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March 4, 2013

Cursed no more: Swampscott hockey ends 44-year playoff drought (with Photo Slideshow)

STONEHAM — Forty-four years without a playoff victory was rectified in a little more than 25 minutes Saturday afternoon.

The Swampscott High hockey team made sure that dubious streak was put to rest for good, scoring five times in the first period and three more in the second stanza to give the school its first posteason victory on ice since February 1969 by defeating St. Joseph Prep in dominant fashion, 10-1.

“Everyone was focused on ending it this season,” said 17-year-old left wing Corey Carmody, who netted his second hat trick of the season Saturday, giving him a team-high 17 goals. “Everything felt really good in this one; we worked really hard off the forecheck and generated a lot of scoring chances from it.”

In improving to 16-5 on the season, third-seeded Swampscott set a new school record for most wins in a single season.

In addition to Carmody’s three snipes, fellow captain Trevor Massey had two from his spot on defense while Joey Silva, Devon Wall, Chris Carman, Nunzio Morretti and Tyler Peterson also ripped the twine.

Morretti, a junior center who leads the Big Blue in scoring with 28 points, added three assists Saturday. Freshman Noah Maercklein also had a trio of apples while Robert Serino finished with two. Stevie Dandreo and freshman Peter Doyle had their first points of the season, assisting on Peterson’s third period goal.

“It’s big for us. Our guys came out flying and were ready to play,” said Swampscott head coach Gino Faia, whose squad pelted St. Joseph (10-7-3) goalie George Wells with 55 shots, including 28 in the second period.

“We moved the puck well, our forecheck was working and we used our speed to our advantage. We knew they had a good goalie, so we stressed that everything was a shot and to crash the net.”

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