MIAA Roundup: Peabody stuns North Andover

Things didn’t look good for the Peabody hockey team with 4:44 left in regulation at Stoneham Arena on Thursday.North Andover’s Mike Indigaro had just scored to give the No. 13 Scarlet Knights a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately for North Andover, the Tanners have one of the top offenses in the tournament.Elijah Cohen’s second goal of the game with 2:04 remaining capped a 96 second stretch that saw the Tanners score three times to escape Stoneham with an improbable 6-5 victory.Next on the agenda for Peabody is No. 5 Lynnfield in the quarterfinals in Stoneham on Sunday (4). The Pioneers advanced with a win over Revere.”I got a few gray hairs in this one,” joked Peabody coach Mark Leonard.North Andover’s Ryan Sifferlen, the Cape Ann League’s No. 2 scorer, racked up four goals and assisted on Indigaro’s tally before Peabody’s stirring comeback.Sifferlen wasted little time in getting the festivities started as he scored just 71 seconds into the contest. The Tanners (16-5-0) took that punch and then delivered one of their own when sophomore Matt Rodgers scored with nine seconds left to tie things at 1-1 after the first.In the second, the two teams actually waited over half a period before combining for four goals in a little over five minutes.Sifferlen gave North Andover (9-10-2) a 2-1 lead at the 8:26 mark only to have Peabody second liner Andrew Bucci answer back with an unassisted goal at 11:05.The tie lasted all of 16 seconds as Sifferlen fired home a D.J. Chaisson feed to give the lead back to the Scarlet Knights. But Peabody wasn’t quite done yet as another second liner, A.J. Parker got goal No. 11 off assists from Mike Broughton and Eric Muise at 13:46 to send the teams to the third in a 3-3 tie.For the second time in the game, however, Sifferlen found the early stages of a period to his liking as he scored his fourth goal at 1:25 of the third to put North Andover back in front.And despite having a nearly 2-to-1 shots on goal advantage, the Tanners found themselves in a 5-3 hole whein Indigaro finished off a Sifferlen feed at 10:16.Fortunately for Leonard and company, there still was time to work some magic.Cohen got the Tanners back within a goal at 11:20 when he scored his 21st of the year off a James Noftle assist. Just 84 seconds later, Bucci netted his second of the contest, assisted by Yeo, to knot things at 5-5.But Peabody wasn’t done scoring yet. On the very next shift, defenseman Taylor Shalin got the puck to Matt Rodgers, who in turn found Cohen for the go-ahead goal with 2:04 remaining.In other Division 2 North hockey action, Danvers defeated Bishop Fenwick, 7-2, to earn a meeting with Wilmington Saturday in the quarterfinals at Stoneham (6). John McInnis and Steve Kontas each had a hat trick for the Falcons. Craig Forrest had 41 saves for the Crusaders.Gloucester survived North Reading, 5-3, to advance to the Division 2 North quarterfinals. The Fishermen play Newburyport Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Salem State College.BOYS BASKETBALLEverett 89, St. John’s 77At Everett, the Eagles ran into a wall. Andrew Knight had 19 points for The Prep and Ryan O’Connell and Brendon Felder had 17 each. Freshman Pat Connaughton also came up big with 12 points.”They (Everett) were bigger, stronger and faster,” Prep coach Dan Letarte said.Letarte said it was a good season for his team, which won nine of 12 games at one point after going 5-5 in the early going. The Eagles finish 14-8 and Everett improves to 19-1. The Crimson were led by Boston College-bound Isaac Johnson, who had 26 points.

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