NORTH ANDOVER — Jake Silk knew the celebration was a bit over the top, but when he spotted his family and friends behind the net, he couldn’t help himself.
“I knew I had to score in the second period because my family was on the other side of the glass on that end and I wanted to jump up against it in front of them,” said Silk. “Especially my brother, they have always been here watching me, so I knew I had to put one in.”
Silk did just that 5:06 into the second, when he took a pass from linemate Derek Hunter and roofed the puck home before making good on his celebration Lambeau Leap-style.
That goal also proved to be the game-changer, as it snapped a scoreless tie and propelled North Andover to a 2-0 victory over Haverhill last night, snapping a six-game losing skid for the Scarlet Knights.
“After five years on varsity this was my last home game,” said Silk. “So we wanted to make the most of it. We may not be going to the playoffs, but that didn’t matter in our last game at Merrimack. We wanted to make the game matter.”
A mainstay for the Scarlet Knights since 8th grade, Silk made his last skate at the J. Thom Lawler Arena count, scoring the go-ahead goal and assisting on the empty-netter that clinched the win.
“Jake is a great leader and a tremendous player,” said North Andover coach Peter Marfione. “Even when he isn’t putting goals away, he is doing everything to help the team. Then there are nights like tonight when he can take a game over. He came up big.”
More than four years after he scored his first varsity goal — against Pentucket-Georgetown on Jan. 31, 2009 — Silk led his Knights to one final home victory with his eighth goal and 20th and 21st points of the season.