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.