The Revere High hockey team turned in a heroic effort against undefeated Peabody, but eventually fell by a 5-2 margin Friday evening at Cronin Rink.
Patriot Drew Lauria gave the hometown fans something to cheer about when he lit the lamp in the first period, assisted by Sean Dean, for a 1-0 Revere lead.
However, Peabody got two of their own before the period ended, the second one coming with just one tick left on the clock. “Their second goal really killed us,” said RHS head coach Jim Palumbo. “We were trying to clear the puck out of our end, but they stopped it and took a slap shot that found its way through.”
The visiting Tanners tacked on two more markers before Jay Sasso made it a 4-2 game on an unassisted goal, all in the second period . However, Peabody got a double insurance goal in the final frame for the 5-2 finale.
“It was one of our best games of the season,” said Palumbo, noting that the shots on goal were even at 27 for each team. “Both teams had lots of chances, but they just made more of theirs.” Tanner Matt Rogers in particular was a thorn in the Pats’ side, scoring four of his team’s goals.
Two nights earlier, the Patriots dropped a 6-1 tilt with Beverly, a team that has come on strong to clinch a post season tourney berth after a 1-6-1 start. Dale Paradise scored the lone Revere marker, assisted by Nick Adreani.
Palumbo and his crew will wrap up their season in the annual Newburyport Bank tournament this week. The Pats were set to take on Matignon on Monday and then will play either Haverhill or Triton on Thursday.