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February 7, 2013

Beverly rips Marblehead, remains in first place

SALEM — The wins, and the points both on the scoresheet and in the standings, continued to pile up for the Beverly girls hockey team at the Rockett Arena last night, where the Panthers remained unbeaten on the season by thrashing rival Marblehead, 7-1.

The Panthers (13-0-1) haven’t lost in the first 14 games of the season, the longest unbeaten streak in program history. They’re one of three unbeaten girls teams in the state (along with Woburn and Wellesley) and also held onto first place in the GEIMHL Northeast Division.

Beverly isn’t getting bogged down by visions of a perfect season, however. The tone set by captains Katie Szela and Livvy Konaxis is about competition — the Panthers thrive on any chance to compete.

“Day in and day out. Sometimes, that’s hard to find but not with this group,” Beverly coach Brian Seabury said. “They’re really competitive. Livvy and Katie have been around long enough to see some ups and downs, and they see the opportunity this year. They’ve seized it and run with it to make sure they get the most out of their senior season.”

Sophomore Karen Hovey scored the first two goals of the game yesterday and Anna O’Neill (two goals, assist), Nicole Woods (goal, two assists) and Konaxis (goal, two assists) all collected three points in a game Beverly controlled from the outset.

Marblehead (8-8-1) lost its third straight and never seemed to have a jump in their step, or the puck on their sticks. Beverly limited the Lady Headers to 14 shots on goal, weeks after Marblehead was the only team to net more than two goals against the Panthers (Beverly won that meeting, 5-3).

“We all have to reflect right now on what we can each do better,” Marblehead coach Emily Hudak said of her team’s recent struggles. “We’re not playing like we can play. It feels like we’re forgetting things that we know.”

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