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Scituate 8, Marblehead 2
WORCESTER -- Scituate makes their return to the Garden, romping over Marblehead, 8-2, tonight at the DCU Center.
The Sailors will skate against Westfield -- a 3-2 winner over Gardner in tonight's other semifinal -- on Sunday at the TD Banknorth Garden. It'll be a rematch of last year's state championship game, which Scituate won, 1-0.
Marblehead took three penalties in the first 1:20, and they were able to kill a lengthy 5-on-3.
But that didn't matter, because Duggan potted his second past Reny (back in net after a second-period hiatus).
It's 7-2, Scituate.
Galvin just added to the lead, his third goal of the game. A single hat came from the seats, leading to a friendly announcement from the PA guy (hope they're paying him extra for this) reminding fans that throwing objects onto the ice may result in a delay-of-game penalty.
Marblehead's Tony Cuzner has returned to the Headers' cage.
Marblehead came out a little stronger to start the second, leading to a hooking call on Scituate's Jamie Pratt. Soon after, Dan Glavin was sent to the box for Scituate's fifth penalty of the game.
The Headers capitalized on the 5-on-3, with Ben Koopman firing home a pass from Andrew Bates.
Then, Marblehead's Eric Fader was whistled off for cross-checking, and Luciani put home Scituate's third shot of the period for a 5-2 lead at 7:26. He beat Marblehead freshman Tony Cuzner, who came in for Aron Reny. Reny allowed four goals on ten shots in the first.
The hits just keep on coming. Scituate's Pat Duggan just broke into the Headers' zone with a nifty move, then went backhand up top for a 6-2 lead.
Wow. Defending champ Scituate didn't waste any time here at the DCU Center, making it a quick rout. But Marblehead just tacked on one on the powerplay, showing its first signs of life.
First, the Scituate scoring. Forward Brad Stenbeck pounced on a rebound for the Sailors' first goal at 3:39. A minute and a half later, Dan Galvin came in from the right side and went five hole - the puck slowly trickled over the line. Then, Galvin struck again at 7:54, followed by Mac Luciani at 8:17.
Then, Marblehead's Anders Gundersen's powerplay strike made it a three-goal game.
Just ... wow. Wild times here in Worcester.
The Sailors then went two men down, courtesy of a tripping call on Luciani and a crosschecking call against Pat Mahoney, but they were able to escape without incident.
End of the first period here at the DCU Center. With all the action, it seemed to last about five minutes. Five goals, three penalties (all on Scituate) and one public address announcer we've heard a lot from so far.
Should be interesting to see how the Headers respond. With the way this game is going, you'd think pretty much anything can happen.
Shots are 10-3 Scituate.
Back with more from the second in a minute.
Welcome to Worcester, where Scituate is set to take on Marblehead in a Division 3 state semifinal. We'll be updating this blog entry consistently, so stay tuned.
C - Jackson Barber
LW - Eric Fader
RW - Andrew Bates
D - Anders Gundersen
D - Mike Cohn
Goalie: Aron Reny
C - Pat Duggan
LW - Dan Galvin
RW - Jamie Pratt
D - Pat Mahoney
D - Tim Mahoney*
Goalie: Jamie Murray
*Announcing Mahoney in the starting lineup is a symbolic gesture by the Sailors' coaching staff. Mahoney died Feb. 2 in an auto accident.
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