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SALEM — Behind four goals in the first period — including two in a span of just seven seconds — the Marblehead hockey team got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 9-0 win over Saugus in a Northeastern Conference bout at an empty Rockett Arena Wednesday night.
“It was great to get off to the start that we did, and when you can come out and score some quick goals like that it really helps you work through the rest of the game,” said Marblehead coach Chris Wells. “It was nice to see us be able to put some pucks in the net, because we had been struggling with that a bit coming into the game.”
Connor Jalbert led the way for Marblehead with a five-point evening, notching three goals and two assists. Eli Feingold and Hayden Leveroni each had one goal and two assists, while Aidan Ryan and Jason Caeran each had one goal and one assist. Drake Wyman and Christopher Locke each scored one goal, Lyndan Dyer had two assists and Connor Sheridan had one assist. Goalie Nick Peters earned the shutout victory in net — his second straight shutout.
“Nick’s really been working at it in net and I think he’s gaining more confidence,” said Wells. “He didn’t see a ton of pucks (Wednesday), but he came up with some big saves when he needed to.”
Marblehead didn’t waste much time getting on the scoreboard, jumping out with a goal from Caeran — his first career varsity goal — less than four minutes into the first period. Jalbert followed that up with his first goal of the night just a minute later, and then he scored again seven seconds after that when Marblehead won the ensuing faceoff and Jalbert quickly took it all the way in for a goal.
After Leveroni found the back of the net on an assist from Jalbert with two minutes to play, Marblehead took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.
The second period only saw Marblehead score one goal — a late tally from Feingold — but the third period was a different story. After going through the first nine minutes of the final period with no action, the Magicians rattled off four goals in the final six minutes to run away with the blowout victory. Ryan, Jalbert, Wyman and Locke all scored in the third.
Saugus (2-4-0) is now off for a full week before hosting Swampscott Wednesday (5:40) at Kasabuski Rink.
Marblehead (2-4-0) hosts Winthrop Friday night (7:30) back at Rockett Arena.
“Winthrop is always a tough, well-coached team and we know it’s going to be a battle,” said Wells. “We’ve just got to come back with the same effort and try to start fast again.”