It was the third win in as many tries this winter for Beverly over Marblehead (10-5). The Panthers have not lost a game at Salem State in more than two seasons.
“Every time we’ve played them in my four years here it’s been a great game,” Beverly senior center Graham Doherty, who scored his 13th and 14th goals last night, said of the Headers. “They came in ready for a fight and we had to respond, especially after they went ahead (2-0) so early. We worked to stay positive and just chipped away little by little at their lead. We felt confident that if we stuck with our style, we’d be able to wear them down.”
The Panthers used their checking line of center Kevin Lally and wings Jake Straw and J.J. Bachini on Marblehead’s big line of Tom Koopman, Matt Koopman and Braden Haley. Lally was assigned the job of shadowing Matt Koopman, the dangerous sophomore playmaker, and did his job well by limiting the sophomore’s chances and maneuverability in open space.
Marblehead, whose only losses this season have come to Beverly (3 times) and Winthrop (twice), has scored 10 goals against the Panthers this winter; that’s half of the total goals the Orange-and-Black have surrendered in 15 games. They also got a monster effort from Barry, the senior who was spectacular in making a career-high 37 saves.
But still, moral victories weren’t what they were looking for.
“We’ve been trying to work on our mental toughness. We tended to tighten up a bit (as Beverly came back from that early 2-goal deficit) and it had a domino effect on us,” said Marblehead coach Bob Jackson. “We’re not mentally where we need to be ... (and) that’s the fewest shots we’ve had against anybody in a long, long time.