, Salem, MA


December 20, 2012

Hockey: Danvers outlasts Gloucester with three third period goals


The Falcons broke into the scoring column with 51 second to play in the first periods when Strangie jarred the puck away from the boards and found Merry in the slot who finished the job giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead after the first.

The teams went into the third period knotted at 1-1 and with the Falcons holding a slim 17-14 shot advantage. But it was all Danvers in the final frame.

Just 1:25 into the third Rob Buchanan broke the 1-1 tie with a blast from the face-off dot.

“Rob has a great shot, one of the better shooters in the league and it was great to see him get on the board with a nice play tonight,” Brown said.

Danvers picked up what turned out to be the game winner 5:08 into the period when Strangie and Merry worked a 2-on-1. Merry hit Strangie for the goal and a 3-1 Falcons lead.

The Falcons would continue to see the better of the play in the third looking like the fresher team as the minutes ticked off the clock. But Gloucester was able to put one last scare into them with 5:11 left when freshman Alex Enes broke in behind the Falcons defense for a power play goal making it 3-2.

Danvers, however, put the game away just under 90 second later when Couto broke in all alone after a Gloucester turnover to cap the scoring at 4-2.

“(The first line) is a line with talent obviously,” Brown said. “It was a good effort from them tonight.”

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