The Peabody High girls hockey team may not have a stellar win-loss record, but that’s all but forgotten when it comes to close games.
After falling behind Everett by a goal in the third period, the Tanners evened the game up seconds later before junior Ciara DiSalvo capitalized on a loose puck in front of the Everett net to give Peabody a hard earned 3-2 win.
“It was a dirty goal,” said Peabody coach Larry Minehan. “One of those ones in front of the net where (DiSalvo) just banged home a rebound. It was just sitting there and she got it home.”
The Tanners (now 3-8) have been on the wrong side of a few lopsided scores. However, knowing the importance of each and every shift in a white-knuckle affair, the Tanners have been completely focused with the opportunity of a ‘W’ is within their reach.
“They knew a mistkae would cost them the game,” Minehan said about his players. “And they didnt want to lose.”
Courtney Smith tied the game at 2-2 on an assist from goalie Jillian McCormick just seconds after Everett took the lead. Waverly Cohen had given the Tanners a lead initially in the second period, but the Crimson Tide rallied to even the game before the start of the third.
Minehan also highlighted the play of junior left winger Krystin Hennessey as well as seventh grade defenseman Kaydee Purcell, who excelled in carrying the puck out of the Peabody defensive zone. McCormick, who is an eighth-grader, also impressed her coach with 23 strong saves.
Beverly 9, Medford 2: Livvy Konaxis (2 goals, 2 assists) and Nicole Woods (3-1) each collected four points as the Panthers improved to 9-0. Kristen McCarthy added two goals while Nicole Kamens and Rachel Trocchi each had one goal and two assists. Katie Zeller and Anna O’Neill had a pair of assists each, and Ami Thompson stopped 13 shots in net.