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February 26, 2013

The Blue Line Report: Analyzing the local final five

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Goalies: Harrison Young (9-2, 1.18 GAA, .936 save pct., 4 shutouts) & Myles Barry (8-3, 1.66 GAA, .905 save pct., 3 shutouts)

Potential postseason breakout hero: Lot of good choices here, but let’s go with Cam Rowe. Senior who is playing defense for the first time this season weighs just 148 pounds but throws his body around like he’s Bruins’ bruiser Adam McQuaid; he’s never afraid to sacrifice himself for the good of the team.

They’re at their best when: They challenge opposing puck carriers, eliminate time and space and cause turnovers — they capitalize at the other end of the ice.

X-Factor: Nine different Headers were members of the 2010-11 squad that won the program its first state championship.

Analysis: Let’s cut to the chase: Marblehead is the favorite to win Divsion 3 North. The Headers have plenty of size (their top line weighs a combined 625 lbs.), speed, depth and two excellent goaltenders (and they may continue their season-long rotation in net). Could another skate on the Garden ice be on tap?

SWAMPSCOTT BIG BLUE

Record/Seeding: 15-5, No. 3 seed in Division 3 North

Goal differential: +41 (77 goals for, 36 against)

Forward lines: LW Corey Carmody (14-8-22)-C Nuznio Morretti (13-11-24)-RW Noah Maercklein (9-11-20); LW Robert Serino (6-11-17)-C Griffin Hunt (7-1-8)-RW Ryan Cresta (7-8-15); LW Tyler Peterson (1-3-4)-C Joey Silva (5-5-10)-RW Devon Wall (2-1-3).

Defense pairs: Trevor Massey (4-18-22) & Chris Carman (8-12-20); Patrick Burkett (1-4-5) & Chris Dandreo (0-6-6)

Goalie: Tristan Bradley (10-2, 1.68 GAA, .913 save pct., 3 shutouts)

Potential postseason breakout hero: Griffin Hunt. A strong, physical junior, Hunthas all the tools and potential to be a dominant player with his speed and smarts.

They’re at their best when: They attack pucks all over the ice, defend well and win battles. It all starts with defense for Swampscott; the offense is generated from there.

X-Factor: Forty-four years without a playoff win. Could it be anything else?

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