It’s a next-player-up sort of season for Peabody. Strong skaters like Smith, Sophia Post, Caroline Buckley and Elise Murphy have toughed it out through injuries. In a tie with Brookline last weekend, young players like Emilia Higginbothan, Jonalyn Carpenter, Jillane Arigo and Alexis Couto stepped up and filled big minutes.
“We’ve been much better as far as being in games. We haven’t had a lot of one-sided scores, and that’s a credit to the girls. It can be tough to overcome the tougher games sometimes when all the steam comes out of the engine,” said Minehan.
Steady defense from Bella Piscatelli, Hannie Aylward and Kaydee Purcell has helped Peabody in both puck possession and keeping the biscuit out of their net.
“We have a lot more skill as a team,” said Purcell, who has been skating since she was six years old. “We’re definitely skating better and harder. The biggest thing for me is skating with my head up and looking for things out there.”
Peabody has a mix of players with loads of experience like Purcell, Smith, Post and Murphy, and players like Travers that picked up skating when they were older. Travers, who plays goalie for the Lynnfield soccer team, began playing hockey in seventh grade, whereas Purcell played big minutes for the Tanners last year when she was in seventh grade.
“Hannah hustles like you wouldn’t believe. It doesn’t always show on the scoreboard, but she back checks really well and she’s been impressive,” said Minehan. “Kaydee seldom makes a mistake. She’s very strong on the point and she makes good decisions to keep that puck in the offensive zone.”
Laura Miele, Courtney Cavanaugh and Kristen Hennessey have also been key cogs for the Tanners. Senior Ciara DiSalvo has been a steady skater for the better part of three seasons. Sarah Buckley and Emily Sylvanowicz contribute too.