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January 30, 2014

Wednesday's area roundup: Cross returns, helps Beverly hold off Malden in OT

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Ipswich 58, Saugus 38: The Tigers (5-7) snapped a five-game skid thanks to a monster 22-point effort from Jenna Gagnon, who drove to the basket with great success as well as a 14-point performance from Nikki Pignone who made her first start of the season.

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BISHOP FENWICK 6, ST. BERNARDS 2: Freshman Greg McGunigle scored his first two varsity goals, including one just nine seconds into the game, as Fewnick (2-11) rolled to its first home win of the season. Sophomore Matt Townsend also had his first two tallies of the season while captains Nick Finan and Brian Corcoran also lit the lamp for the winners. Rob Murphy had a pair of assists while Bobby Lombardi stopped 14 shots in the win.

Salem 5, Swampscott 3: Danny Heck had a pair of goals and the Witches scored four unanswered goals to improve to 5-5-2. Brett Harring stopped 28 shots in the win while Derek Zwiercan, Eli Spector and Jake Quarles also had goals. Eamon Williamson, Sam Petri, Cam Toomey, Matt Jalbert and Killian Fitzpatrick all had assists in the win.

For Swampscott (3-11-1), Ryan Donnelly had a goal and an assist while Griffin Hunt and Mike Johnson also scored. Freshman Zach Turner saw his first varsity action in goal in the third period, stopping all the shots he faced.

MASCONOMET 4, NEWBURYPORT 1: Senior Mitch Nekoroski stood on his head, making 33 saves to propel the Chieftains (7-3-2) to a season sweep of the Clippers. Joe Griffin, Nick Aleckna (the game-winner), Jake Giacchino and Jeff Panella had the goals for Masconomet, which scored twice in both the first and third periods.

Peabody 2, Danvers 2: Goals by Andrew Bisconti and Chris Gillen helped the Tanners take a 2-1 lead, but Danvers captain Kevin Hodgkins scored a power play goal with 8:14 to play settle the score. Robert Tibbetts’ first period goal gave the Falcons (6-9-1) an early lead while Alex Taylor made 28 saves and Alec Littlefield and Ryan Cassidy earned assists.Mike Vadala, Giuseppe Zarro, Bobby Caproni and Nick Merryman had assists for the Tanners (4-9-2). Stephen Ferrante stopped 16 of 18 and freshman Aaron McDonnell stopped all six shots her saw at the end of the third.

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