By Greg Phipps
After jumping ahead 2-0, the Peabody girls’ hockey team ended having to score a late game-tying goal to earn a 4-4 deadlock against Marshfield last Saturday at McVann-O’Keefe Rink. Jennifer Flynn tallied with just over three minutes left to help the Tanners, who were 6-5-2 overall entering this week’s action, come away with a point. Peabody held a 3-2 lead before Marshfield scored twice to take a 4-3 edge. Sammie Mirasolo scored twice and Jess Robert had the other goal. Sarah Buckley dished out three assists. Goalie Jeny Collins stopped 24 shots.
Coming off their second win of the season over the Beverly Panthers on Jan. 17, Peabody couldn’t carry the energy from that victory to their Jan. 20 matchup with the Winthrop Vikings at McVann-O’Keefe Rink. It started out promisingly for the Tanners when Jess Robert drilled one home off an assist from Sarah Buckley just over four minutes into the first period. But that was the last lead Peabody would enjoy and the last time it would score. The Vikings evened it about two minutes later and erupted for three goals in the second period to forge what proved to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead. Winthrop added another tally to in the third to account for a 5-1 final.
Tanners head coach Michelle Roach said her team needed to display more urgency in the Winthrop loss. “They’re a very good skating team and a well-coached team, but we’re a very good skating team as well,” she said. “We gave up five [goals] tonight. We’ve talked about how we can’t come out flat against good, competitive teams, such as Winthrop, and expect to be successful.”
Peabody had a few excellent chances to make a closer game of it. Sammie Mirasolo was thwarted twice on breakaway bids, one of those during a shorthanded situation in the first period. However, the visitors created a distinct territorial advantage in the second by pinning the Tanners in their own end for the majority of the stanza. That helped result in three goals for Winthrop and a three-goal Viking lead after two periods.
“For some reason, the second period has been a problem for us against Winthrop,” said Roach, whose squad also lost to the Vikings earlier in the season. “We weren’t playing with a sense of urgency. We were getting beat in the one-on-one battles. We got trapped a lot, got real tired, made some mistakes, and they capitalized.”
Roach also pointed out that the team needs to be more consistent from game to game. “That’s what we’re battling right now. We had a great game against Beverly, and we have to take that momentum and keep it going … We’ve got a great club and we have to learn from this,” she said.
Tanner goalies Jeny Collins and Abby Buckley combined for 30 saves in goal, as Peabody was outshot 35-19.
In the Jan. 17 home win over Beverly, a 5-2 triumph, the Tanners scored four times in the third period to break open a close game. It was Peabody’s second triumph over the Panthers this season after never having beaten them before. Sammie Mirasolo tallied twice while Kathryn DiGiulio, Jennifer Flynn and Kaydee Purcell netted the other goals. Mae Norton, Paige Thibodeau and Reilly Ganter had assists.