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February 13, 2013

Sports in a Minute: Ranger players impressed with Merrimack College

IMPRESSED WITH MERRIMACK

Merrimack College and Boston College will battle for first place in Hockey East on Friday night at Lawler Arena.

And former Boston College star and current New York Rangers center Brian Boyle certainly is impressed with how much the Merrimack program has improved since his days at BC.

Boyle, who played for BC from 2003-06, said Merrimack wasn’t a pushover then.

“We would go there and play and I feel like they would give us fits when we’d go there,” Boyle said. “There weren’t too many easy games in Hockey East. I think since coach (Mark) Dennehy has been there, he has done a great job. That’s great for the league that they are having some success.”

Boxford’s Chris Kreider, who won a national title with BC last year and also plays for the Rangers, said about Merrimack: “They’ve always had good teams here and there. But they are kind of stringing (success) together now. ... Dennehy’s done a really good job there.”

Dennehy won three Hockey East regular season titles with BC and was on the Eagles’ 1989-90 Hockey East championship team.

GUIDI GETTING IT DONE

Rivier women’s basketball team lost 65-58 to visiting Emmanuel on Sunday but former Pinkerton star A.J. Guidi netted 15 points — all in the first half — for Rivier.

Guidi entered yesterday’s game as the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game in 21 contests.

Meanwhile, her old Pinkerton girls basketball team is having its best season since she was a senior. The Astros entered yesterday’s game with a 16-1 record overall and a 14-0 mark in Division 1.

DA COSTA BACK IN NHL

The Ottawa Senators recently recalled former Merrimack star Stephane Da Costa from the AHL.

In a recent Ottawa Sun article, Da Costa said he was trying to be more honest or in other words play better defense this year than during his NHL stint last year.

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