Besides, when the Big Blue are playing well in their own end it usually translates to good offensive opportunities.
Senior captains Chris Carman and Trevor Massey are the anchors at the blue line and will need to have exceptional games for the Big Blue train to keep on rolling. Seniors Patrick Burkett and Chris Dandreo give Swampscott an experienced group on the back line.
“That’s where our game starts,” Faia said referring to his defense. “We have four seniors. We want to work the defensive zone first and our offense has always come off of our good defensive play. We’re hoping to continue that same style of play.”
Freshman Tristan Bradley has been starting in goal for Swampscott for the majority of games in the second half of the season. He’s played extremely well come playoff time and has shown the confidence level of a much older player. He is 12-2-0 with a 1.53 goals against average with three shutouts in 14 starts.
The guys looking to put the puck in the net are led by seniors Corey Carmody (22 goals and nine assists) and Robert Serino (five goals and 13 assists). Carmody has been particularly deadly since the start of the playoffs and has six goals and one assist so far this postseason.
The Big Blue group is deep in experience with eight seniors all fighting to play high school hockey for another day. Forwards Tyler
Peterson and Jake Finlay are also seniors on the team along with third string netminder Alex Powell.
Swampscott hadn’t won a playoff game in 44 years before this season and now stands one win away from being Div. 3 North champions.
“It’s definitely new territory for us but the guys are playing well and practicing well. We’re excited about everything we’ve done this year and we’re hoping to keep this thing going,” said Faia. “This is a good senior, core group we have. They have definitely deserved everything they’ve gotten this year.”