Couto’s first power play marker came three-and-a-half minutes later, with Merry and captain Joe Strangie assisting. Playing down low, he grabbed a loose puck and drew it back ever so slightly before beating Bossi low along the ice.
Merry finished off a pretty 2-on-1 breakaway before the period was over to make it 3-0 and put the Falcons in complete control.
“We played hard at the end of the first period, and that set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Brown. “We really played well in that second period; that first line was really clicking and communicating.”
Couto, playing on that top line with Strangie and Merry, scored his second tally with 11:26 to play when he tipped captain Rob Buchanan’s right point shot perfectly through Bossi’s pads on the man advantage.
“I try to angle my tips where I think I’ll have the best chance (to score),” said the 17-year-old Couto, who is hoping to play college baseball at either Southern Maine, Salem State or Endicott. “(Bossi) was standing up tall a lot, so I tried to go 5-hole with the tip and it worked.”
Senior defenseman Kevin Anderson had fine first game of the season, blocking pucks and helping to jump start the Danvers offense.