Offense Powers Hockey in First-Round Win

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.”

Senior captain Jordan Reed was one of eight different players to score in Curry's win over Wentworth.
Senior captain Jordan Reed was one of eight different players to score in Curry’s win over Wentworth.

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.

OFFENSE LEADS
The Colonels netted their first win of the season when senior goalie Derek Mohney allows three goals or more.

HELPING HAND
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.

NICHOLS
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.

 

Curry Improves Playoff Position with Win Over Wentworth

BY DEREK MOHNEY // FEB. 20, 2015 //

The Curry College hockey team entered Wednesday night’s game on the outside of the ECAC Northeast playoff race. But with a 3-0 win over Wentworth, the Colonels vaulted from seventh place to fourth in conference play.

The victory, which Curry coach TJ Manastersky called a “gritty effort,” marked the Colonels’ third win in a row. The game was played at Walter Brown Arena in Boston.

Sean Harrington scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's contest against Wentworth. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS
Shane Harrington scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s contest against Wentworth. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS

Curry (5-6-1; 12-9-2 overall) dominated play in the first period, as it outshot the Leopards 12-3. However, despite multiple power plays, the Colonels could not get one past Wentworth goalie Joel Miller, who made several big saves.

Forward Shane Harrington kicked the scoring off at 10:05 of the second period with a wrist shot from the top of the circle that made its way through a screen and between the glove and pad of Miller. Freshman defenseman Phil Kiss was credited with the assist.

It stayed 1-0 until 3:54 into the third period, when Sean Nelson buried a quick snapshot, with assists from Kiss and freshman forward Ryan Fitzgerald.

Although untested for the majority of the game, sophomore goalie Brett Sinclair made a huge glove save from a point-blank shot at 9:05 in the third. Sinclair finished with 27 saves.

Curry added its third goal when Fitzgerald scored on an empty net while being tripped at 18:29. Wentworth’s Miller finished with 20 saves.

STREAKING
This is the second time this season that the Colonels have won three or more games in a row. Prior to the three-game winning streak, Curry lost four games in a row by a combined score of 15-2.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Curry now sits in fourth place in the ECAC Northeast standings. This gives them home ice advantage for a first-round playoff game. Nichols is at No. 1 with a conference record of 9-1-2, followed by Salve Regina at 9-3-1. However, Johnson & Wales is even with Curry in losses, with a record of 7-6.

Curry and Wentworth are tied at 5-6-1, with the Colonials holding the tie-breaking advantage.

UP NEXT
Curry: At Becker College, Feb. 21 (12:40 p.m.), then vs. Becker College, Feb. 23 (5:40 p.m.), in conference action. Becker is a conference-worst 1-11 this season; 5-18 overall.