PEABODY — Heading into the third period Peabody was clinging to a one goal lead, but quickly saw it evaporate when Concord-Carlisle scored four unanswered en route to a 6-4 victory at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink.
“When we have a lead in our home building you’d like to think we could do a little better,” said Tanner coach Mark Leonard after his team dropped to 1-2-1 with the loss. “We were coming off a big win (over Newton North), and wanted to keep it going, but we got outworked. We didn’t get many breaks, but you make your own. The bottom line is this was not our best game. They put a lot of shots on net, and we did not handle it well.”
The visitors cashed in on two power play opportunities early in the third period and also had a short handed tally in the middle frame. The Patriots tied it up at 3-3 just 2:40 into the final 15 minutes on Nick Brozowski’s tip in, and 50 seconds later added the go-ahead goal on similar play when Matt Johnson redirected Brozowski’s shot past Tanner goalie Joe Powers.
“Special teams killed us,” said Leonard. “That short handed goal came right off a faceoff. We had a lot of breakdowns today on faceoffs, and it’s something we had talked about in practice. That’s disappointing and we have to work on it, but don’t have much time because we’ve got a big game against Danvers (tomorrow).”
The Tanners were completely outplayed in the opening period when Powers faced 17 shots and made some big saves, but after one the game was tied 1-1. Patrick McCauley put CC on the board first on a shot from a tough angle along the boards near the right faceoff circle.
Peabody answered back just over a minute later when junior forward Andrew Bisconti beat goalie Ranger Beguelin after taking a nice pass from senior captain Pat Ruotolo, who figured in all four goals.
Peabody came out fired up in the second period, and was able to cut down the number of shots by CC to six. The Patriots pulled ahead on Brendan Finegan’s short-handed goal, but Peabody responded with goals by Mike Vadala and Matt McIsaac to take a 3-2 lead. Vadala had a pair of goals and just missed a hat trick when he rang one off the crossbar on a power play opportunity.
The first line of Vadala, McIsaac, and Derek DeMild accounted for three of Peabody’s four goals. McIsaac’s blast from the blue line beat Beguelin cleanly with 56 seconds remaining in the second period to stake his team to a one goal lead.
“You lose confidence when a team scores a lucky goal like that in the final minute of a period,” said Patriot coach Kevin Harrington (3-2-1). “We won this game because we didn’t get down, but responded in the third period. I thought we really did a nice job seeing how to get past their defense.
“Peabody did a really nice job keeping pucks away from the middle, especially in that first period. I’m a firm believer if you put enough pucks on the net some will go in. We had some pretty goals, but also got what I’ve coined “greasy goals”. Our power play has been terrible all year so it’s great to get it going.”
The Tanners head into 2013 with the loss, though there was plenty to build on in terms of the offensive production.
“We’re a young team, and we have to keep working,” said Leonard. “This is disappointing, especially coming off a nice win and a couple of good practices. I expected more today, but we’ll go back to work and fix the things we need to.”
Concord-Carlisle 6, Peabody 4
at McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody
Concord-Carlisle: 1 1 4 — 6
Peabody: 1 2 1 — 4
First period: CC, Patrick McCauley (Un), 12:02; P, Andrew Bisconti (Pat Ruotolo, Erik Hennessey), 13:06
Second Period: CC, Brendan Finegan (Clay Truessell), shg, 4:50; P, Mike Vadala (Derek DeMild, Ruotolo), 8:00; P, Matt McIsaac (Routolo), 14:04
Third period: CC, Nick Brozowski (Brandon Harrington), ppg, 2:40; CC, Matt Johnson (Brozowski), ppg, 3:30; CC, Charlie Canty (Un), 7:35; CC, Johnson (Un), 9:58; P, Vadala (DeMild, Ruotolo), 12:05
Saves: CC, Ranger Beguelin 21; P, Joe Powers 23, Stephen Ferrante 0
Records: CC, 3-2-1; P, 1-2-1