The revamped first line of Strangie, Flynn and Rob Buchanan (three assists) combined for three goals and five assists. Couto, Merry and Tyler Dustin added three goals, while sophomore defenseman Mike Disciullo had a pair of assists.
For a team that had scored just four goals in its last three games and seven total over its previous five contests, the half-dozen markers for the Falcons were a welcome sight.
“It was nice to see us break out,” admitted Danvers head coach Kevin Brown. “The line combinations seemed to work pretty well, and we cashed in on special teams. Plus, we did a lot of those little things we’re always talking about: winning loose pucks, playing physically, blocking shots.”
Frustration was the key word down the hallway, where Masconomet (3-6-1) had trouble generating any sustained offense and never found a answer when the Falcon forwards buzzed in and around their net.
“We talked all week leading up to this game about playing physically, because we knew (Danvers) would,” said Chieftains head coach Andrew Jackson. “They won nearly all the 1-on-1 battles and made the most of their power plays. Take away the special teams and it’s a 2-1 game ... but (Danvers) earned what they got.
“A big problem is that we didn’t clear guys out (in front of the net); most of their goals were scored off of rebounds. They totally outmuscled us in the slot and in our defensive zone.”
After mustering just one shot in the opening 15 minutes, captain Alec DiGiorgio scored early in the second period on the power play, slicing Masco’s deficit to 2-1. But four straight Danvers goals put the game away, and a late tally by the Chieftains’ Anthony Anzalone couldn’t change that.
“We’re happy, but we’re not satisfied,” Merry said when asked about how he saw his team at the halfway mark of the regular season. “We want to start rolling again like we did at the beginning of the year. We have the depth; we just need to capitalize on our opportunities and finish off our shots.”
Both teams used two goaltenders Saturday: Alex Taylor stopped seven shots in 40 minutes for Danvers before giving way to fellow sophomore Jay Joyce (2 saves). Cardillo had 19 saves in two periods for Masconomet; junior Mitch Nekoroski stopped all seven shots he faced in the third.