SALEM — There are going to be nights over a course of a season when a team just doesn’t have any jump in its step.
That was certainly the case for the Marblehead girls yesterday at Rockett Arena, where the Lady Headers couldn’t shake off a sluggish start and had their four game unbeaten streak snapped by visiting Gardner, 6-1.
“Something seemed off. There wasn’t a lot of chatter before the game or in warm-ups,” said Marblehead coach Emily Hudak. “There was something off with our energy and it carried into the game.”
Marblehead (6-5-1) came into the game having scored 23 goals over its four game unbeaten streak but was held to its lowest scoring total of the season by the tireless, tenacious Gardner defense. The Wildcats (5-2) limited Marblehead to just 11 shots on goal through the first two periods while building a 4-1 lead, and also held the hosts 0-for-5 on the power play.
“We’re a great defensive team and we’ve had some trouble scoring, so this was a good game for us,” said Gardner coach Marc Berube. “We’re starting to understand some things and get going. We have a great bunch of kids having fun out there.”
Gardner carried play in the first and got on the board with 2:13 left in the period on Emily O’Reilly’s marker. The Wildcats poured it on in the second, scoring twice in two minutes on goals by Lisa Kilroy (with 11:09 left) and Kristi Anderson (with 9:11 left) to take control, 3-0.
“We were standing around watching and we don’t want to do that. We have to be the proactive team, making the opponent make mistakes,” said Hudak. “We had too many breakdowns, things like putting our heads down so they could stickhandle around us and not getting the puck out of the zone.”