Sophomore Anna O’Neill lifted the sixth-ranked Beverly girls’ hockey team to a 4-3 victory over No. 7 Woburn, netting the winning power-play goal with 1:54 left in the contest Saturday night in Woburn.
With the Tanners down a man, O’Neill won possession of a rebound and drilled the backhanded goal from six feet away as the Panthers improved to 12-2-1.
"It was a great goal and it was a good learning experience. We worked hard down the stretch and luckily we got that win against a top 10 team,” said Beverly coach Brian Seabury.
The Panthers lead, 3-1, after the second period but Woburn shot out of the gates in the third period and scored two goals 22 seconds apart to tie the game. Emily Lissner struck first with 5:56 to play off of a rebound and soon after Ashley Moran scored a backhanded goal on a partial breakaway with 5:34 to go and tied it up.
“We were a little disappointed because we were cruising along and we gave up some opportunities,” said Seabury. “We were playing great up until that point. After they [Woburn] took a timeout we tried to do what we did from the start and tighten it up defensively and made sure we take care of our own end and we managed to score on that power play.”
Eight-grade forward Julia Nearis scored the Panther’s first goal 20 seconds into game off of a chip shot near the net and later scored off of a rebound from senior center Nicole Woods. Junior forward Karen Hovey put the Panthers up 3-1 to start the third after drilling a rebound from junior forward Izzy Straw.
Eight-grade goalie Madison Jalbert finished with 18 saves. The Panthers face Winthrop/Lynn Monday at 6 p.m..
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