“The bottom line is we need to be able to finish off games. Yes, we took two points away from this, but we have to understand that we can always be better and strive to be more well rounded.”
Still, Danvers was satisfied to honor Clifford with another win over their rivals.
“But it’s great to be able to win the Clifford Trophy again,” added Brown. “Mike’s daughter Kelly and the committee do an awful lot of work between this, the golf tournament in his name and the scholarship that’s given to a player from both teams. It’s an honor to be able to keep the trphy another year.”
Sophomore Alex Taylor got the win in net for Danvers, stopping 16 shots for his fourth victory of the season. His counterpart, Peabody captain Joe Powers, was busy again in the Tanner nets, stopping 26 shots — including more than half of those (16) coming in the second period.
Danvers junior Matt Flynn got the scoring started when he took a pretty feed out front and beat Powers with a high wrist shot at 6:47 of the opening period. Defenseman Alec Littlefield earned his first varsity point on the play for Danvers.
A little less than seven minutes later, the Falcons doubled their lead as sophomore defenseman Stephen Ganley uncorked a wrist shot from the left point that beat Powers cleanly over his stick shoulder for his first varsity goal.
When captain Joe Strangie backhanded in a loose puck out front three minutes into the second period, Danvers appeared to be in control — and eased off the gas a bit. Peabody refused to pack it in and got on the scoreboard with four minutes remaining until second intermission when junior Derek Demild’s shot from the left wing boards snuck inside the near post to cut the deficit to 3-1. Defenseman Chris Minter assisted on the goal.