The Winthrop Lady Bulldogs hockey team maintained its undefeated record with a 1-1 tie against Marblehead Saturday. Junior captain Taylor Brown, a defenseman, scored the tying goal in the second period, with Capt. Lindsey Barker and McKenzie Clark being credited with the assists.
The Lady Bulldogs, who now stand at 2-0-2 on the season, managed to hold on for the tie despite being whistled for 11 penalties in the game, six of which came in the third period.
â€œOur primary penalty killing unit did a great job for us,â€ said WHS head coach Anthony Martucci of the quartet of forwards Caroline McKinnon (a 7th grader) and senior Rachel Mailhot and defensemen Brown and sophomore Amanda Cordes. â€œWith six penalties in that final period, they saw a lot of action.â€
Martucci also had superlative comments for his goalie, Katie Burt, a 7th grader from Lynn, who made 38 stops on the night, which came on the heels of her 40 save performance in a 0-0 tie with Beverly in the Lady Bulldogsâ€™ previous contest.
â€œKatie is a great athlete who has been phenomenal for us. She really held the fort in the third period when it seemed we were shorthanded for the entire period,â€ said Martucci.
The Winthrop team, which consists of a combination of girls primarily from Winthrop and Lynn, obtained a waiver from the Winthrop School Department to permit middle school girls to play. In addition to McKinnon, other Winthrop middle schoolers on the squad are Anna Fucillo and Annie Mahoney. â€œThey all are making substantial contributions,â€ noted Martucci. â€œThey have been a very positive addition to the team this year.â€
The Lady Bulldogs next have Masconomet Regional, a North Cape League rival, for a home-and-home series, with Winthrop playing Masco at Gov. Dummer Academy this Wednesday and Masco coming to Larsen next Wednesday (January 6) with a face off time of 6:10. The Lady Bulldogs also will host Peabody in between the Masco tilts this Saturday at Larsen at 1:30.