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January 26, 2013

Peabody's Ciampa stands tall between pipes at Mercyhurst

What a season Stephanie Ciampa is having between the pipes for Mercyhurst College.

The Peabody native made a career high 40 saves to lead Mercyhurst over Boston College last weekend, a 3-2 home win in Erie, Penn. Ciampa’s sterling performance ended the Eagles’ 18-game unbeaten streak.

The senior, who splits duties in net in back-to-back games, made four big saves to deny BC on three power play opportunities.

She was recently named College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week for the fifth time.

“I was really up for that game,” said Ciampa, who is ranked fourth in the country in Division 1 women’s college hockey with a .945 save percentage and 1.18 goals-against average. “I know about half the girls on that (BC) team; a few played at Assabet when I was there. We needed to bring our ‘A’ game to beat them.”

Alex Carpenter, the daughter of former NHL star Bobby Carpenter (who grew up in Peabody and played at St. John’s Prep), has been on fire this season with at least one point in 21 straight games for BC. It’s a school record, and she assisted on both Eagles’ goals against Mercyhurst.

“She’s a great player,” said Ciampa, who played at Pingree before transferring to Tabor Academy. “I’ve known Alex for a long time from all the different tournaments I went to with Assabet.

“BC is so fast, and they move the puck so well. It seemed like they were buzzing around my net all game. Their first goal came when we got stuck in our end and had a turnover. They made a pass across and I was able to make one save, but they scored on the rebound. We were stuck on a long shift, and just couldn’t get to the puck in time. On the other one their captain beat me with a shot over my shoulder. She came in 1-on-1 and made a nice move.

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