“(Beverly’s) a real good team. They’ll kill you with all the snipers they have, and they have a half-dozen guys who see the play real well. They had a lot of 3-on-2’s and got the puck back to their trailer. Thankfully Miles had his best game of the season; if not for him we might’ve lost 10-3.”
The Headers jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on goals from senior captain Tom Koopman (on a feed from his brother Matt) and Erik Fader (from Dean Fader). Doherty scored with 30 seconds left in the first period to slice his team’s deficit in half, then tied it up with a power play rip at 4:57 of the second.
Marblehead didn’t have a shot on goal in the middle stanza until there was 1:45 remaining — but that shot gave them a 3-2 lead as defenseman Dan Gienieczko’s wrister from the right point was tipped in out front by Haley.
“We talked to our guys about staying composed and that’s what they did,” said Beverly head coach Bob Gilligan. “We had dominated that second period and were able to get the puck down low and kept skating to get their defensemen tired. If we could keep that up in the third period, we knew we’d be all right.”
MacLaughlin tied it up for Beverly with under 10 minutes to go, taking a feed from defenseman Sean Munzing and scoring on a high wrister from the circle. A shade under six minutes later, Santo won it for the Panthers.