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February 20, 2014

Kick Saves: Improved Tanners on paces to have their best season ever

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During Saturday’s Senior Night ceremonies, Peabody invited players from the city’s girls youth program to skate with them during warmups and in between periods. The improving Tanners have served as good role models for the mites, and they’re hoping efforts like that will help grow the program going forward.

Now, the focus is on tomorrow’s finale against Shawsheen, and giving seniors Smith, Kristen Hennessey, DiSalvo, and Cavanaugh a memorable, winning sendoff.

“It’d be great to score some, everybody loves to get points,” said Smith. “But the biggest thing is going to be just doing what we have to do in our own end and giving the team a chance.”

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In case you missed it, the Northeastern Hockey League announced Marblehead’s Brittany Smith and Beverly’s Nicole Woods as it’s co-MVPs on Tuesday. Woods is one of the state’s leading scorers and is arguably the best player in the Bay State this winter while Smith, as Marblehead’s lone senior and leading scorer by a mile, means as much to her club as any one player in the Commonwealth.

The league’s “first-team” All-Conference selections were Woods, Smith, Peabody’s Courtney Smith and Medford’s Brittani Lanzilli up front along with Winthrop’s Cat Salvetti on defense and Gretchen Howard in goal.

The rest of the all-stars were Masco’s Jensena Moner and Lily Dow, Kristen McCarthy and Caitlin McBride of Beverly, Caroline Hughes of Marblehead, Sophia Post and Lauren Hennessey of Peabody, Winthrop’s Caroline McKinnon and Katie Jeter, Medford’s Marissa Williams and Adrienne Porrazzo and Kellie Haggerty of Cambridge.

Winthrop’s Anthony Martucci was selected as the NHL Coach of the Year.

The entirety of the honorees will for the Northeastern Hockey League all-star team, which will face the girls all-stars from the Middlesex League on Saturday at Salem State after the conclusion of the NEC boys hockey all-star game. The girls game is tentatively expected to begin at 4 p.m.

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