Captain Kevin Hodgkins bagged his first goal of the season with what proved to be the game-winning goal, snapping a shot from the near circle that seemed to catch Markelov by surprise as it sailed over his glove 2:10 into the first period.
Sophomore Sean Lundergan added his first career goal for the Falcons — and it was a beauty. A shorthanded tally, he broke in 2-on-1 with teammate Kyle Cahill on Highlanders’ backup goalie Tim Megnia, took a pass from Cahill in the right slot and ripped a high backhand in the opposite corner of the net, giving Danvers a 7-1 lead late in the second period.
“Our focus leading up to the game was important. Credit the kids for being ready,” said Danvers head coach Kevin Brown.
Center Adam Merry, a senior, added two goals for the winners while Matt Flynn had two assists and Kevin Anderson, Jon Milne, Trevor Daly, Jay Calcagno and Cahill each had one. Alex Taylor stopped seven shots for his 11th win in goal.
Now it’s a Friday night matchup with their biggest hockey rivals from neighboring Beverly.
“We’ll be ready,” said Buchanan, whose traditional playoff mohawk was done by teammate Alec Littlefield (Couto’s, which had an arrow shaved into the top of it, was done by Strangie). “We like playing as the underdogs.”
“We’ve never beaten Beverly since I’ve been here,” noted Couto, “so to do it in the tourney would be even better.”
“Beverly’s the favorites and they deserve to be. They’ve dominated all season long,” added Brown. “But it’s a chance for our guys to step up. When you face the top dog, it’s a great opportunity.”
agateHed:Danvers 9, Somerville 1
agateText:Division 2 North first round
at Rockett Arena, Salem State
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