By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

PEABODY — On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day afternoon, the Peabody-Lynnfield-North-Reading High co-op girls’ hockey team hammered visiting Medford-Malden, 8-1, at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody.

With that victory, the Tanners improved to 5-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Northeast Hockey League.

PLNR came out like a house on fire as they led 6-1 after the first period.

“We took off really quickly,” said Tanners head coach Michelle Roach. “It was good considering what happened in the game before.”

Shirley Whitmore led the team in goals with two while Catherine Sweeney (Lynnfield) had a goal and two assists. Lauryn Miller, also from Lynnfield, scored her first varsity goal and she had one assist.

Freshman Alexa Pepper also scored her first career goal.

Other Tanner scorers were Penny Spack, Catie Kampersal (Lynnfield) and Jenna DiNapoli.

After a scoreless second period, the Tanners scored their two other goals.

All eight goals were even-strength.

Tanner goalie Audrey Buckley improved to 2-1-1 in net.

“We had 11 different players get points and I am ecstatic about that,” stated Roach.

The news was not as good on Jan. 12 as the Tanners lost 3-1 at home to Malden Catholic in a non-league game.

After a scoreless first period, DiNapoli tipped home a Spack shot to give the locals a 1-0 lead 1:13 into the second period.

The Lancers tied it up later on in the first as Antonia DiZoglio scored with 35 seconds remaining.

With 11:39 left in the game, the guests scored on an own goal as a Tanner defender mistakenly put the puck into her own net

With a little over a minute left, Roach pulled goalie Alyse Mutti (3-1) for the extra skater. The Tanners had some chances late but the Lancers scored an empty-net goal by Bella Gillis with 10 seconds left seconds to close the door.

“We were rusty with the 12-day layoff,” explained Roach. “They have a good team and I think we learned a lesson from this game.”

The Lancers outshot the Tanners 23-21 as Mutti made 20 stops.

On Jan. 19, the Tanners host Newburyport at 5:15 p.m. They then host Masconomet at noon on Jan. 22 looking for the season sweep over the Chieftains.

It was also announced last week that Roach was named the MIAA 2020-2021 girls hockey Coach of the Year.

“I found out last Thursday and it is a great honor,” said Roach. “I didn’t even know I was nominated but to get this award is really cool.”