Saturday, March 15, 2008

More milestones for Mac

Last night’s 5-3 win over UM-Lowell in the first game of the Hockey East quarterfinal series featured a 3-point night for Pete MacArthur and some news milestones for the Terrier captain. He moved into a tie with two-time All American Herb Wakabayashi for 19th on the BU career scoring charts with 145. His 18th and 19th goals of the season raised his career total to #62, tied for 28th with Carl Corazzini. NESN Video highlights.

Game 2 of the series is a 7 p.m. start tonight with senior Karson Gillespie in goal for BU.

Goalie Kieran Millan’s Spruce Grove Saints are becoming the Cinderella story of the AJHL playoffs. After losing all six regular season games with Grand Prairie and then dropping the first two in the second round playoff series, Millan has backstopped the Saints to three straight wins, including last nights’s 3-2 overtime victory.

But for the Stouffville Spirit, it was the end of the line as they were eliminated by Aurora, 3-2 in overtime, from the OPJHL playoffs, despite the efforts of Corey Trivino and Ethan Werek. Trivino had a goal and an assist, bringing his team-leading post-season totals to 5-17-22. Werek, who edged out his future Terrier teammate by one point in regular season scoring (70 to 69), assisted on both Spirit goals.

Chris Connolly’s 24th goal of the season, in Omaha’s 5-2 loss to Waterloo last night gives him 52 points in 52 games, good for eighth on the USHL leader board. Who’s in first? Chris’ younger brother Jack, a Minnesota-Duluth recruit. Earlier in the week Connolly had two assists and a key shoot out goal in a sdsdsd win.

Curry speaks and fights (sort of)

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins fans are learning what BU fans know well: that John Curry is a superb and clutch puckstopper. Curry turned in another strong effort last night in a 4-1 win over Bridgeport, boosting his record to 18-8-2, to go with a 2.15 GAA. They’ve also learned that fighting is not Curry's strong suit, as this video clip demonstrates. With 7 ½ minutes left in the third period, a fight broke out and Curry skated out of his crease to square off with the Sound Tigers' goalie and the results weren’t pretty for the ex-Terrier All-American. Lost the fight (but not the game) and received a game misconduct for his trouble. Curry assesses his first pro season in a Q&A interview from the Pens Web site.

Catching up with a few other alums

Sean Sullivan, BU’s captain in 2006-07, spent much of the early season in the ECHL, but has been recalled to San Antonio, the Coyotes’s AHL franchise. In 27 starts, Sullivan has four assists.

David VanderGulik, in his second season in the Flames organization has reached the 30-point mark for Quad City.

Ken Roche, who began the season playing for Joe Sacco on the new Lake Erie Monsters club, now is skating in the ECHL for the Johnstown Chief, recording 17 points in 21 games.

Another 2007 grad, Kevin Schaeffer began his pro career with Reading in the EHL, but was acquired by the Bruins’ AHL club in Providence in December. Kevin has a goal and an assist in 24 games with the P-Bruins

Much traveled Tom Poti is thriving in Washington with the surging Capitals, after several seasons in New York with both the Rangers and Islanders.

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