Two third period goals give Danvers wild, high scoring tie with Masconomet
By Matt Williams
HAVERHILL — The momentum swung back and forth between the Danvers and Masconomet boys hockey teams about as quickly as the puck flies towards the boards when iced by an angry defenseman.
When all was said and done Monday night at Valley Forum, though, the Falcons and Chieftains were back where they started: Dead even on the scoreboard after an up-and-down yet also very physical 6-6 tie.
Senior captain Nic DiSciullo scored twice in the third, including a last ditch marker on the power play with 2:54 to play, to bring the Falcons (15-1-1) back from two goals down and extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games.
Host Masco (8-4-3) had a 3-2 lead after one and led 6-4 after two, but Danvers held them off the board in the third and managed two goals to emerge with a point. Goalie Robert Prentiss stopped all 10 Chieftain shots in the third and 13-of-15 after he entered the game early in the second.
“The third was definitely our best period,” said Danvers coach Steve Baldassarrre. “We played well in spurts but we didn’t play well enough overall.”
For the Chieftains, the goals seemed to come in bunches. After falling behind 2-0 on goals by Danvers’ Conor Purtell and Jared Mscisz, the Chieftains netted three in a 110 second span to grab the lead. Captain Garrett Young got it going followed by Dylan Campbell’s tying goal 24 seconds later. Masco then grabbed its first lead on junior Matt Major’s first of two goals with 1:32 left in the period.
“I couldn’t be happier with our effort,” said Masco coach Andrew Jackson. “(Danvers) is the best team in the division and I thought 5-on-5 we carried most of the play.”
An early edge in special teams put the Chieftrains up by two at 4-2 when William Major broke free for a shorthanded tally just 90 seconds into the second. The Falcons would control the power play action for the rest of the game, however, ending up with three power play goals and a 14-2 edge in penalty minutes.
Mscisz scored his second of the game on the advantage to make it 4-3 midway through the second and while Masco would kill off a lengthy Danvers 5-on-3 chance with good work by the likes of Jack Corcoran, Filippo Scarfo, Young and Andrew Gotts, the Red-and-White penalty killers were exhausted when the Falcons drew another chance shortly thereafter.
That led to a second goal by Purtell that tied it up at 4-4, though Masco would get the goahead tally by Matt Major and what felt like a dagger by Gotts on a snipe off the rush as the scoreboard lit up like a pinball machine in the second period.
“Everytime they scored, it seemed like we’d get a couple,” said Jackson. “And then everytime we’d score, they’d come back and get a few.”
Danvers managed to do a better job slowing Masco in the neutral zone in the final frame, limiting the Chieftains in terms of possession as compared to the first two periods. The Chieftains had a 13-5 edge in shots in the first that swung to 14-6 for Danvers in the second and wound up in Masco’s favor 29-26.
“We pride ourselves on setting the pace,” Baldassarre said, “And Masco was the team setting the pace tonight.”
Purtell, Mscisz and DiSciullo all had two goals for Danvers with DiSciullo and Purtell each adding two assists for four-point nights. Tommy Mento added three assists and drew the crucial penalty that led to Danvers’ late tying power play goal.
For Masco, Young had two assists for a game-high three points and Corcoran and Zachary Smith each handed out two helpers. Goalie Tucker Hanson, a sophomore, stopped 20 shots.