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.
Karen Hovey, Izzy Straw and Karissa Zakis also played well for the Panthers.
Marblehead 7, Cambridge 5: Freshman Brittany Lydon scored three goals and dished out four assists as Marblehead (5-4) overcome a 3-0 hole to win its second straight. Rachel McKay contributed two goals and three helpers to the cause while Brittany Smith finished with two goals and one assist.
Masconomet 3, Winthrop 0: Senior goalie Alex Jones was immense for the Chieftains, stopping 40 shots to record the shutout. Freshman Katie Terban scored twice, including an empty-netter with only 1:08 to play to seal the deal for Masco (5-3). Jensena Moner also scored for Masco, and Kylie Currier pitched in a pair of assists.
BEVERLY 8, CAMBRIDGE 0: The Panthers (10-0-1) qualified for the state tournament and pitched their second shutout in as many days while blanking an opponent for the fourth time in six 2013 games. The top line of Ryan Santo (goal, 2 assists), Andrew Irving (2 goals, assist), Connor Irving (goal, 3 assists) had a big night, with Graham Doherty, Kevin Lally, Nick Albano and Brendan Boyle also scoring. Junior Bryce Mitchell needed to make only a half-dozen saves to earn the goose egg.
SALEM 4, EAST BOSTON 2: The Witches (2-7-2) got their first win since opening night and came out firing with 43 shots on net. Spencer Bergholtz had two goals and an assist while Danny Heck added a goal and an assist.
“It was huge win and great game for us,” said head coach Ted Hanley. “We really need this one.”
Grant Thompson had 19 saves in goal for Salem, which also got a goal from Adam Ngo while Sam Petri finished with two assists on the night.
SWAMPSCOTT 3, EAST LONGMEADOW 0: Freshman Noah Maercklein scored a pair of goals as the Big Blue (9-1) moved to within two points of clinching a playoff berth. Sophomore Tyler Gallagher stopped 23 shots for the shutout while junior forward Joe Silva added a goal. Chris Carman (2), Patrick Burkett and captain Trevor Massey all added assists in the win. Swampscott plays unbeaten Beverly Saturday at Salem State (3 p.m.).
ST. JOHN’S PREP 5, XAVERIAN 0: Senior captain Brian Pinho had a monster night, factoring in all five goals with two scores and three helpers as the Eagles (8-2) took control with a dominant first period and won for the fifth time in six games this month. Nic Gianelli added a goal and two assistsin the victory; Andrew Brandano had a goal and an assist; and Jack McCarthy also scored..
Beverly 73, Lynn English 12: Kristen O’Connor topped the high jump (5-0) and the 50 hurdles (7.4) as Beverly improved to 5-0. Maeve Monahan won the mile (5:55) for the Panthers while Natalie Shea was victorious in the shot put (30-5 1/4).
Swampscott 51, Danvers 35: Six different winners propelled Swampscott to a win. Vy Le (55 hurdles), Aisling Dennehy (300), Emma Walsh (600), Alison Carr (1000), Sarah Kelley (mile) and Hailey Irwin (2-mile) had the individual victories for the Big Blue (4-1 overall, 3-1 NEC).
Ashley Brooks (high jump), Meghan Kellard (shot put), and Xanthi Pantazelos (55 meters) won events for Danvers (3-2, 2-2).
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 64, Chelsea 11: Grace McNally won both the hurdles and high jump to help the Bulldogs move to 3-0. Hannah Marshall (50 dash), Autumnrose Cataldo (300), Sarah Cantwell (600), Kailee Silva (1,000), Jessica Stefanelli (mile), and Dasha Kairys (2-mile) also won individual events for North Shore. Marshall, Sarah Powers, Rose Crispin, and Emily Crispin teamed up to win the relay.
Danvers 50, Swampscott 36: Danvers’ Drew Piazza defeated Swampscott’s Peter Hale in the featured race of the evening, and Joe Manson of the Falcons re-set his own shot put record to highlight Danvers’ win. Piazza ran a 2:41.5 to edge Hale (2:44.3) in the 300, and Manson threw a 53-6 to beat his old record of 52-11.
