SALEM — Mike Disciullo gained valuable experience playing a regular shift on defense as a freshman last winter, but knew he’d be asked to step up his game considerably this season.
So the Danvers High blue liner put in the required work in the offseason — and the results are showing themselves, both on and off the ice.
“I knew I’d be playing a bigger role and that I had to get stronger this year. I feel like I’ve been able to do that,” said Disciullo, who had one of his team’s four third period goals Saturday as the Falcons doubled up a talented Marblehead squad, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the Rockett Arena.
Physically bigger and stronger than he was at this time last year, Disciullo’s first varsity goal was a beauty. With the game tied at 1-1 and half a period to play, he pinched into the Marblehead zone and had a golden scoring chance denied in the crease by a spectacular Myles Barry (22 saves) pad stop.
But Disciullo didn’t give up on the play. After a scramble out front, the puck popped back out to him in the slot and this time he connected, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
“The goal was great, but honestly it’s even better to win a game like this,” said the 15-year-old sophomore, who also plays on Danvers’ top power play and penalty killing units. “I knew we had to get on the board there and it’s up to me to step it up. So when I saw my chance (offensively), I took it.”
“You’ve got to take aggressive chances at times, and that was one of those times,” echoed Danvers head coach Kevin Brown of Discillo’s goal. “Mike may be a sophomore, but he doesn’t play like one; he’s a guy we’ll rely on all season. He’s good on his skates, has good balance and is smart with the puck. We want guys like that taking those aggressive chances.”