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February 25, 2013

The Second Season begins Hockey teams dream of postseason glory after finding out their playoff seedings, matchups

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Having sophomore Tim Biarelli (14 wins, 0.77 GAA, 7 shutouts) between the pipes helps. So do defensemen Matt Hamor, Nick Albano, Sean Munzing and Jack Morency in front of him. Beverly has scored 97 goals, led by Graham Doherty’s 20 and 14 each from cousins Andrew and Connor Irving.

Beverly will face the winner of tomorrow’s showdown between a pair of squads with identical 10-6-4 records as eighth-seeded Danvers meets No. 9 Somerville at Salem State (7 p.m.). Beverly and Danvers met twice this winter, with the Panthers winning both games (3-0 and 4-2).

“They won the (Greater Boston League) title, were undefeated (5-0-1) in league play and are a tournament-tested team,” Danvers head coach Kevin Brown said of Somerville. “They’ve scored some goals this season (70) and are going to be physical to play against.”

Coming off of a much-needed win in its regular season finale over Triton, the Falcons want to build off of that momentum and do many of the same things tomorrow that led to that success, such as making plays off the forecheck and continuing to limit shots against.

Only 40 goals have been scored against the Oniontowners this winter, as first-year starting goalie Alex Taylor (10 wins, 1.96 GAA, 3 shutouts) has been a gem. Kevin Anderson, Mike Disciullo, Shea Doyle and Stephen Ganley are the four bedrocks in front of him defensively, while seniors A.J. Couto (18) and captain Joe Strangie (12) have scored more than half of Danvers’ 59 goals.

In Division 3 North, Marblehead (17-5) looks to put last Friday’s 5-1 loss to Beverly behind them and focus on what allowed them to be successful all season.

“We told the players after the game to leave it in the locker room and move forward. You can’t change it,” said Bobby Jackson, the Headers’ veteran coach. “We did a lot of things right this season; now it’s just time to refocus, stay sharp and be ready to play once the games start.”

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