Salem 6, O’Bryant 0: Sophomore right wing Jake Stahlman had a natural hat trick by scoring his team’s first three goals as the Witches won their season opener with a convincing victory at Matthews Arena in Boston.
Left wing Danny Heck, center Spencer Bergholtz and defenseman Adam Ngo also scored for Salem, while Alex Gianelli and Matt Jalbert both had two assists.
Junior goaltenders Brett Harring (12 saves) and Grant Thompson (7) shared the shutout, with Harring playing the first two periods and Thompson the last 15 minutes.
“I told the boys afterwards, ‘Drink this one in ... this is the feeling we want,” said rookie head coach Ted Hanley. “It was a great bus ride home; the way we won was really great for us.
“I needed something I could show them, to be able to say, ‘See, this is what hard work does for you.’ It was great that they were able to see it all pay off and win their first game like this.”
Swampscott 4, Rockport 1: Corey Carmody had two third period goals, including the game-winner, as the Big Blue scored three times in the final stanza to snap a 1-1 tie and prevail in their season opener. Nunzio Morretti also had a big game with a goal and an assist and Chris Carman also lit the lamp. Robert Serino chipped in with two assists, Chris Dandreo had a big game on defenseman and Tyler Gallagher stopped 17 shots for the win in net.
North Reading 1, Masconomet 0: Despite holding their opponents to a mere nine shots on goal, the Chieftains (0-2-0) were snakebitten offensively and suffered their second straight one-goal loss of the young season. The visiting Hornets scored with less than five minutes to play, spoiling a great defensive outing by Masconomet’s defensive corps. Vitaly Knowles and Trevor Surette also had strong games while Mike Castro was dominant in the faceoff dot for the Chieftains. Captain Matt Cardillo stood tall in goal for Masconomet, making 25 saves.