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.”