The Everett High girls hockey team enjoyed its best week of the season with a pair of convincing wins over Peabody and Wilmington last week.
A 6-1 triumph over Peabody was not as close as the final score might indicate, as the Lady Crimson Tide dominated the contest from the outset and never were seriously threatened.
Sophomore Meghan Price potted two goals; senior captain Sam Rebello had a goal and an assist; freshman Gabby Ramunno chipped in with a goal and two assists; Nikki Martinelli accounted for a goal and an assist; and freshman Rebecca Westgate notched her first varsity goal.
EHS head coach Joe McLaughlin used every player on his bench “and everybody contributed,” said the coach. “It was a total team effort up and down the ice and at both ends.” Among those notably seeing action for the first time this season was sophomore goalie Jackie Steeves, who spelled starting goalie Kristy Welch for the entire third period, turning aside five of the six shots she faced.
“Jackie did a great job, not only because this was her first game, but also because she is so new to the position,” noted McLaughlin.
McLaughlin also was very proud of the way his squad handled themselves against a Peabody team that clearly was overmatched. “This was the first time in my career that a referee came over after a game to compliment a team on its sportsmanship and class,” said the coach.
A few days later, the Lady Crimson Tide dispatched another North Cape Ann League rival, Wilmington, by a 5-1 margin.
Once again, the scoring was spread around, with five Everett players sharing in the goal scoring honors. Senior captain Brittany Delling, Nikki Martinelli (who also was credited with two assists), freshman Alea Martinelli (for whom this was her first varsity goal), Ramunno, and Nicole Flores (who also earned three assists) all took turns lighting the lamp.
Welch was flawless in net until Wilmington ended her shutout bid in the final minute of play.
The twin wins boosted the girls above the .500 mark to 3-2-1. McLaughlin and his crew will be back in action this Saturday afternoon when they host Cambridge at 3:00 at the Everett rink.