Masco punches playoff ticket, tops Peabody in ‘Can Do Classic’
By Jean DePlacido
PEABODY — Bob Driscoll won more than 300 games as coach of the Chieftains, but he was more concerned with building character in the young men he guided over the years both at Masconomet High and his Cape Ann Hockey School every summer.
That’s why the Can Do Classic in his memory is such a special game for both Masconomet and Peabody. Sally Driscoll, his wife, dropped the puck and said, “Let’s Play Hockey” to get things underway at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink. After the game she presented the trophy she designed with one of her late husband’s skates mounted on the base of the award he received when he went into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.
That unique piece of hardware went home with Masco, a 7-2 winner over Peabody. Coming into the game the Chieftains (9-4-3) needed a point to qualify for the tournament, and they wasted no time getting off to a fast start with the first of five goals in the opening period coming after only 14 seconds ticked off the clock.
“We started quickly which is always something you want to do,” said coach Andrew Jackson, who presented Sally Driscoll with a bouquet of red roses. “We’re in the tourney after a year off, and it’s good to be back. It’s also nice to do it in this game. I miss coach
Bob so much. Hopefully he’s smiling down on us and enjoyed the game.”
Captain Andrew Gotts scored the first two goals (his 17th and 18th of the season) and later picked up an assist. The left wing and linemates center Will Major and right wing Dylan Campbell figured in four of the seven goals. Freshman Aaron Zenus scored his first varsity goal to give the Chieftains a 3-0 lead midway through the period, and added another in the third period.
Campbell and Major set up the first strike with Gotts knocking a rebound home. Three minutes later that same combination made it 2-0 with Gotts finishing off the rush. Campbell found the back of the net to increase the lead to 4-0, and sophomore Peyton Defeo added an unassisted tally.
“It was tough to give up that quick goal in the first minute, but the kids didn’t give up,” said Peabody coach Mark Leonard, who recalled how Driscoll always made hockey fun at his summer camp. “They played a decent game.”
The middle period was scoreless, and the Tanners did a better job moving the puck out of their end. Tucker Hanson started in goal for Masconomet with Angelo DiFilippo taking over in the middle frame, and freshman Lucas Canelli finishing up. After getting the big lead Jackson used his first line sparingly, and gave everybody a chance to see some action.
Peabody started freshman Lucas DeMild, and brought in eighth grader Joey McCoy (16 saves) for the rest of the game. Junior captain Nick Capillo took all three shots for Peabody in the middle period but was denied by DiFilippo. He kept working hard, and scored both goals in the third period.
The first came on a rush with fellow captain Connor McCarron. Capillo stole the puck at his own blue line and raced up the right wing before uncorking a rising one timer. Capillo’s second strike came on the power play after McCarron put the puck right on his stick. He fired a long shot into the lower left corner of the net.
“Nick had a very good game, and I’m happy we were able to put a couple on the board,” said Leonard. “Caleb Dollin,also played well, and defensively both Jack McKelvey and Brandon Perry did a nice
job. McCoy stopped a lot of shots in the last two periods; it would really be nice to get a win before the season ends.”
The home half of the 50/50 raffle went to the American Diabetes Association in the name of former Masconomet player Brandon Lafata, who tragically passed away recently.
Masconomet 7, Peabody 2
At McVann-O’Keefe Rink, Peabody
Masconomet…………………. 5 0 2 —7 Peabody…………………………. 0 0 2 —2 First period: M, Andrew Gotts (Dylan Campbell, Will Major), 0:14; M, Gotts (W. Major, Campbell), 3:16; M, Aaron Zenus (Cole Esposito, Matt Major), 8:20; M, Campbell (Gotts, Shawn Callahan), 10:06; M, Peyton Defeo (un), 13:15.
Second period: No scoring. Third period: M, Zenus (un), 1:45; P, Nick Capillo (un), 4:44; M, W. Major (Gotts), 7:24; P, Capillo (Connor McCarron), ppg, 9:27.
Saves: M, Tucker Hanson 6; Angelo DiFilippo 3, Lucas Canelli, 3. P, Lucas DeMild 5, Joey McCoy 16.
Records: Masconomet 9-4-3; Peabody 0-16.