GLOUCESTER — Early in the season the Danvers hockey team has prided itself on being a third period team.
On Wednesday’s Northeastern Conference North tilt with Gloucester at the Talbot Rink, the Falcons once again proved to a be a third period team as they scored three goals and carried the play for the final 15 minutes breaking a deadlock and picking up a 4-2 win.
Gloucester falls to 0-1 with the loss in its season opener, Danvers improves to 3-0.
“I think our third periods have been our best all year and that’s what showed tonight,” Danvers head coach Kevin Brown said. “It’s nice to get a win against a hard working Gloucester team, they’re going to make some noise this year. But we have to get back to work and correct some of the mistakes we made early on tonight and continue to improve.”
Fishermen head coach Don Lowe was pleased with his young team’s effort in their season opener despite the loss. The Fishermen have three freshman and three sophomores seeing regular minutes, most seeing their first varsity minutes, and despite their youth, they were able to hang with a deep and experienced Danvers team over the first 30 minutes of play.
“I thought we worked really hard and played two good periods,” Lowe said. “We just have to work on turning the puck over in our own end. Danvers is a good, well coached team and I thought we played right with them for two periods. There were a lot of positives to take out of this game and there are some things we need to work on too.”
The difference in the contest ended up being the play of the Falcons first line of Joe Strangie, A.J. Couto and Adam Merry. The trio generated scoring opportunities every time they hit the ice and ended up notching three of Danvers’ four goals on the night with each scoring a goal.