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December 17, 2012

Drop the puck

Newburyport starts season with victory over Lynnfield

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After taking a loss to Danvers earlier in the week, first-year Pioneers coach Jon Gardner knows his squad has some rough times ahead.

“I warned my guys at the start of the year that we had a murder’s row scheduled (in December),” said Gardner. “But I told them, we’re going to earn our battle scars and then move on in January.

“In my mind, I’m trying to keep the guys positive and tell them that we play everyone twice in the year, and the goal is to have a different story the next time we play them,” continued Gardner. “I’ve got 15 kids that have never played varsity before, so it’s learning on the job. We’ve got a high ceiling. It’s been a tough start. But we’re going to stay positive and keep plugging away.”

His team may have gotten one up on Lynnfield Saturday, but Yameen knows the Pioneers too well and is taking nothing for granted.

“Lynnfield is a team in transition,” said Yameen. “They’ve lost nine good seniors. They’ve got a new coach over there, so I fully expect they will be better the next time around.”

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