EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 16, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Bill Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ‘Pie’ in Methuen

Johnny “Pie” McKenzie, who spent 21 seasons in professional hockey, will be signing autographs tomorrow in Methuen. But it was the seven seasons with the Boston Bruins, including two when they won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972, that has defined his career.

The show is at the Gaythorne Knights of Columbus at 462 Broadway (behind Dunkin Donuts on Route 28, near the Salem, N.H. line). McKenzie will be signing from autographs from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $12 per autograph. Over 40 dealer tables of sports memorabilia will be displayed. The card show runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Admission to the show is $2. For more information, contact Vic Andreoli at 508-265-4440.

HE goalie awards

”Stop It Goaltending,” which is based out of North Andover and run by president Brian Daccord, has become sponsor of Hockey East’s Goaltender of the Month Award and the end-of-the-year Goaltending Champion Award.

”Stop It Goaltending” has been developing goalies since 1999 and operates out of five locations across Massachusetts. SIG trains goaltenders from the youth level, including 26 youth hockey organizations, to college and pro goaltenders such as Boston College alum and current Vancouver Canuck Cory Schneider. “Stop It Goaltending” offers year-round private lessons, summer camps, video and consulting services and operates a goalie consignment store.

Daccord, a North Andover resident, is the founder of Stop It Goaltending and is a former coach and goaltender at Merrimack College.

Astro bowlers lead way

The Pinkerton Academy ten-pin bowling team heads into today’s state championship as the favorites after taking home the regular season honors among the 11 teams competing this season.

Led by senior Nick Stilian, a senior, who topped all bowlers with a 221.22 average — the second most was Shawn Fitzpatrick of Stevens High at 199.81 — this season.

Pinkerton junior Zakk Salvo was third overall this winter with an average of 187.21.

The schools competing today will be Pinkerton, Stevens, Merrimack, Souhegan, Raymond, Sanborn, Laconia, Keene, Hollis/Brookline, Goffstown and Spaulding, consisting of 170 boys and girls overall.

The N.H. state individual championships will be next Saturday.

Merrimack baseball opens

Under the guidance of third-year head coach Jim Martin, the Merrimack baseball team officially opens up the 2013 season this weekend, as the Warriors travel to Morehead City, N.C., taking on Felician College, Molloy and Southern Connecticut State at Big Rock Stadium over a two-day set.

The Warriors will be looking to build on last year’s 17-win campaign with hopes to returning to the Northeast-10 Conference Championships for the first time since the 2010 season. Merrimack graduated just one of the team’s top six hitters from last spring while also returning four of the top five pitchers, as well.

Among the returnees is sophomore Dionys Quezada of Lawrence. He is expected to handle a bulk of the work at catcher.

Lobsters acquire Philippoussis

The Boston Lobsters acquired the former No. 8 world ranked Mark Philippoussis from the Philadelphia Freedoms of the Mylan World Team Tennis league.

“I’m excited to be playing for the Lobsters,” Philippoussis says. “They have always had strong teams in the past, as well as positive energy. I love the Boston area. It reminds me a bit of Melbourne, Australia, especially when I see the trams go by.”

The 36-year-old Philippoussis is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up — US Open in 1998 and Wimbledon in 2003 — with 11 titles and victories over Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. He also helped his native Australia win two Davis Cups. He’ll join the Lobsters for at least three matches.

The Lobsters moved from Ferncroft Country Club to the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, Mass. The season begins in July. For more information go to www.bostonlobsters.net.