There’s a mantra that Gino Faia has often repeated to his Swamspcott High hockey team: the most important points of any game are the two for a victory.
While that hasn’t changed during his 13 seasons behind the Big Blue bench, some victories are more memorable than others.
That was the case last night as Swampscott gave Faia his 100th career victory with a 6-1 triumph over host Salem at the Rockett Arena.
Senior captain and defenseman Trevor Massey returned after missing several games due to injury and scored two goals and added an assist. Freshman forward Noah Maercklein also had a pair of goals and an assist while senior D-man Chris Carman dished out three assists for Swampscott (12-5).
“I never said anything to the players, but they all knew about it,” said Faia, a 1982 Swampscott High graduate who has coached more seasons and has more wins than any hockey coach in school history. “To get this win is really nice, but I’m happier that we played well, especially by scoring four goals in the third period.”
Griffin Hunt and Joe Silva also scored for the winners while freshman Tristan Bradley stopped 11 of 12 shots in net.
For Salem (4-10-3), Sam Petri had an unassisted goal in the final period. Ben Kippen, Jared Blyer and goaltender Brett Harring also had strong games for the Witches.
danvers 52, lynnfield 34: The Falcons let what was almost a 20-point second half lead slip to just five early in the fourth quarter, but rebounded on the road to improve to 12-6 overall. Strong efforts from Emily McNulty (10 points), Kasey Sherry (16 points, including four 3-pointers), Sarah Potter (seven points) and Delaney Zecha (seven assists, five points and five steals) paved the way.
PLYMOUTH STATE 3, SALEM STATE 0: The Vikings (10-11-1) were swept in their three-game season series by Plymouth State after getting blanked on the road last night. Goaltender Ryan Sutliffe had 25 saves for Salem State, which fell to 7-7-1 in MASCAC play.