PEABODY— As the time ticked away in the third period of the Gloucester hockey team’s Northeastern Conference tilt with Peabody Saturday it was still anybody’s game.
In an evenly played game it was going to come down to who played best in the clutch. And that team was the Fishermen.
Gloucester had struggled to get into the win column through its first five games but on Saturday it got over the hump as Matt Lane goal with 1:47 to play led to a hard fought 4-2 win over the Tanners at McVann O’Keefe Rink. Gloucester improves to 1-4-1 on the year while the Tanners fall to 1-4-1.
“There was a lot of pressure on us to get that first win, we needed it,” Gloucester head coach Don Lowe said. “The effort was there again and we got a couple of bounces tonight.”
While the Fishermen have had stretches of strong play this season, they have been hurt by lapses in play that have usually led to goals from the opposition. On Saturday, however, Gloucester played one of its more complete games of the year and stayed focused for all three periods.
Gloucester also responded well after the Tanners erased a two goal Gloucester lead in the second period and took that momentum into the early part of the third period.
“We haven’t really responded like that all season so this was kind of a new leaf for us,” Gloucester senior captain Mike Muniz said. “We came out and played the whole game without any mental lapses.”
When the Fishermen did have a breakdown, goalie Jesse Glidden was there to make the stop. The senior faced a barrage of Peabody shots on goal Saturday finishing the afternoon with 41 saves and drawing praise from Lowe in the process.
Glidden’s best save came in the second period when Peabody’s Matt McIsaac broke in on a breakaway only to be turned away by a sprawling pad save from the senior net minder.