The Beverly girls hockey team faced one of its bigger challenges in the Cougar Classic yesterday and responded with a big win and a little history.
Senior captain Livvy Konaxis had two goals and three assists and became the all-time leader in points for the Panthers while leading her team to a 6-3 victory over Braintree.
Beverly (16-0-2) remained unbeaten on the season as Konaxis hiked her career point total over 114 (36 goals, 78 assists) to pass her older sister Rachel (110 career points, Class of 2008) for the record.
”Its a tribute to Livvy and a great accomplishment for her,” said coach Brian Seabury. “As good as she is offensively, she’s just as good on defense. She’s great in the faceoff circle for us and to her credit, she’s a two-way player.”
Rachel Trocchi, Konaxis and Nicole Woods (goal, assist) all scored in the third period as Beverly broke a 2-2 tie and outlasted Braintree. Defenseman Caitlin McBride had three assists, Kristen McCarthy had a goal ad an assist, Anna O’Neill scored and Katie Szela collected a single helper while Ami Thompson made 13 saves.
“It was nice to have a tourney like atmosphere and it was a good measuring stick for us,” said Seabury, whose team faces Chelmsford in a non-league game today and faces Westford Academy in the Cougar Classic final on Thursday.
Beverly 4, Winthrop 2: The Panthers (16-1-1) broke open a one-goal game by scoring three times in the third period to bounce back from their first loss of the season the day before. Ryan Santo, Kevin Lally and defenseman Nick Albano (on the power play) tallied in the final stanza for Beverly, while junior captain Connor Irving contributed a goal and an assist.
Sophomore goaltender @text1SportsBriefScore:Tim Biarelli stopped 17 shots for his 12th win of the season. Beverly assistant coach Justin Shairs praised the play of his team’s defensemen — captain Matt Hamor, Jack Morency, Sean Munzing and Albano — for communicating well and working through the various traps and forechecking schemes that Winthrop (9-6-5) threw at them.
Bishop Fenwick 5, Revere 5: Drew Thibodeau scored four goals to lead his team back from three separate one-goal deficits. Fenwick (3-16-2) led 5-4 in the third period before Revere tied the score. P.J. Usalis also scored for Fenwick and added two assists while Mike Napolitano had two assists and the Crusaders prevailed in the shootout to adavnce in the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic.
St. John’s prep 6, St. John’s Shrewsbury 2: Captain Brian Pinho had two goals and two assists while linemates Tyler Bird and Jack McCarthy both contributed a goal and two assists as the Eagles (16-2-1) scored four times in the first period and held the hosts to just 13 shots. The Prep scored two power play goals and also got a shorthanded snipe from Mark Azarian. Winger Andrew Brandano also scored for the Eagles while defenseman Ryan Byrne had arguably his best game of the season.
Arlington 52, Bishop Fenwick 44: The Crusaders end their season at 6-14 as senior captain Ben Maxner recorded 12 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in last nigth’s loss. Joe Buccheri added eight points, five rebounds and four steals.
Salem State 4, Worcester State 3: Keaton Cashin scored his first collegiate goal to give Salem State the lead for good and Matt Kenline, Eric Defelice and Ian Canty also scored as the Vikings (13-11-1) won their regular season finale and wrapped up the third seed in the upcoming MASCAC postseason tournament. Ed Fritz made 23 saves in net for Salem State.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 86, Worcester State 78: All five starters scored in double figures for Salem State (16-10), which advanced to the MASCAC semi-finals tomorrow. Bryan Ortiz was the high-scorer with 17 points while Hanell Velez scored 16, Tavone Wynder added 15. Jamal McCollum scored 14 and Andrew White added 12 as SSU shot 48 percent from the floor while holding Worcester to 38 percent.
Gordon 81, Roger Williams 59: David Dempsey scored 20 points as Gordon (20-6 overall) stormed into tomorrow’s Commonwealth Coast Conference semi-finals. Luke Hamilton and Park Thomas each added 16 for Gordon, which led by seven at halftime and opened up the lead in the second stanza by shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Westfield State 63, salem State 52: The Lady Vikings (11-15) played gritty defense, holding Westfield to zero bench and just one three-point field goal, but couldn’t overcome a 30-17 halftime deficit and bowed out of the MASCAC tournament in the quarters. Bridget Dullea and Ginny Fleming were Salem’s leading scorers with 18 and 10 points each, and Beverly’s Jen Ashton had five steals for Westfield.
Endicott 68, WNEC 60: The Gulls (16-10) upset Western New England in the quarters of the CCC tournament, overcoming six point halftime hole. Nicole Catizone provided a spark in the second half with three 3-pointer, including a triple that gave Endicott the lead with ten minutes to play. Jen White had 18 points for the Gulls and Samantha Crough netted 15.