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January 26, 2013

Peabody's Ciampa stands tall between pipes at Mercyhurst

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“Overall I felt pretty good, and I was seeing the puck well,” added Ciampa. “We won’t see them again, but could wind up meeting in the playoffs.”

Mercyhurst had been ranked eighth nationally but moved up to sixth after splitting the two-game series with BC.

The Lakers are now 17-4-1 and host Lindenwood, a divisional rival, on “Pink The Rink” weekend to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.

The Eagles dropped to 17-4-2 with the loss and fell from second place to third in the rankings.

“Minnesota is ranked No. 1,” said Ciampa, who is 10-1-0 this season and leads CHA in goals against, save percentage and shutouts. “We’ve got to take care of business all the way until the end of February, when the playoffs begin.”

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Graduation claimed eight star athletes who were all recruited and are now participating in track at the college level. So it figured to be a rebuilding year for the Peabody High boys indoor track team.

But that’s not the case.

A year removed from going 7-0 to win the Northeastern Conference title, the Tanners have done it again. Despite losing the top two competitors in eight of the 10 events, this hard-working bunch didn’t miss a beat.

Now they look ahead to the challenges of the big meets to come.

Credit goes to head coach Fernando Braz and his staff (Tom Holleran, Dennis Grube, David Coleman, Patrick Mayo, Steve Smyrnios, Brian Bettencourt, Nick Marotta, Peter Cirafice and Brandon Powers) for developing the team’s young talent.

“(Last year’s) graduating class was as deep and talented as we’ve had during my (14-year) tenure as head coach,” said Braz. “The vision of the staff and the offseason preparations by the student-athletes were the keys to success. The underclassmen did a terrific job preparing physically and educating themselves about the sport.”

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