If you skate well and have good hands, your team is going to find a place for you in a scoring role. Witness: Masconomet senior Anthony Anzalone, used in a checker’s role for much of the season but who has produced lately when he’s had his chances. He’s doubled his season point total over the last two games with two goals and a like number of assists and is a player the Chieftains can use when there’s an offensive zone faceoff.
It should come as no surprise that the three North Shore teams with the best records — Beverly, St. John’s Prep and Marblehead — also have, by far, the best team save percentages in the area. A huge barometer of how well a team will fare in the playoffs, the NEC champion Panthers went into last night’s game in Winthrop with a .930 save percentage. The Eagles of St. John’s Prep took a .928 save percentage into last night’s game with St. John’s Shrewsbury, and Marblehead has a .926 save percentage through 20 games.
The Blue Line Report, a column on North Shore high school hockey, appears each Wednesday during the winter season in The Salem News. Contact Sports Editor Phil Stacey at email@example.com or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.