“He (Stahlman) had a very good game. Actually, the whole Salem team did,” noted O’Bryant skipper Joseph Natola. “For a program that is starting to try and come back, they were excellent. They treated our guys really good.”
O’Bryant netminder Ryan McGahey made 28 saves through two periods including a spectacular glove save in the second period. The Salem back up, Grant Thompson, got the start. While he only had nine saves, the junior showed his ability to cover the low parts of the net in the first period before making a breakaway stop right before the break.
O’Bryant did score in the third period when Jonathan Hoang one-timed a great feed from Dom Gates. But outside of the one goal, the Salem defense was on point in front of Thompson. It was a full three periods of hockey for the Witches, who seem to be gaining momentum at the right time of the season. With Everett on Saturday, Salem is looking for its second straight win and third straight without a loss.
“We’re on a little roll here” said Hanley. “This is first time we’ve talked about possibly getting 20 points. We’re at nine or 10 right now. If we can put something together in Everett I think the boys are going to start to feel it.”
Jared Blyer, Eli Spector and Jake Batista also had goals for the Witches.