PEABODY — It had been almost a month since the Masconomet girls hockey team got a victory, and the Chieftains played the third period last night against Peabody like a team starving to get back in the win column.
Masco scored four times over the final eight minutes to pull away from the Tanners, 8-3.
“We came out with more energy than we’ve had. Eight goals is a great showing on offense for us and I thought the defense was stronger than its been the last few games,” said Andrew Boepple, who earned his first win back as a coach after taking over for Nicole Twomey two weeks ago.
The Chieftains evened their record at 4-4-1 on the strength of two goals and two assists from senior captain Dana Vallettie, two goals from fellow captain Jensena Moner and a goal and two assists from Kylie Currier.
Peabody dipped to 2-9-1 despite an outstanding performance from freshman goalie Jillian McCormick (34 saves). The Tanners responded with goals of their own each time Masco took a multi-goal lead until the third, when the Chieftains barrage snowballed into a five-goal advantage.
“We didn’t play hard for the full 45 minutes but there are positives to take away,” said Peabody coach Larry Minehan. “Jillian had to be the number one star; she kept us in the game for a while.”
The teams traded four goals in the second and went to the third with the visiting Chieftains ahead 4-3. Masco peppered the Peabody net for stretches of the period and broke the dam when Adara Nazarian scored with 8:06 to play. Just 20 seconds later, Moner scored her first and with a three-goal edge Masconomet never looked back.
“Peabody’s a dangerous team. We got that lead and they came right back at us in the second,” said Boepple. “It was a testament to us that we kept at it and pulled away at the end, but also a testament to the team Peabody has that they came back.”