HAVERHILL — A little tinkering was all it took.
With their revamped lines clicking like they’d been playing together for years, the Danvers High hockey team found the offense it was looking for Saturday. The Falcons broke open a close game with four unanswered goals in the second period and held host Masconomet to a grand total of 11 shots on goal to secure a 6-2 non-league victory at the Valley Forum.
“We really needed this one,” said Danvers center Adam Merry, who scored the first of his team’s six tallies. He rejoined the Falcons for his senior year after spending the last two winters playing junior hockey for the Salem Ice Dogs program. The goal was his third of the season and 12th point overall.
“I think it was a matter of the lines starting to click; we changed them before last game (vs. Winthrop) and now, after a few practices and two games together, I think it’s really going to benefit us in the long run. It worked really well (Saturday).”
Danvers (6-2-2) was deadly on special teams, scoring on three of four power play opportunities while also burying a shorthanded chance.
Senior captain A.J. Couto, the left wing who was moved from the first to the second line in order to create more offensive balance, scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 4-1 in the second period. He then connected on the power play with just over a minute to play in the stanza, tipping a shot out from past Masconomet captain Matt Cardillo.
Fellow captain Joe Strangie also had a pair of goals; the first line center gave his club a 2-0 lead late in the first period, then scored the eventual game-winner about five minutes into the second, finishing off a pretty 2-on-1 feed from his new linemate, junior left wing Matt Flynn.