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May 8, 2013

Maselek, Marblehead stymie Tanners

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Tyrrell and Maag are two of Marblehead’s biggest scoring threats, but Dean Fader picked up the slack against Peabody, recording four goals and dishing out one assist.

Brad Knittle added two goals and an assist and Trevor Jones scored a pair of goals.

“I thought we did a great job on faceoffs and Dean Fader did a great job at attack in the first half just on sheer hustle and wanting the ball,” Wilkens said. “Our defense looked good today and I thought everyone played as a cohesive unit. We gotta work on some basics, like ground balls. We got a little tired at the end and it kind of looked like a field hockey game out there.”

Peabody, which got assists from Nick Ouellette, Josh Fiore and Erik Hennessey, slipped to 8-5, still needing two wins to qualify for the postseason.

The road will not be easy with Swampscott on Thursday and games remaining against North Andover, Danvers, Chelmsford, North Reading and Salem.

It wasn’t easy for the Tanners to have to play NEC front-runners Beverly and Marblehead in back-to-back games either, but O’Donnell was pleased with the way his team responded after a sluggish loss (16-4) against the Panthers.

“I was afraid. Beverly was a really poor outing for us and what was disappointing was some of the times the kids had given up running back to the hole. Today we didn’t. We had a meeting and told the kids to let the Beverly game go. That was our one bad one. If we dwelled on that one the rest of the season would go in the tank,” O’Donnell said.

“We’ve been saying all along that making the tournament isn’t a goal, it’s an expectation. They won’t let it go by without making an effort.”

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