ALYSE MUTTI (NRHS) and the PLNR girls’ hockey team concluded their regular season with a 16-4 record and a Northeastern Hockey League title. The Tanners opened their state tournament on Wednesday night against Winchester after press time. (Eric Evans File Photo)

 

 

State Tournament updates after press time:
PLNR defeats Winchester 1-0 in first round (February 28)
PLNR defeats Pope Francis 2-1 in Sweet 16 (March 3)

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By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

PEABODY — In their final game of the regular season on Feb. 21, the North Reading- Lynnfield-Peabody High co-op girls’ hockey team was edged by guest Haverhill-Pentucket-North Andover, 2-1, at the McVann-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody.

With the non-league defeat, the Tanners ended the year at 16-4 while HPNA improved to 8-9-3.

This game was scoreless heading into the third period. Ava Buckley got the locals on the scoreboard 1:06 into the third on the power play. Daniella White assisted.

However, Mia Kmiec tied it assisted by Gabriele Locke and Quinn Bennett with 8:06 remaining. Paige Nottingham turned out to be the hero for the visitors scoring the game-winning goal with .6:34 remaining. Gabby Harty assisted.

The Tanners out-shot HPNR, 31-23, as Tanner goalie, Alyse Mutti made 21 saves. Mutti is from North Reading.

The loss snapped the Tanners thee-game winning streak.

 

PLNR’s region of the Div. 1 girls’ hockey bracket. The No. 9 Tanners hosted No. 24 Winchester on Wednesday after press time. The winner moves on to the Sweet 16 where they will play the winner of No. 8 Pope Francis vs. No. 25 Arlington. (MIAA.net)

 

On Feb. 19, the Tanners shutout non-league Bishop Fenwick, 5-0, also at home.

In the first period, North Reading’s Erin Dee scored assisted by Alexa Pepper (North Reading) and Buckley with 3:08 remaining.

Then, after a scoreless second period, PLNR erupted for four goals in the third period.

Mia Lava got the scoring going 1:47 in assisted by fellow North Reading resident Vanessa Steinmeyer.

With a five-on-three power play, Buckley made it 3-0 assisted by Pepper and Lava with 6:38 left in the game.

Maura Flaws made it 4-0 with 1:44 left assisted by Lava.

The final tally came 24 seconds left as Catie Kampersal lit the lamp assisted by Buckley and Pepper.

Mutti made 14 saves to record her seventh shutout of the season as PLNR out-shot the Crusaders 43-14.

This was the annual Carlin Cup game between the schools which the Tanners have won the past two years.

PLNR is the 9th seed in the MIAA Division 1 state tournament as they hosted No. 24 Winchester on Feb. 28 in the first round (results not available at press time).

The winner would play the winner of the No. 8 Pope Francis vs. No. 25 Arlington game in the Round of 16 (location, date and time unknown as of press time).