GLOUCESTER -- As the seconds wound down in the second period of the first-round nightcap in the 6th Annual Cape Ann Savings Bank Holiday Hockey Tournament last night, it seemed as though a dominant 30 minutes from Marblehead might yield the Headers a slim one-goal lead heading into the third period.
Marblehead's play was finally rewarded, though, when forwards Trip Franzese and Tom Koopman each struck within a 37 second span to give the Headers a comfortable three-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
The Headers held off a late push from host Gloucester and moved on with a 5-2 win. They'll play for the tournament title tonight (8:00) against Beverly, who beat Triton, 6-3, in last night's first game.
Gloucester, meanwhile, will host Triton at 6:00 in the consolation game.
"It's always nice to get a win no matter where you are, but Gloucester's always a tough team," Marblehead coach Bob Jackson said. "Last year, we came up here and we were up going into the third period and they came back and beat us, so we knew they weren't going to quit. This year we hung on. We'll take a win."
After Marblehead's dominance through two periods -- the Headers also got a first-period tally from Dean Fader -- the 3-0 deficit Gloucester faced through two periods seemed insurmountable.
But after being outshot 27-9 through the first two stanzas, the Fishermen woke up. They carried play for much of the third period and cut the lead to 3-1 with an Alex Webb tip-in goal on the powerplay midway through the frame.
Marblehead quickly responded with Franzese's second of the night on a backdoor feed from Aaron DeAngelo to take the wind out of the Fishermen's sails, and while Gloucester sophomore Jack Nicastro buried a pretty breakaway goal late in the third to again cut the deficit to two, the Fishermen had simply dug themselves too big of a hole.