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March 14, 2013

Power play clicks at right time for Swampscott

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Minutes later the Big Blue would go man-up again as Medway was whistled for a charge and this time it would be Maercklein playing Johnny on the spot.

The puck came back to Carman at the point who calmly fired a crisp pass across to his partner Massey. Instead of ripping a one-timer, Massey took an extra step to the outside to get his shot around the Medway defender.

The shot was low, hard and made it all the way to Narducci who made the initial save. But the rebound trickeled to his left and Maercklein finished confidently to put Swampscott ahead with just under eight minutes left in the third.

“The power play has been working for us lately,” said Carman. “We (Carman and Massey) have been playing all four years together so we have a lot of chemistry. We got a lot of momentum from those goals and it really helped us out.”

The momentum didn’t completely kill Medway as the Mustangs would twice tie the game up in the third quarter. However, had Swampscott gone man-up again the Big Blue were confident they would have scored. That confidence is something the team will need Sunday in the finals at the TD Garden.

“When we are working together, we feel like we can do anything out there and accomplish anything and that’s what we did tonight,” said Massey. “We need to bering that to the Garden.”

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