, Salem, MA

January 30, 2013

Breaking it down by digits across the local hockey landscape

The Salem News

---- — The Blue Line Report

Phil Stacey

North Shore hockey by the numbers:

1: Goalies who have earned an assist this season; Billy Price of St. John’s Prep earned an apple Saturday when he threw up an up-ice pass to teammate Jimmy Currier, who took it into the B.C. High zone and scored.

2: Wins needed by Swampscott head coach Gino Faia to earn 100 for his career.

3: Players who have eclipsed 100 career points this season: Cousins Connor Irving (currently with 128) and Andrew Irving (113) for Beverly High, and Danvers’ Joe Strangie (100).

4: Game-winning goals by St. John’s Prep fourth liner Justin Longo this season.

5: Most points in a game this season by one player, recorded by Marblehead’s Trip Franzese (vs. Salem), Brian Pinho of St. John’s Prep (vs. Xaverian) and Danvers’ Joe Strangie (vs. Saugus).

6: Shutouts by Beverly High this winter in just 13 games.

7: Number of players on Swampscott who have hit double digits in points, more than any other team. They are Nunzio Morretti (15 points), Corey Carmody (15), Ryan Cresta (15), Trevor Massey (14), Noah Maercklein (14), Robert Serino (12) and Chris Carman (11).

8: Local players who have recorded a hat trick this season: Andrew Brandano of St. John’s Prep; Clinton Cabral and Jesse McLaughlin of Beverly; Joe Strangie of Danvers; Jake Stahlman of Salem; Derek Demild of Peabody; and Swampscott’s Ryan Cresta and Nunzio Morretti.

9: Players still remaining and who played on Marblehead’s Division 3 state championship team of two years ago: Tyler Bates, Ian Maag, Trevor Jones, Joe Newall, Ben Katzman, Cam Rowe, Aaron DeAngelo, Tom Koopman and Liam Gillis.

10: Assists for Danvers senior center/right wing Adam Merry, who played junior hockey for two seasons before returning to the Falcons’ program this season.

11: Points needed by Masconomet (4-8-1) over its final seven games to qualify for the state tournament.

12: Points by Peabody’s leading scorer, Derek Demild. The Tanners are the only team in the area who don’t have a player with more points than games played (in this case, 13).

14: Number of Danvers High players who have scored 100 or more points in a career after Strangie picked up an assist in last Saturday’s 4-0 win at Lynn.

15: Goals this season for Trip Franzese of Marblehead in his first year with the Headers after transferring from the Pingree School. That number leads all North Shore goal scorers.

16: Number of players who have scored at least one goal for St. John’s Prep this winter: Tyler Bird (8), Brian Pinho (8), Andrew Brandano (7), Justin Longo (6), Jack McCarthy (5), Cam Shaheen (4), James Currier (3), Nic Gianelli (3), Derek Osbahr (3), Nick Bragole (2), Paul Crehan (2), James Brightney (2), Mark Azarian (1), Ean Mendeszoon (1), Evan Leclerc (1) and Teddy McNamara (1).

17: Number of players who have scored at least one goal for Beverly High this winter: Graham Doherty (12), Andrew Irving (11), Connor Irving (11), Nick Albano (6), Jesse McLaughlin (4), Ryan Santo (4), Clinton Cabral (3), Nate McLaughlin (2), Jack Morency (2), Matt Hamor (2), J.J. Bachini (2), Brendan Boyle (2), Tom Lindgren (1), Jake Straw (1), Teddy Leathersich (1), Kevin Lally (1) and Hunter Spencer (1).

18: Plus/minus of St. John’s Prep defenseman Evan Leclerc, the best mark on his squad.

19: Number of seasons since St. John’s Prep has won the Catholic Conference (1994, to be precise). They can do so with a win at home over Catholic Memorial tonight.

21: Shutouts so far this season turned in by Salem News-area goaltenders.

24: Goal differential that Beverly has outscored its opponents by in the first period of games (26 to 2).

26: Games played during the 2012-13 school year without experiencing a single loss for Beverly defenseman Jack Morency; he was part of the Panthers’ 13-0 Super Bowl football team, and is a blue line mainstay for the 12-0-1 BHS pucksters.

28: Goals allowed by Bishop Fenwick in the first period of games.

36: Years since Beverly High has played a hockey game at the Boston Garden (1977, falling to Matignon in the state semifinals).

43: Combined victories of the four area teams who have already qualified for the state tournament: Beverly (12), St. John’s Prep (11), Marblehead (10) and Swampscott (10).

44: Years since Swampscott has won a state tournament game. You are not reading that incorrectly; the Big Blue last tasted postseason success back in 1969.

46: Days until the Massachusetts state championship games are held at Boston Garden.

50: Career points for Masconomet captain Alec DiGiorgio; he earned No. 50 with an assist on teammate Jared Brann’s goal last Saturday vs. North Reading.

53: Points scored by Beverly’s Andrew Irving since he was moved up from defense to forward in the middle of last season; he’s accumulated those points in just 19 games.

55: Season high in saves by a North Shore goalie this winter, turned in by Salem’s Brett Harring on Jan. 19 at Gloucester.

61: Percent of Peabody High’s goals they’ve scored in the second period (17 of their 28 total tallies).

.67: Goals-against average of Marblehead’s Harrison Young, which just happens to be the best mark in the state.

72.7: Percent of Bishop Fenwick’s 22 goals scored by either Mike Napolitano (9) or Nick Finan (7) this season.

75: Career points for Providence College-bound center Brian Pinho (28-57-75) of St. John’s Prep.

77: Career victories, in 5 1/2 seasons, for St. John’s Prep head coach Kristian Hanson.

93: Career victories, in 7 1/2 seasons, for Marblehead’s Bob Jackson.

104: Career victories, in 9 1/2 seasons, for Bobby Gilligan behind the bench in Beverly.

143: Players from our nine area teams who have either a goal or an assist this season.

192: Career victories for 18th year Peabody head coach Mark Leonard, more than any other area coach.

248: Minutes played by Swampscott sophomore goaltender Trent Gallagher (4-2, 1.99 GAA, .902 save pct, 1 shutout)

330: Minutes played by Swampscott freshman goaltender Tristan Bradley (6-1, 1.77 GAA, .910 save pct. 1 shutout)

336: Days since the Beverly Panthers have lost a hockey game (5-4 to Saugus in overtime on Feb. 28, 2012).

.444: Shooting percentage of St. John’s Prep junior wing Tyler Bird, who has eight goals on just 18 shots.

479: Saves this season by Salem netminders Brett Harring and Grant Thompson — or 122 more than their closest competitors.

619: Minutes played this season by Bishop Fenwick junior goaltender Pat O’Leary, which is all but 11 of his team’s total minutes played.

.956: Save percentage by Beverly sophomore goaltender Tim Biarelli, by far the best in the region.

1,000,000: Percent chance the upcoming state hockey tournament is going to be spectacular — as it always is.


The Blue Line Report, a column on North Shore high school hockey, appears each Wednesday during the winter season in The Salem News.

Contact sports editor Phil Stacey at or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.