Tied 2-2 after two stanzas, most in the crowd figured Beverly would come out blazing and retake the lead. But instead it was Peabody that sent their momentum through the roof when Bisconti buried a 2-on-1 rush out front. A little less than five minutes later, Carney made it 4-2 when he knocked a loose puck home at Mitchell’s glove side. Reed Foster and defenseman Cam Smullen assisted on the play.
Beverly pulled Mitchell with two minutes to go before the Tanners got the next faceoff and Eric Hennessey slid an empty-netter into the Panthers’ cage from center ice.
“For Matt (McIsaac) and the seniors, what a way for them to go out (at home),” Bisconti said. “And for us juniors and the younger guys, what a shot of momentum this is for us heading into next year.”
Added McIsaac, “The seniors set three goals before the season began: beat Winthrop, Beverly and Danvers. We’ve done two — and we’ve got Danvers (tomorrow at the Newburyport Bank Classic). We just hope we can keep it going.”
WHAT IS THE CARLIN CUP? The Carlin Cup is played each year at the McVann-O'Keefe Rink in Peabody to honor the man who began Peabody High School hockey back in 1947, Charlie Carlin. The uncle of Peabody assistant coach Bo Tierney, Carlin coached the Tanners from 1947-72, led them to 17 winning seasons and a North Shore Hockey League title in 1952. (Carlin also helped start the NSHL). The game itself, first played in 1987, is held at the end of the season. Peabody played neighboring rival Bishop Fenwick (coached during that time by Tierney) for the first 24 years of the Carlin Cup; the Tanners won the last 10 meetings in a row and held a 13-11 edge in the series. In 2012, Peabody started a new tradition against Northeastern Conference rival Beverly High; they have now split their first two meetings. Carlin's daughter, Janet, presents the Cup to the winning team at the end of the game each year.