PEABODY — It would’ve been hard to ask for much more in a season-opening game.
Dominating in all three zones, Danvers scored three goals in the middle frame while holding host Lynnfield to a grand total of six shots on goal to easily win their season opener, 4-0, last night at the newly refurbished McVann-O’Keefe Rink.
The defending Northeastern Conference Large champion Falcons went 2-for-3 on the power play as senior left wing A.J. Couto tallied both man-up scores and assisted an even strength marker.
Junior center Trevor Daly ripped the twine for his first varsity marker and senior right wing Adam Merry — who opted for Junior hockey the last two years — netted his first Danvers High goal.
Sophomore goalie Alex Taylor earned a goose egg in his first varsity start.
“We definitely wanted to make a statement,” said Couto, “knowing that we were the only game going on (locally) and a lot of other teams would be here watching us. We know we’ll have a bull’s-eye on our backs all season, so we wanted to show other teams what we can do.”
The goals for Daly and Merry were the first of their respective Falcon careers. “We’ll be giving out a lot of game pucks for firsts tonight,” said head coach Kevin Brown.
With just five varsity regulars back for new head coach John Gardner, Lynnfield skated well but couldn’t put any sustained pressure on Danvers. The Pioneers had just one shot in each of the first two periods before getting four off over the final 15 minutes of play. They also didn’t produce a single shot on goal in any of their three power play opportunities.
After both teams worked out the early-game jitters, Danvers started to establish itself physically, generating several good scoring chances as the first period wore on. They finally broke through 2:28 into the second period when Daly grabbed a Tyler Dustin pass and beat Lynnfield goalie Joe Bossi 5-hole on a wraparound.