CHS track teams defeat Northeast, remain undefeated
Both the Chelsea High boys (2-0) and girls (3-0) indoor track and field teams defeated Northeast Regional Vocational School last Wednesday to maintain their unbeaten status thus far this season.
Standout performers for coach Cesar Hernandez’s Red Devils were:
Justin Turner winning the two-mile;
the 4 x 400 relay team winning its race to clinch the meet; and
Jazmany Reyes outrunning the field in the one-mile.
On the girls’ side, the top performances were:
Stephanie Simon winning the hurdles;
Jocelyn Poste capturing the 600 dash;
Yarelis Torres taking the 1000;
Yarid Deras topping the field in the two-mile run; and
the victory in the 4 x 400 relay.
Hernandez and his crew were set to be back in action yesterday (Wednesday) against Greater Lowell.
Bruins head into All-Star break
At press time Wednesday, the Bruins were in Philadelphia, being hosted by the Flyers who once again are struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, just a point shy of the Ottawa Senators, for the last spot in the East. This is the start of three games in four nights for the Bruins, as they head into the All-Star break. With Philadelphia’s recent win over the Minnesota Wild, their record for last ten games stood at 2-7-1, coming into the Bruins’ matchup, and a 17-23-6 record to date. For Boston, they were still smarting from their Monday night overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Despite having outplayed Montreal, the Bruins came up short due to their multitude of costly mistakes throughout the game, fortunate that David Krejci’s game-tying goal with less than a minute to play earned them a single point.
For Boston it’s right back to TD Garden ice tonight (Thursday at 7 p.m.) as they host the St. Louis Blues in a back-to-back game, the Blues are also currently out of a playoff spot, 5-4-1 last ten, and 20-20-5 overall. Jaroslav Halak is expected in goal for Boston, giving Tuukka Rask a well-deserved rest, while he continues to chase former Bruins legendary goaltender Tiny Thompson by one win, for most wins by a Bruins goaltender (252). The Bs will have a day off on Friday, before returning to the ice on Saturday at 7 p.m. to take on the New York Rangers and former Bruin Adam McQuaid. Rangers coach David Quinn has appeared frustrated at times during his transition from the Boston University bench to that of the Broadway Blueshirts, and the National Hockey League, as New York undergoes their promised rebuilding. The Rangers have played better on home ice, sporting a record of 12-6-5, but have struggled immensely on the road putting up a mere 7-14-2 record.
Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has recalled forward Peter Cehlarik from Providence in an attempt to possibly bolster the Krejci line. Cehlarik is tied for the team lead in scoring with the Providence Bruins this season, scoring 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 37 games. This is the third call-up opportunity for the 6’ 2,” 205-pound Slovakia native who was selected by Boston in the third round (90th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The waiver wire had the Bruins announcing that forward Colby Cave has been picked up by the Edmonton Oilers. Cave recently scored his first goal for the Bruins this season, along with four assists, and five points in 20 games with Boston. Word out of Edmonton had Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock indicating that Cave will be in the lineup quickly, at the center position, and will wear Number 12 for Edmonton.
David Pastrnak will, for the first time in his career, represent the Boston Bruins at the 2019 NHL All-Star game in San Jose, California. Pastrnak at this writing leads the Bruins in scoring this season with 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points in 46 appearances. He is the first Bruins player to reach the 50-point milestone within the team’s first 40 games of the season since Marc Savard in 2006-07. The 22-year-old Havirov, Czech Republic native was originally selected by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In a rare change in programming, this year’s event will be played on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. EST, instead of the usual Sunday date, with the Skills Competition moved from its traditional Saturday night to Friday, Jan. 25. Interesting fact: This year’s All-Star game uniforms were created by Adidas, and their partner, environmental organization Parley for the Oceans who produces products made with plastic ocean debris. In addition, for the first time, these uniforms will feature each player’s respective team logo on the front instead of the NHL shield or conference logo.
Mark your calendars…Feb. 7, as Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with The Boston Bruins Foundation and 98.5 The Sports Hub for the annual ‘Pucks & Paddles Ping Pong Tournament. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at Royale Boston (279 Tremont Street, Boston). Fans will have the opportunity to bid on a chance to play doubles Ping-Pong with select Bruins players, including Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and David Pastrnak. Bidding opened Monday (Jan. 14) and remains live until Friday, February 1st. Bids can be placed at www.BruinsAuctions.org. All proceeds raised will benefit Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Tickets to attend the event are available for purchase at www.BostonBruins.com/PingPong: VIP ($200) and General Admission ($50). General Admission tickets do not include player meet-and-greets.