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January 12, 2014

Sachems pull stunner, shut out North Reading

HAVERHILL — It might say Sachems on the jerseys, but that didn’t stop the Pentucket/Georgetown hockey squad from going to another Native American dialect for its team motto: we martin.

“It’s the Algonquin word for brotherhood,” Ben Klosowski said. “We’re Sachems, but we needed an Indian word for brotherhood.

The junior forward and his mates pulled off a shocker yesterday at Veteran’s Memorial Rink with a convincing 3-0 victory yesterday over previously undefeated and Cape Ann League-frontrunner North Reading.

“We knew they were supposedly the best team in the league, and we just wanted to prove otherwise,” said goalie Anthony Orlando, who splits time with fellow frosh Robert Porter in net. “When things are going (as well as they were last night), all you can do is pay attention to how nuts the bench is going.”

With 27 saves, Orlando was a big part of the upset, which came on the heels of Porter’s shutout of Lynnfield earlier in the week. Those wins have helped the Sachems (4-3 overall, 2-3 league) rebound from a 6-1 loss to Newburyport, which then dropped a 2-1 decision to North Reading on Thursday.

“We knew we were the best team in the league and we just had to prove it to them,” said Klosowski of yesterday’s showing. “We were getting the puck deep and pressing the net.”

Which exactly is what Pentucket did — starting early.

Wasting no time attacking North Reading (6-1-1, 3-1-1), Pentucket took the lead for good at the 2:40 mark on a score by Georgetown sophomore Cam Wolbach. A mere 68 seconds later, Klosowski scored the first of his two goals.

“We stressed all week long that (North Reading) was a good team,” Pentucket coach Bill Burns said. “They hadn’t lost yet and we had to be ready for a (fast) pace. We had to have a high intensity level and we had to start quick. We could not afford to spot them a lead.

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