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January 17, 2013

Third period flurry helps Marblehead hockey trip up Danvers

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“That was a shame to see him get hurt; we hope he’s back soon,” Jackson said of the opponent’s top centerman. “That’s a real good Danvers team. Kevin always has them organized and ready and its a good win to beat a sound team like that.”

Franzese, a senior winger leading the area with 13 goals, continued his strong start to the season with two tallies and an assist. His first was a bar-down snipe assisted by Cam Rowe that erased Danvers’ 1-0 lead in the second, and his second was a wraparound bid that made it 3-1 in the third.

Skating alongside freshman center Matt Koopman and Newall, Franzese’s line was responsible for the Headers’ first three goals and proved difficult to contain below Danvers’ red line. Newall had two points and has been a solid addition to the trio.

“They’re working well together,” said Jackson. “Trip’s been a plus for us. He’s been working hard and has great hands with great speed.”

Danvers started each period with great energy, but eventually Marblehead turned the tide in all three frames. The Falcons attributed that to Marblehead’s physicality with big checks by the likes of Liam Gillis, Ty Bates and Zac Cuzner.

“They outhit us,” said Brown. “They were definitely the more physical team, and that did take some of our legs away.”

After a scoreless first, senior A.J. Couto gave Danvers the lead when he corralled his own rebound and flipped it into the cage. Matt Flynn and defenseman Ryan Cassidy, who had the Falcons’ biggest hit of the game in the third, earned assists on the play.

As has been their custom, however, Marblehead retook momentum later in the second, culminating in Franzese’s first goal.

“It takes us a while to get cranked up,” said Jackson. “We have peaks and valleys, and one line sets the tempo for the next. Our second and third shifts (of the period) we really get things going.”

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