BY KENNETH SCOTT // MARCH 1, 2015 //
Multiple checks were dished out during Saturday’s Curry-Wentworth game. A majority of them were body shots, but Curry also delivered a reality check and wasted little time doing so.
Curry scored four goals in the first 10 minutes en route to an 8-4 victory in the ECAC Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinal. The victory was Curry’s sixth in a row, after losing its previous four.
“It was the difference in the game,” said Curry coach TJ Manastersky, whose team improved to 15-9-2 on the season with the home win. “You prepare for a one-goal game and then this happens.”
Curry junior Shane Harrington turned in the first goal at the 1:06 point in the first period, and then the floodgates opened. Teammates Dan McGinnis, Braenden Rudd and Chris Mason all added goals (Harrington assisted on two of them) before Wentworth freshman Erik Anderson turned in the first of his two goals in the game.
Curry senior Jordan Reed and freshman Adam Valadao scored in the second period to put Curry ahead 6-1. Wentworth added three goals in the third period to make things interesting, but the Colonels added two empty-net goals late in the third, by freshman Phil Kiss and junior Ryan Gay.
The game got chippy toward the end, as three 10-minute misconduct penalties were doled out in the third period. Curry earned two of these, including an early exit for freshman Adam DiBrina.
“You don’t need any of that; we need to react better,” said Manastersky.
The Colonels advance to the conference semifinals in Harrisville, R.I., where they will face Nichols College on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:10 p.m.
The Colonels netted their first win of the season when senior goalie Derek Mohney allows three goals or more.
Curry sophomore James Murphy had three assists Saturday night, giving him seven assists in the last five games. Murphy is tied with Jake Heisinger for the team lead in assists with 15.
When Curry last played Nichols, on Feb. 4, the Bisons won 5-0. Curry also lost to Nichols earlier in the season, 4-1. The Bisons are the top seed in the ECAC Northeast tournament, with Curry ranked fourth.