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December 12, 2012

The Blue Line Report: The Magical Mystery Tour

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


Masconomet Chieftains

”Carry That Weight”

OK, so the Chieftains don’t appear have an overabundance of goal scoring, and with only a half-dozen seniors on the roster, it’s evident the young guys are going to be asked to step it up. Hence: “Carry That Weight,” which begins the out-of-this-world three-song closer to conclude the brilliant “Abbey Road”(not counting the 27-second-long “Her Majesty,” stuck on at the end of the album). Goalie Matt Cardillo and forward Alec DiGiorgio, the two captains, need to carry it. So do guys used to playing big roles such as defensemen Ty Costello and Joe Griffin. Others, such as newcomers Mike Castro and Vitaly Knowles, will be expected to earn their varsity minutes with strong, smart play. Masconomet will need to use its greatest gifts — speed, defense and goaltending — and buoy those into system-generated goals at the other end of the rink.

Peabody Tanners

”I’ll be Back”

A great, sometimes forgotten tune from “A Hard Day’s Night” tells the tale of this year’s Tanners: It’s a squad you simply cannot keep down for long. After years of high-level success, they took a bit of a tumble last winter and missed the playoffs, but with 16 players returning and a plethora of potential, you’ve got to like the Tanner City kids’ chances of getting back to the Big Dance. Peabody will be tough, especially in its own end with four defensemen 6 feet or taller and captain Joe Powers kicking out shots in goal. Fellow captain Matt McIsaac can play both up front or on the back line, as needed; teammates such as Derek DeMild (a 6-foot-3, 200-pound beast on skates), captain Pat Ruotolo, Mike Vadala, Ryan Carney, Andrew Bisconti, Cam Smullen and 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior rearguard Guiseppe Zarro should all be huge difference-makers in this team’s quest to get back to the playoffs.

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