Bruins home – marathon on horizon
January proved to be a rewarding month for the Bruins, as they earned 19 of the 24 points in the dozen games played. A big part of the team’s success was the consistent play of goaltender Tuukka Rask who managed to bear just one regulation loss. Rask’s play got league recognition, as he was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month, for the month of January. Rask’s 7-1-3 numbers included a blanking against the New York Rangers, stopping all 30 shots he faced. During the 11 games played, he allowed a meager 18 goals, good enough for a paltry 1.64 goals-against-average, and a healthy .949 save-percentage. For 2014-15, Rask has put together a record of 22-11-7, posting a 2.31 goals-against-average, with a .921 save-percentage.
The Bruins played the New York Rangers last night (Wednesday) as the Record went to press, following that game they will have two days without games, before returning to Garden ice to face two of the NHL’s top teams. For the second time in a bit over a week, the B’s will take on the surprising New York Islanders with former Bruin, Johnny Boychuk, (Saturday (2/7 @ 7:00pm). The Isles are currently leading the Metropolitan Division, and are holding on to the number three spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
On Sunday (2/8 @ 7:30pm) Boston will play what will surely be an intensely contested game, with their not-so-friendly division rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal is in a constant battle with Detroit and Tampa for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, as well as in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bruins’ three-game homestand will finish up with another former Bruin, Tyler Seguin, who returns to the Garden with the Dallas Stars for a Tuesday (2/10 @ 7:00pm) contest. Dallas continues to fight for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs, as they are presently at the bottom of the Central Division.
BOSTON MARATHON BOOST…
On Monday, April 20th, runners in the 119th Boston Marathon will have the chance to use an innovative, new running shoe, created by adidas. The date of February 11 has been selected by adidas to unveil their highly touted running shoe, the Ultra BOOST. A running shoe so technically-advanced, that brings unprecedented comfort and energy to runners. The full-length BOOST midsole is comprised of 3,000 energy capsules – 20 percent more than any shoe to date. The carefully engineered Primeknit upper provides a precision fit and maximum breathability, while the midsole technology returns energy with each step. The Ultra BOOST was recently announced in New York in response to the world’s athletes calling for more Energy. Eric Liedtke, adidas executive board member stated, “adidas has raised the industry standard with BOOST and will continue blazing a path in Energy Running for those who dare to follow.”
A Stretch Web outsole with a perforated, elastic design puts runners closer to the BOOST cushioning, allowing them to maximize the energy-return benefits. A new heel construction comfortably cradles the foot and adjusts to the Achilles tendon’s natural movement. For a customized fit and feel, a new, featherweight sock liner adapts to runners’ individual foot forms. Ultra BOOST also boasts a new dual-density TORSION® SYSTEM, embedded into the shoe’s base. This allows for more independent movements between the heel and forefoot, giving runners superior stability and a smooth, controlled run.
To confirm Ultra BOOST can deliver ultimate comfort and energy return mile after mule, adidas put the shoe through the ARAMIS testing system most commonly used by institutions including NASA, Boeing and Audi. Ben Herath, vice president of design for adidas Running commented, “While we’ve taken innovation to the next level, the sleek silhouette of Ultra BOOST is built to look as good as it performs.” Could be a difference maker!
Boys hoop team
tops Lynn Tech
The Chelsea High boys basketball team managed to get in one game this past week in between Mother Nature’s fury, defeating Lynn Tech 56-50 Friday.
After a 9-9 deadlock through the first quarter, the Red Devils grabbed a 24-20 lead at the half which they soon expanded to a 15 point advantage after the intermission. With the Chelsea lead still in the mid-double digits by the mid-point of the final frame, CHS head coach turned to his back-up players to close out the contest.
Angel Alvarez led the CHS offensive effort with 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Captain Eric Flores reached double figures with 13 points. Moises Casado and Dom Hightower both chipped in seven points each, followed by Eric Fernandez with four, Albie Alicea with three, Chris Torres with two, and Guillermo Zelata with a free throw.
Seigal and his Red Devils, who now stand at 6-6 on the season and need four more wins in their final eight games to qualify for the state tourney, have a busy week ahead as they wrap up the 2015 campaign. They were set to host Arlington Catholic last night (Wednesday) and entertain North Shore Tech tomorrow at 5:30. They trek to Arlington Catholic Monday for a make-up game and make the short trip to Revere next Wednesday night.
CHS track teams
do well at GBL Meet
The Chelsea High boys and girls indoor track teams competed in the GBL championship at the Reggie Lewis center Saturday and turned in a number of fine individual and relay performances.
Topping the list of medalists for the Chelsea squads was the 4 x 400 relay quartet of Mariama Kamara, Martine Simon, Owliyo Muhammad, and Katherine Cabral, who outran the field to take first place in a time of 4:29.37, which also was a season’s best for the Lady Red Devil foursome. Impressively, their victory in the 4 x 400 came just 20 minutes after they had attained a second place ribbon in the 4 x 200 with a clocking of 1:52.12, which was another’s season’s best.
The 18 points scored by the relayers paced the Chelsea girls to an overall team finish of third place behind Malden and Somerville. Wendy Becerra led the list of individual point-scorers for Chelsea with 12 points. Wendy finished second in the two mile run with a PR of 14:45.75 and then came back to take fourth in the mile with a time of 6:32.39.
“It was a great day for Wendy, who showed a ton of mental and physical toughness by completing the most difficult double possible on the track,” said CHS head coach Mark Martineau.
Other pointer-scorers for the Lady Red Devils were: Katherine Cabral, who finished second in the 300 with a personal record (PR) time of 43.20; Mariama Kamara, who grabbed second in the 55 meter dash with a PR sprint of 7.55; Owliyo Muhammad, who took fourth in the 600 dash with a PR of 1:49.86; Jasmin Castillion, who nabbed fifth in the shot-put with a toss of 26’-9.25”; and the 4 x 800 relay team of Hassatu Dialo, Eva Hernandez, Emely Burgos, and Tiana Jursic, who brought home fourth-place ribbons.
“This was a great finish for the girls who moved up from their fourth place dual-meet standing,” said Martineau of his Lady Red Devils, who finished third among the six teams at the meet. “There were many great performances all around. As a team we have a lot to look forward to this coming spring and beyond. The girls are not losing a single point scorer this season due to graduation.”
The indoor season continues for Kamara (55 dash), Cabral (300), and both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relay teams, who will compete at the state division meet February 12.
“This is a great opportunity for these girls who have worked hard all season to make some noise on the state level,” noted Martineau.
On the boys’ side, Cris Sanyet was a double-medalist, finishing third in the 300 with a PR of 37.67 and also taking fifth spot in the long jump with a leap of 17’-5”. Jeffrey Estrada likewise scored points for the Chelsea cause in two events with a third in the 600 in 1:30.33 and a sixth in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.98. Brian Horn finished sixth in the 1000 with a personal best time of 3:02.36
The CHS 4 x 800 foursome of Sam Hernandez, Ronald Castro, Horn, and Cris Lemus achieved the top finish for Chelsea with a relay that was good for second place.
Sanyet will be competing in the state division championship February 12.
“The boys’ team had a good first season,” said Martineau. “We have many talented athletes and hope to add more as we build the program.”
Both teams will have their end-of-season banquet March 6 at the Residence Inn.