Junior Tommy Koopman tied it up for Marblehead with 2:54 to play after curling off the far wall and scoring 5-hole on Danvers sophomore Adam Taylor. One of his freshman twin brothers, second line center Matt Koopman, earned his first varsity point with an assist on the play (as did Cam Rowe).
But Danvers wasn’t finished. Captain Joe Strangie set up shop in front of Barry, took a slick behind-the-crease feed from A.J. Couto (2 goals, assist) and one-timed the puck home with 1:06 remaining for the game-winning goal.
“We came unraveled a bit in the third period,” admitted Marblehead head coach Bobby Jackson after his team dropped its season opener. “The things we talked about in the preseason came back to haunt us — especially being undisciplined in our defensive end, which is uncommon for us.
“Give Danvers credit; they go hard for 45 minutes and will never change that philosophy. Plus, this was the first time (including the preseason) we played against an offense that sustained a lot of shots. What we need to do defensively is talk; you can’t play this game quiet. You have to be constantly communicating on the ice.”
Honing his game by skating for the Valley Jr. Warriors and working out at Impact Athletics in Danvers during the offseason, Disciullo said time-wide stamina and fitness paid off handsomely in the third period Saturday.
“We knew what we had to do between (the 2nd and 3rd) periods,” he said. “The game was in our hands; we just had to do our thing and keep going. I know I felt stronger as the game went on.”
Senior Joe Newall of the Headers had the game’s only goal through two periods, taking a feed from junior linemates Dean Fader and Erik Powers and burying a shot 5-hole from down the right wing boards midway through the second period. Danvers tied it early in the second on the first of Couto’s two scores; he also scored the final goal of the contest on an empty netter with 26 seconds remaining.
Starting his second straight game in goal, Taylor finished with 20 saves for the Falcons.