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March 14, 2013

Power play clicks at right time for Swampscott

NORTH BILLERICA — When the Swampscott boys hockey team went on the power play in the first period of last night’s Division 3 semifinal against Medway, the Big Blue man-up unit really clicked and did everything right except score.

The goals would come later.

The Big Blue went on the man-advantage twice in the third period and both times the power-play unit found the back of the net with goals that proved to be extremely important in a 4-3 Swampscott overtime win.

The Big Blue went from down a goal to leading 2-1 in a span of 3:58 in the third period. Swampscott wouldn’t trail again all night.

“That first power play was unbelievable. We were getting shots left and right from the point like we wanted. We thought we had a couple (goals) there but the kid (Mike Narducci) made the saves and we had a hit post,” said Swampscott coach Gino Faia. “But we stuck with it. I can’t say enough about this group.”

Senior captains Chris Carman and Trevor Massey were superb at the point going D-to-D to set each other up for low hard slappers at the net. In the first period, the duo had a few shots tipped wide, hit a post and saw Narducci make a couple of phenomenal saves.

But in the third the puck bounced more favorably. In the first power play Noah Maerkclein nearly got his stick free from a Medway defensemen to bury a puck that skittered wide on a shot from the point, but he and Corey Carmody chased the puck behind the net. Somehow, the rubber squirted out to the front of the net, hit a Mustang defenseman’s skate, and found Nunzio Morretti, who jammed it past Narducci at a tough angle.

“That was the momentum shifter right there. When we got that (first power play of the third period) knew that was the spark we needed,” noted Massey. “We had to capitalize on that moment. That’s what we needed. The team followed through.”

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