John Thomas (55 meters), Kyle Sullivan (hurdles), Brandon Hyde (300), Kevin Hebert (2-mile), and Connor Rollins (high jump) also had wins for Danvers.
Declan McClung (600) and Matt Mahoney (mile) won events for Swampscott.
Beverly 66, Lynn English 20: The Panthers (3-2, 2-2) rolled behind wins from Jay Richardson (high jump), Harry Brown (shot put), Anthony Harris (50 yard hurdles), Jordan Rawding (300), Alex Greco (1000), and Campbell Wood (mile).
nORTH sHORE tECH/eSSEX aGGIE 69, cHELSEA 16: The Bulldogs won seven events to pull away from Chelsea. Josh Fales and Doug Wilson tied for first in hurdles (8.2), while Brendan Hurley (300, 43.4), Eric Comeau (600, 1:52.9), Mike Reynolds (1,000, 3:19.4), Mike Tilton (mile, 5:32.6), Phil Simonton (2-mile, 11:17), and Anthony Sabbio (shot put, 35-10) also won events for North Shore (2-1).
mASCO SPLITS: The Chieftains (4-1) fell to Newburyport 49-37, but defeated Triton 67-19 in yesterday’s tri-meet. Garrett Roberts (hurdles), Cam Hebert (300), Harry Kent (mile), Marco Caserta (2 mile), Alex Gikas (600), Jake Morman (1000) ad Josh Griffith (shot) all had wins for Masco.
Masconomet shines: Sophomore Tyler Brown finished in the top 10 while Nolan Houston and Nathaniel Houston also had good runs as Masconomet (4-1) toppled Haverhill, but lost to a very deep St. John’s Prep squad. Junior captain Jay Kraunelis also skied well and freshman Mitchell Godett finished in the top 15.
The Chieftains girls beat Austin Prep and lost a narrow decision to North Andover (72.5-62.5). Freshman Heather Gaskell posted the fastest Masco time of the season and finished seventh against the Knights, while senior captains Nichol Brown and London Judge both finished in the top 12.
Masconomet 131.95, Gloucester 120.65: Jess DeMarco and Mina Shernan took the top two spots in all-around to pace the Chieftains in their win. DeMarco, who was first in all-around with a 35.7, won beam and floor and took second on vault and bars. Shernan posted a 34.7 all-around with wins on vault and bars, a second on beam, and a third on floor.
Hannah Bradshaw also performed well on floor for Masco (4-0), taking fourth with an 8.4.
Beverly 30, Marblehead/Swampscott 12: It was Senior Night for Beverly (11-5) — and the Panther elders didn’t disappoint. Seniors Brendan McGee (170 lbs.), Peter Reusch (182) and Brian Perry (220) all won their matches while freshmen Ahmad Al Sharafi (106) and Mike Cirelli (113) also scored big wins.
Danvers/HAMILTON-WENHAM 27, Salem 18: Wrestling up a weight class, Chris Davis (120 lbs.) scored a big win for Danvers/H-W (7-7) over Salem’s Thamid Raji to help his club score a victory in its first-ever home meet at Danvers High. Danvers/H-W had four other big victories as Jack Anderson (132), Chris Behen (138), Sam Anderson (152) and Colin Marie (160) all won by pin.
St. john’s Prep 54, Catholic Memorial 10: In improving to 3-0 in the Catholic Conference and 25-2 overall, the Eagles got victories from Lou Bornstein (113 lbs.), D.J. Lemieux (126), Fred Colberg (132), Jared Costa (138), James Smith (145), Peter Locke (160), Solomon White (170), Jim Messeder (182), Jon Polansky (195), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Corey Jean-Jacques (285).
Lynnfield 102, Masconomet 81: Colleen Soares (200 IM), Michael Bartley (100 free) and Alex Galaneau (100 butterfly) all had first place finishes for the Chieftains (4-3).
Pingree 50, Newton Country Day 28: Senior Katlyn Oliver led all scorers with 13 points as the Highlanders improved to 7-4 on the season. Junior guard Haley Sabino added nine points in the win while Gabby Muniz had seven.