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March 7, 2013

Big Blue, Biggest win: Swampscott hockey headed to North final (With Photo Slideshow)

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It was a sweet victory for Swampscott, but it wasn’t easy.

Marblehead (18-6-0) controlled play for most of the first two periods, but managed only one goal when Tom Koopman finished a pass from Ian Maag late in the first period.

The Headers’ goal could have been crushing for the Big Blue. Swampscott’s Nunzio Morretti had a goal waved off a little more than a minute into the game due to the net being dislodged.

“That was really tough, but we knew that’s not going to impact the game. We couldn’t let it impact the game,” Carmody said. “We just knew that we had to keep working because we knew we could take it.”

Swampscott tied the score when Noah Maercklein jammed home a rebound 8:56 into the second period, with assists going to Carmody and Morretti.

“We knew that (goal) was going to give us a boost going into the third period,” Carmody said. “We were ready to go. We were excited. We knew that we’ve been playing well and we could take them if we kept playing our game.”

Swampscott faced a lot of pressure from Marblehead, but the defense did its job, backboned by freshman goalie Tristan Bradley and his 24 saves.

“I think the more shots he saw, the more confidence he got,” Marblehead coach Bob Jackson said. “A couple other games I’ve seen him play and he didn’t get a lot of shots and you can get lazy then, and sometimes get a little tentative. We thought we had to get on him early. It didn’t happen.”

Carmody scored the winner when he pounced on a loose puck just inside the Marblehead blue line, skated in alone, deked left and went to his backhand to tuck the puck inside the far post.

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