, Salem, MA


December 12, 2012

The Blue Line Report: The Magical Mystery Tour

Let the lads from Liverpool give our local teams a lift this season

Among the many things I’ve discovered in this lifetime, two of the most poignant are:

1.) If you say you love sports but you don’t love hockey, then I’m not sure I trust your judgment.

2.) If you say you love music but you don’t love The Beatles, then I really don’t trust your judgment at all.

Like root beer and vanilla ice cream, they’re two things you wouldn’t think would go great together, but actually sync with one another perfectly. The music of The Beatles is timeless, classic, poignant and resonates with people from 2 to 102; hockey, too, carries those same tendencies while providing a sensory explosion for the eyes and ears.

I’m not sure if John, Paul, George or Ringo ever put on the blades — but who cares? Let’s mesh them together here and give each of our 10 high school hockey teams in The Salem News’ coverage area a Beatles classic to call their own for the 2012-13 season (teams listed in alphabetical order):

Beverly Panthers

”Come Together”

Pretty self-explanatory here. All the pieces are in place for a memorable season; it’s up to the Panthers and their ability to play as one focused unit to follow through on that task. With talent galore — up front with Ryan Santo, Kevin Lally, Jake Straw and the Irving cousins, captains Andrew and Connor; stalwarts Matt Hamor, Jack Morency, Sean Munzing and Nick Albano back on defense; and underrated sophomore star Tim Biarelli in goal — Beverly controls its own destiny if it can, indeed, come together. Right now.

Bishop Fenwick Crusaders

”It’s Getting Better”

It’s no secret that the Crusaders took their lumps a year ago jumping into the deep, unforgiving waters of Division 1 high school hockey. But with a year under their belts and a solid core of returning veterans (goalie Pat O’Leary; defensemen Jake Brennan, Mark Todisco and P.J. Usalis; and forwards Drew Thibodeau, Nick Finan, Brian Corcoran, Mike Napolitano, Chris Carney, Brian Bassett and Nick Coccoluto), things are looking much better on Margin Street. Monday’s season-opening, third-period comeback win over Austin Prep could be just the start.

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