Girls’ hockey: Concord rallies twice for 10th straight win

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Monitor staff

Published: 02-09-2023 7:56 PM

CONCORD – The Concord High girls’ hockey team didn’t look like a squad that had won nine straight games during the first period on Wednesday at Everett Arena. The Crimson Tide appeared lethargic and a step slow against St. Thomas-Winnacunnet-Dover.

But like it’s done several times this year, Concord turned it on after the first 15 minutes and ultimately won, 4-3, with 52 seconds remaining in overtime on a goal from Andie Moreira, keeping the win streak alive.

A win felt almost improbable after the Tide (11-2-0) fell behind 2-0 by the 9:03 mark of the second stanza because of the strong play of St. Thomas goalie Diana Pivirotto. Concord also couldn’t sustain much offensive zone time.

Yet, after St. Thomas’ Isabella Carey was assessed a penalty for checking at 12:00, the Tide’s Leah Beauregard responded with a power-play goal 18 seconds later to cut the deficit in half.

Then in the third, Beauregard found the back of the net again, slipping a shot past Pivirotto to even the score at 8:00. The Tide took the lead 4:18 later when Addison Twyon scored on a tip-in off a shot from Moreira.

St. Thomas (7-4-2) promptly responded with a goal from Christianne Trudel at 13:54, sending the game into an extra eight minutes. That’s when a shot from Moreira deflected off the skate of a St. Thomas player into the back of the net for the game-winner.

“This win is on the girls,” Concord head coach Tim Herbert said.

“They worked hard for it, and they did what they needed to do to get it.”

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It surely wasn’t an easy one, especially with the hole the Tide dug itself into, but the resilience this team has displayed throughout the season shined through once again on Wednesday.

And it took comprehensive performances up and down the roster to get the job done.

“Leah Beauregard tonight, she had a standout game,” Herbert said. “In the end, even though she had nothing to do with that last goal, they were so worried about her they didn’t see the shot coming from the point.

“Sophia Branch gave us a ton of time on the ice with some of the PKs we had. Taylor Lamb in net, she made some huge saves. Greta Norton, our defenseman as well, she played a ton of minutes, but she went out there and had big roles when we were in the defensive zone and we needed a goal or we needed to hold them to get into overtime.”

Looking more broadly at the long win streak, Herbert cites his team’s growing consistency as the key ingredient to the success. He knows when his team executes the game plan, it’ll always have a great chance to come away with a win.

Now in first place in the Division I standings, the Tide have five games left on the schedule, including a rematch with St. Thomas on Saturday in the second leg of a home-and-home.

Herbert wants to see the team’s consistency continue, while he also hopes his players start to puck-watch a little less while on the ice.

“We need to continue to work at crashing the net, supporting our puck carrier,” he said. “They’re doing the right things now, and I just think they consistently do those right things, and that’s all we’ll need.”

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