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February 20, 2014

Seniors power Beverly over Chelmsford

SALEM — One of the biggest keys for the Beverly girls hockey team as they aim for the program’s first state title is secondary scoring.

So it was perfect for the Panthers to see senior captains Rachel Trocchi and Nicole Kamens both come up with three-point efforts, on Senior Night no less, to power their team to a 7-2 win over Chelmsford at Salem State’s Rockett Arena.

“We know the first line is awesome, so for us as a second line we’re looking to stay even with goals for and goals against,” said Trocchi, who had a pair of goals and one assist to hike her season total to 12 points.

The Panthers (16-2-2) boast the highest scoring first line in the state with captain Nicole Woods at 62 points for the season and winger Kristen McCarthy at 56. Winger Julia Nearis has 59 points but has missed the last few games with injury and is expected back for the state tournament.

Both Trocchi and Kamens (2 goals and an assist last night) had 20-point seasons last year as juniors. To see them heating up makes Beverly even more dangerous with the playoffs looming.

“It was a slow start to the year for us,” said Trocchi, who skated with Marlee Hamor (3 assists) last night and will likely have Anna O’Neill flanking her and Kames in the tournament. “We’re getting going here at the end of the year and if we can get some goals, it’s going to help the team.”

Chelmsford (8-8-4) beat Beverly a year ago and hung around last night. The Lions had it 1-1 after one period and 3-1 after two, but the Panthers scored four times in the third to pull away.

Kamens had both her goals in the third while Trocchi had the first two of the game with the initial coming in the first and her second putting Beverly ahead for good at 10:00 of the second.

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