After scoring a hat trick in Danvers’ 4-3 win over Beverly on Friday, AJ Couto stayed hot scoring a pair of goals as the Falcons defeated Concord-Carlisle, 5-3, Monday in Chelmsford to advance to the Division 2 North final.
Danvers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first minute of play off a goal from Rob Buchanan and the Falcons (12-6-4) didn’t look back from there scoring two more goals in the first period both on the power play. The second goal of the game was scored by Joe Strangi when he set a screen in front of the Concord-Carlisle goalie and puck tipped off him and in. Danvers would take the 3-0 advantage when Couto found the back of the net on a slapshot at 7:15 of the period.
“We had some changes in our lines and we changed it up and were able to get the right combination,” said Danvers coach Kevin Brown.
The Patriots (12-9-2) would strike back with a goal by Nick McCormack on the power play late in the first and in the second, Seamus Vahey scored to cut the deficit to a goal.
But Couto would score again on a wrist shot, his fifth goal in two games, to give Danvers a 4-2 advantage.
“AJ has been playing well and I was happy with his play today,” said Brown.
With eight seconds left in the second period, Adam Merry poked the puck through the net to cap the scoring for the Falcons.
Goalie Alex Taylor had 15 saves for Danvers.
“Alex had a lot of saves under pressure and that is when he steps up,” said Brown.
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