Lady Tanners hockey team falls short of tourney goal
The Peabody girls’ hockey team was looking to add a third first-time accomplishment to its 2016-17 list last Wednesday, March 1, at 14th-seeded Arlington. But a first-ever Div. I playoff win was not in the cards as the 19th-seeded Tanners dropped a 5-1 preliminary-round decision to the host Spy Ponders.
Peabody had notched its first regular-season winning record and earned its first playoff appearance by shutting out Melrose in its final regular season contest. Last week’s playoff defeat left the Tanners at 9-9-3 for the entire season.
In the playoff loss, Peabody goalie Abigail Buckley was stellar once again by stopping 38 of 43 shots and keeping her team within shouting distance. Offensively, the Tanners managed just 11 shots on goal but did have a couple of quality scoring bids go wide of the net.
Peabody head coach Michelle Roach praised Buckley’s play. “There’s not enough good things I can say about her,” Roach told the press after the game. “Two of the goals she didn’t see. She got beat up a little at times, but she still found a way to keep us in it.”
Sammy Mirasolo, Carolyn Garofoli and Elise Murphy each came close to tallying for the Tanners, whose only score came on a Jess Robert power-play goal off assists from Garofoli and Murphy six minutes into the third period. That score made it 2-1 briefly before Arlington scored the final three times, including two empty netters in the final minute, to account for the final result. Roach also credited Caroline Buckley, Hanni Aylward, Kaydee Purcell and Mae Norton with strong games.
The Tanners are losing seniors Caroline Buckley, Murphy, Aylward, Erin Hunter and Jillian McCormick. “It’s a little bittersweet. We did some big things this year, but we’re losing five great kids,” Roach said of the senior players. “They helped us set a great foundation and they’ve been tremendous leaders. They’ve been so reliable on and off the ice.”
By Greg Phipps
Two corrections officers sentenced for smuggling drugs into Middleton Jail
Two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional Facility were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston for their involvement with smuggling Suboxone into the Essex County House of Corrections–Middleton for inmates. Katherine Sullivan, 32, of Londonderry, N.H., was sentenced on March 2 by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 36 months of probation and 120 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. In November 2016, Sullivan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with inmates to distribute Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, between October and December 2015.
In January 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns sentenced John S. Weir, 34, of Danvers, Mass., to the same sentence after Weir pleaded guilty to conspiring with inmates to distribute Suboxone between September and November 2014. Both Sullivan and Weir have resigned from their positions as corrections officers.
Investigations revealed that Weir and Sullivan obtained Suboxone strips from sources outside the jail and smuggled the contraband into the facility when reporting for their shifts. Inmates receiving the Suboxone from Weir and Sullivan then sold the drug to other prisoners inside the jail.
Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger said, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior and we will take swift and decisive action in all cases.”
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Bloomer of Weinreb’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the cases.