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January 30, 2014

Kick Saves: Junior captains driving Masconomet through change

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“There’s going to be times against good players and good goalies when you don’t have the puck luck. At the end of the day, we have to get our noses dirty and go get those rebounds and create chances around the net,” said Beverly coach Brian Seabury.

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Marblehead captain Brittany Smith can reach 100 points on Friday against Needham or Saturday against rival Beverly. Smith enjoyed an eight-point weekend in two Lady Header wins last week, and now has 32 on the season to lead her team. The three-year standout has 63 goals, 34 assists and 97 points in her career.

One big-plus for the Lady Headers (6-5-2 overall) has been the play of middle school forward Sydney Cresta, who had two goals and two assists last weekend. Fellow forwards Emma Brophy (four assists in the two wins) and Brooke Keough (goal, two assists) are also heating up.

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Marblehead native Lexie Laing will be wearing Red, White and Blue again this March. The senior forward at Nobles earned her second straight spot on the United States Women’s Under-18 National team when USA Hockey announced tis roster for the upcoming Women’s World Junior Championships last week. Laing helped the Americans win silver last year and will be competing this year in Budapest, Hungary. Laing scored a pair of goals in an Under-18 series against Canada in August to help Team USA top their rivals.

The Under-18 Women’s National Team is coached by Beverly native Jeff Kampersal, who is head coach at Princeton University where Laing’s oldest sister Denna is a two-year captain. Lexie will be joining her other sister, Brianna, at Harvard next year. A freshman goaltender, Brianna has a spotless 4-0 record with three shutouts for the Crimson (16-2-2 overall and ranked No. 5 nationally).

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Peabody girls hockey is holding a fundraiser at McVann-O’Keefe Rink on March 1. The team will be collecting electronics recyclables including TVs ($25 below 27 inches, $30 above 27 inches), wood consoles ($35), projection TVs ($35), computer monitors and laptops ($15), phones ($5) and other appliances ($15). For more information, contact Christine at 781-580-9227 or K_Ctravers@juno.com.

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