Lady Header goalie Sabrina Doughman (19 saves) made a toe-save on O’Neill that kept it 3-3 with a minute to go. Konaxis tracked the puck down behind the net, though, and found Woods uncovered in the slot. Beverly’s top wing didn’t miss with the winning goal.
“We didn’t play our best and it would’ve been easy to say it wasn’t our day after they tied it,” said Seabury. “But the bottom line is we won and it’s a good learning experience to show us we need to compete each day.”
Both teams were crisp at times and disciplined within their systems in an entertaining contest that went nearly 10 minutes without a whistle in the first. O’Neill got the scoring started with 6:10 to go in the first and Beverly led 1-0 after one.
Smith then tied it midway through the second when she wheeled around the cage until Thompson was screened, then shot the puck into the net.
“Brittany’s a huge asset and you can tell when she’s out there she dictates the play,” Hudak said. “She always has her head up and if she has a lane she’s going to take it. We’re trying to use her in all areas.”
Beverly generally controlled the first two periods with solid play from defensemen Katie Szela and Caitlin McBride. Doughman robbed Kristen McCarthy for one of her better saves and defenseman Annie DeConto saved a goal with an alert play in the first.
The Lady Headers took over in the third with eight of their 16 shots coming in the final 15 minutes. Rachel McKay and Halle McKay each earned one assist on Smith’s goals. Beverly got the better of the last shift, however, winning their sixth straight while Marblehead dropped its third game in a row.
“We have to make sure we’re playing the first and second periods like we played in the third,” said Hudak.