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January 3, 2013

Danvers hangs on, outlasts gritty Peabody squad

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“I give Peabody a lot of credit,” said Brown. “They never stopped fighting, saw a moment of opportunity and nearly took (the game) from us.”

Peabody, which got terrific outings from sophomore defenseman Cam Smullen (“easily our best player tonight,” said Leonard) and junior Mike Vadala, had its chances late in the game — captain Matt McIsaac just missed a one-timer alone in the slot with three minutes to play — but couldn’t get any closer. The Tanners will host winless Saugus Saturday (2 p.m.).

Brown realizes his team will need more intensity and mental toughness before they skate against the Panthers back at the Rockett Arena on Saturday.

“We’re certainly capable of it,” Brown said, alluding to the two above-mentioned intangibles. “We’ve played some good hockey this year and will be looking to the positives as we get ready for Saturday. I have complete faith in the players and the coaches that we’ll be able to do that.”

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