Melrose heads to finals after taking down Peabody, 3-1
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE – The Melrose Red Raider hockey team has improved to 3-1 overall (1-1 league) after beating Peabody, 4-1, in the opening round of the 2014 Kasabuski Holiday Tournament on Monday afternoon at Kasabuski rink in Saugus. At press time Melrose was scheduled to face North Reading on Tuesday afternoon in the North Final.
Melrose relied on goals from senior captain Jack Hickey (2) and senior captains Jake Karelas and Brian McLaughlin to advance. Melrose’s win comes on the heels of a victory against Medford on Dec. 23. After suffering a 3-0 loss to Arlington on the road on Saturday, Dec. 20, Melrose hopes to make it three in a row when they take on the Hornets in the final.
Melrose sends to the ice 21 Raiders this season including their captains: McLaughlin, Karelas, Hickey and Zac Mercer, senior Ryan Feeney, juniors Alex Burton, Steve Guttadauro, Zack Phipps, Jacob Kleis, Sean Connolly, goalie Tyler Brown, sophomores Connor Crovo, Calvin MacDonald, Matt McKenzie, Shane Correale, Jack Aylward, Matt Bowers and new freshmen Darwin Anderson, Shea Champagne, Jack Wells and Matt Campagna.
The Red Raiders resume league play when they face Wilmington Saturday night in a critical league game. Action starts at Kasabuski Arena at 8:10 p.m.