PEABODY — Joanna Ambeliotis only played for a couple of minutes, but was a key factor in Peabody’s 8-5 victory over Beverly. Ambeliotis took over in the goal at the 18:34 mark of the first half with the game tied at 1-1 after Cheyenne Jackson was given a two minute penalty. That left the Tanners short-handed and without their starting goalie.
But Ambeliotis was equal to the task, making a couple of terrific saves, and the Tanners scored a short-handed goal to take the lead. Mikayla York set up Courtney Smith for the first of her three goals of the afternoon as Peabody worked the transition game to perfection. Beverly’s Camden Vitale managed to tie it up before Jackson returned, but Ambeliotis was outstanding in limiting the damage.
“This was a huge win for us against an awesome Beverly team,” said Peabody coach Dennis Desroches after his team improved to 7-3 and beat the Panthers for the second time this season. “Ambeliotis stepped in and made a couple of huge saves to keep the game close, and that was a big goal by Smith.
“I’m very happy with the full 50 minute effort all the girls put in today. Beverly likes to sit in a zone, and we didn’t want them to be able to slow the game down. We had to move the ball and execute. Our defense did a terrific job holding them to only five goals, and Jackson had an incredible game with some huge saves (10). Whenever we play Beverly we know it’s going to be a very close game.”
The score was tied four times in the first half, but the Tanners began to take charge in the late going. They knotted it at 4-4 with just over five minutes left on a goal by Bianca Muscato, and then Smith was set up by Christa Trombley to put them ahead for good.