. Sometimes when you come into a game knowing what you did before, you tend to think you’re in for an easy time. That didn’t happen, and we hit a lot of posts (eight for the game), with shots that were labeled for corners. I’m pleased because they did what we asked and stuck to the system. I thought the Peabody guys played well, too. They’re young, while we have a lot of seniors.”

Pinho set up fellow senior Nic Gianelli and junior wing James Currier in the middle period before Osbahr collected his second goal of the game (and the season) on a wicked shot into the far corner of the net that Ferrante had no chance to stop. Senior left wing Cam Shaheen added an unassisted goal.

St. John’s (6-2) used five lines and had a dozen players figure in the scoring. Backup goalies Doug Legere of Peabody and Anthony Selvitella of Topsfield split duties in net. The Eagles were coming off a big win over Catholic Memorial and have two more important games ahead at Xaverian tomorrow night and Austin Prep on Saturday.

Peabody’s leading scorer, Derek DeMild, was called for a major penalty for hitting from behind late in the period that carried over into the final frame, and the Eagles capitalized with power play goals by Bird and sophomore Ted McNamara. Unfortunately for the Tanners, the referee also gave DeMild a two-game suspension, which means he’ll be out for his team’s next two games against Marblehead and Lincoln-Sudbury.

“That was the big negative to come out of this game,” Leonard said. “It’s a tough break, but we’ll fight through it. We’ll find a way to manage without him even though it won’t be easy.”

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