“We’ve got to play better; you can’t be satisfied with 41 shots if 41 shots doesn’t get you what you want. It’s consistency, having all nine forwards, six defenseman and goalie on the same page at the same time. And it’s not just about consistency and fighting through adversity; we’ve got to be more tenacious and dictate the game, not let (the opponent) dictate it.”
Captain Matt McIsaac’s first period goal, created by some terrific forechecking by linemates Andrew Bisconti and Mike Vadala, was the only score through 30 minutes of play. Danvers peppered Powers with shots, but he was up to the task.
Finally, on the Falcons’ 34th shot, captain Rob Buchanan tied the score after flying down the left wing, cutting towards the Peabody net and sliding a smooth backhand into the cage.
Undeterred, the Tanners came right back and re-took the lead when Bisconti found Ruotolo at the right point. The co-captain flung a wrister through traffic and over goalie Alex Taylor’s (17 saves) right shoulder. Reed Foster’s empty net goal with 13 seconds left iced it for the Tanner City boys.
“All three captains stepped up,” said Leonard. “Matty got us going with that first goal, Pat had a great game and got the winner, and Joe was unbelievable in goal. And Biscuits (Bisconti), we’ve gotten a lot better because of him. He throws his body all over the place; he makes us tougher and grittier.”