“Timmy’s a kid we have a lot of faith in,” said Beverly head coach Bob Gilligan. “He’s so big and strong physically and gets his legs going side-to-side in his crease easily. He can be amazing at times, like he was tonight.”
“When Timmy’s in his zone, you just can’t beat him,” added Andrew Irving. “He’s just so solid.”
Grabbing his own rebound and throwing a shot off of Danvers goaltender Alex Taylor (29 saves) from past the goal line, Andrew Irving’s 8th goal of the season gave Beverly a 1-0 lead after one period. The Falcons came out with guns blazing in the second period, but Beverly weathered the storm and got two huge goals to take all the momentum.
First, right wing Ryan Santo was the beneficiary of some great digging in the Danvers goal mouth. An Andrew Irving shot and Connor Irving follow-up were both stopped by Taylor, but the sophomore goalie couldn’t cover up the puck and Santo pounced, knocking it home at 7:31.
Less than three minutes later, Ryan Doherty took a pretty cross-ice pass from Jake Straw in the slot and roofed a one-timer past Taylor for a 3-0 advantage.
“They were better tonight,” said Danvers head coach Kevin Brown, “and the game was too inconsistent for us. We had some spots where we really went well, but didn’t have that same overall energy the entire game.
“Plus,” added Brown, “they won the loose puck battles and when they did, they capitalized on their second opportunities. When we had second chances, we didn’t.”
Beverly’s defense controlled play in the final period, limiting Danvers to five shots on goal while keeping up the pressure of its own with 14 shots on Taylor.
“I’m a little surprised we’re 7-0,” Andrew Irving said, “but at the same time, we’ve come together so well as a team and so focused that maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.”