Salem did a good job of passing in the neutral zone to set up its first two goals.
“We worked on that specifically in practice this week. (The Big Blue) hang a guy and play for offensive chances, so we had a couple of practices with that in mind,” noted Hanley.
“Danny is our guy. We’d like to see him get going because he can put the puck in the net. He’s one of our top offensive guys.”
Adam Ngo made it 3-0 when he banged home a rebound after a strong rush by Petri, who showed great patience holding the puck down the right side until he got to the goal line. Petri fired the puck toward the goal, where it deflected off Swampscott goalie Tyler Gallagher and right to Ngo, who pounced on the opportunity.
The Big Blue scored just minutes later to break the shutout when Mike Johnson found fellow freshman Louis Olivieri for a one-timer in the slot. It was the only shot to beat Harring (33 saves in all), who made a handful of big stops on the penalty kill.
As a unit, the Witches were perfect on the penalty kill and have become a strong team when down a man.
Salem will need to continue to play its best hockey now that a .500 record is just within the Witches’ grasp.
“We’re hoping to go 2-0 this week to even up our record. We’ve got Revere again (this Saturday) and we have to play our game,” explained Hanley. “Our second half schedule is not that bad. I think we can gobble up some points.”