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Nipmuc's Tyler Peabody was the highest scorer on the Northbridge hockey team, part of a multi-school coop. He is also the 5th highest point scorer in the state and holds the state record for six hat tricks. Contributed photo

Nipmuc's Peabody Sets Scoring Record

Tyler Peabody already had one goal against Nashoba when he skated down the left side of the ice and into the offensive zone. He cut towards the middle of the ice and buried a wrist shot in the top left corner of the net for his 34th goal on the season, the most in the history of the Northbridge hockey program.
"At the beginning of the season I had a deal with my coach," said the Nipmuc senior, who plays for Northbridge as part of a multi-school hockey co-op. "He said he would give me an award if I got 30 goals for the season. As I got closer, I asked him what the goal record was, and I decided I would try to get it."
Peabody finished the regular season with 36 goals, three more than the record set by Daniel Bednarik during the 2008-2009 season. He also finished the year with a state record six hat tricks, highlighted by a five goal, seven-point game against Tyngsboro in December. Peabody was the 5th highest point scorer in the state this season.
"He's the number one guy to mention when you talk about our team this year," said Northbridge head coach Greg Ostopowich. "He set a school record for a program that goes back 20 years."
Peabody is a 6'0" 185 pound center who cites his ability to out-muscle other players and his quick hands as his biggest assets when it comes to scoring. He also credits his time playing with the Mass Jr. Lightning over the summer." [Playing for the Lightning] was a great experience, it got my game a lot better," he said. "We were a good team that won the league championship and it was a great bunch of guys. Playing for that team helped me get my speed up and helped my shooting skills and physicality."
Peabody has been playing hockey since he was four years old. He models his game after his favorite player, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and says his favorite part about the game is getting to play with his teammates in Northbridge. "I love it, we all get along so well together, it's a great team to play for," he said. "Everyone works together and works really hard in practice, I love all of those guys and I am glad I get to go out there every game and fight hard with them to try to win the game."
The camaraderie extends beyond the ice. "Some of my best friends are on this team," said Peabody. "We all do pasta dinners, hang out outside of hockey, sit together at lunch, it's almost like a family."
Not surprisingly, the team's head coach has high praise for his top goal scorer. "Tyler's one of the best forwards in the area, he could play for any high school in the state," said Ostopowich. "I am hoping he can continue to play next year. He's someone that schools will want to take a look at for next year."
Peabody says he is looking to play at either the varsity or the club level in college. He says he is considering Endicott and Westfield State. "Wherever I go, I just want to make sure I am playing hockey," he said. "I just love the game, I don't want to stop playing."




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