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.