, Salem, MA


February 20, 2013

Masconomet girls blank Marblehead

GLOUCESTER — Every team has to turn the page quickly after a loss, but the Masconomet girls took that concept to a new level yesterday.

Taking the ice just 16 hours after seeing a ten-game unbeaten streak snapped in a late loss to Burlington Monday night, the Chieftains bounced back with a thorough 7-0 win over Marblehead in a matinee at Talbot Rink.

“I thought we played well and we got stronger in every period,” said Masconomet coach Nicole Twomey. “(Monday) we said we’re moving on. That one was over and for a while now we’ve been looking at every next game as the biggest game on our schedule. That’s how we looked at Marblehead.”

The state-tournament bound Chieftains (12-4-2) had nine players record points, led by sophomore center Jensena Moner’s two goal, two assist effort. Senior goalie Alex Jones made 19 saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season and the 21st clean sheet of her career.

It was the first time Marblehead (9-11-1) had been shut out this season. The Lady Headers are just 1-6 in the month of February and fell out of state tournament contention with one game remaining against Burlington tomorrow.

Marblehead’s first line, led by captains Brittany Smith and Rachel McKay, put the pressure on Masco early yesterday. Jones was up to the challenge, with nine saves in the first period including a good tip-in bid by McKay and a crucial blocked shot by defenseman Lily Dow.

At the other end, Masco scored on its first shot of the game when Nancy Palermo roofed one over Aly Hopkins, and led 3-0 after one on goals by Moner and Meghan Hubbard.

“Alex is always good for us. We know she’s going to stop the ones she can stop,” said Twomey, whose Chieftains outshot Marblehead 15-10 over the final two periods and 20-19 for the game. “Marblehead’s shot count definitely decreased as the game went along and I was pleased with that.”

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