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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 23, 2012 .... CORNER TRLK by Reinaldo Oliveiral Jr. The Pug's are at it Again. They're at Florian Hall in Dorchester! Fights at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island. Remembering this Area Entertained the Fight World with Some of the Greatest Fighters in History. We Need More Fight Cards Here in the Boston Area. Massachusetts State Police Boxing Team, Fight May 11! HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss HAPPY BIRTHDAY: March 254 Emily Harney, 294 Rich Rudolph, 294 John Vena. April 54 Kenny Butler Jr., 8th Bob Hayden, 8th Joe Possidento, 9th Calvin T. Brown, 104 Bob Benoit and 154 John Leeding, 264 Ron Borges and 29th Bernie McNally. Anthony Petronelli, Paul Barry and Joe Nardo. The Pug'st Are at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Here with Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini are: Ted Sares, Dan Cuoco, Charley Dwyer, Karen O'Leary, Paul Barr, Joe Nardo, Anthony Petro- nelli, Jimmy Connors, Joe Marques, Pop Lynch, Stephen McVay, Joey DeGrandis, Rick Rudolph, Mary Nelson, Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, Shirley Adams, Kenny But- ler Jr., Johnny Gould, Paul E. Doyle, Paul Gaines, John Diaz, Artis Graham, Tony and Dottle DeMarco, Don Green, John Leedim, Jimbo Curran of the Peter Welch Gym, Maureen Murphy O'Cwtat Pa.1 i]u , Franklin, Ed & Ruth Con- nolly, Donna Previti Caliri, Ann Murphy, and Peter Welch. "Dingt" Fight results from Provi- dence. Answering "Who's Next?" Who is next for Jason Big Six Estrada? Here at the Rhode Island Conven- tion Center, Jason "Big Six" Estrada 18-4, 5 K0's K0'd Diamond Dominique Alexan- der 22-14-1, 10 KO's in two. "Who's Next" for this tal- ented fighter? In other bouts. After a 21/2 year layoff, Cruiserweight Rich Gingras 11-2, 7 KO's stopped Adam Harris 10-5, 7 KO's in two. Pug Ring Tom Martini who presented the Pug of the Month Award to Champion Fighter J~IIthony Petronelli. Owens, Macka Foley, Chris Finnegan, George Holden, Paul Cardoza, Larry Canaey, Bobby Cassidy, Josh Hall and many others of the best in the world. He also fought Jose Roberto Cherlno in New Jersey. It reads; "In one of the most exciting fights ever seen at Embassy Hall, Benoit up- set the highly regarded Cherino in the 10 round main event." HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: March 3rd Pop Lynch, 8th Johnny Hasson, 94 Jackie Brady, 11~ Joey DeGrandis, Super Middleweight Joe 1 7th Michael Parente, 1 7th Gardner 8-4-1, 1 KO defeated Donna Previti Caliri, 19th Ramefl Shelton 0-4, by a four Manny Lopes, 19th, Pat round decision as did Dustin Long, Reinhaold 5-2, 2 KO's in his win versus Jose Angel Ortiz 4-7-1, 1 KO over!four rounds. Junior middleweight Kali Reiss 4- 1- 1, 2 KO's also decisioned Marva Dash 0-1 in four. The fights are enter- taining. Check them out again. Remember June 6, 1970, Bob Benoit defeats Remov- sliy. Llgllt-heavyweight Bob Benoit of Oakham, MA defeated Pedro Removsky of Argentina, by 5a round TK0, at the gunnyside Ear- den in Queens, NY. In atten- dance were: Jack Dempsey, Mickey Walker, Corporal Izzy Schwartz, Petey Terranova, and World Heavyweight Cham- pion Smokin Joe Frazier. World Rated Bob Benoit re- tired with a 37-8-0 record. He fought, the best in the world of Boxing; Eddie *UPCOMING FIGHTS*t; Jab, jab. "Pow:" "Wow!" April Ist New York Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions Ring 8. 22"d Ring 4 Hall of Fame Banquet, at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Don't forget to get your tickets. May; 114, The Mas~hu- setts State Police Boxing Team, is at the Host Hotel in Sturbridge fighting. Be sure to check out these fights. The Massachusetts State Police have produced many tough fighters; Bob Benoit, Leo Gerstel, Joe Flaherty, Kevin Reagan, John Sprague, Dennis Galvin and Fred MeDonaid to name a few. Remember June 6, 1970. Another night of well deserved victories in your career. Also Happy Birthday on April I0th to now Referee Bob Benolt. Paul Gains, Don Green, Rick Rudolph who celebrates a Happy Birthday on March 29h, John Diaz and Artis Graham. Boston Bruins Defenseman Johnny Boychuk and Philadelphia Flyers Forward Maxime Talbot duke it out during a recent game at TD Garden. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) The bus rumbled south through the frozen land- scape, carrying its sullen passengers through the darkness of the northern Maine night. It was mid-January and even though Boston would be snow free in the winter that never was, there was plenty of snow in the northern reaches of the Pine Tree state. Snow has a way of cover- ing up what you don't want to see -- a pristine blanket upon the land -- but it can't disguise the thoughts and hurts concerning an experience. And so, as the bus contin- ued on its five-hour journey toward the Hub, the Boston College men's hockey team certainly had a lot to think about -- and a lot of time in which to do it. Pot the l agles had Just been beaten twice over the weekend by Maine. And there was no getting around it. Things were beginning to look bleak for the team that had captured the previous two Beanp0t Tournaments as well as the last two Hockey East championships. To start the weekend the Eagles had dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to the Black Bears. And yes, they had really lost it. Up by a goal with just over five minutes left in the contest, BC had taken a pair of penalties, creating a two-man advan- tage for the Black Bears that they took full advantage of by scoring to tie the contest. Maine then scored in the overtime session to capture a 4-3 victory. The next night, despite a hat trick by Barry Almeida, Maine once again up-ended BC 7-4 to sweep a series from the Eagles for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. "Sometimes," said Boston College coach Jerry York, "you have to hit rock bottom to make yourself better." onds from entering a first- ever double overtime in a Beanpot title game, The wins kept on coming through the rest of February and into March. As they entered the Hockey East semifinals at the Garden the Eagles had won 13 consecu- tive games. They would leave with the streak at 15, the longest among Division I teams, as they became the first team to win three con- secutive Hockey East titles. It was BC's 11th Hockey East crown overall and its fifth in the last six years. It's also the longest BC win streak in the Jerry York era (1994- present). The Eagles put away Provi- dence 4-2 on Friday night and then took out a mea- sure of revenge on Maine in the title game, dispatching the Black Bears as freshuaan forward Johnny O udreau scored twice in just over a two minutes span in the first period while junior goal-ten- der Parker Milner stopped 41 shots over the course of the contest. Gaudreau, who had been named MVP of the Beanpot, also came away with the honor at Hockey East, mak- ing him the fifth freshman to win the tournament's MVP Award. Three other BC players also won the honor in their freshman season (Brian Leetch in 1979, Scott Legrand in 1990 and Chuck Kobasew in 2001. "We are continuing to get outstanding play from Johnny up front and from Parker Milner in goal," noted York in the p0st-game press conference. "They have been two of the reasons why we have been on a run like this. They have stepped up their game." And York was also reflec- tive thinking back to that five-hour bus ride through the darkness after that long, lost weekend in Maine. "We got beat on those And they did. The darkness nights by the success of the of a day in the predawn Black Bears," he explained. hours -- always comes be- fore the light. And gradually things began to brighten for the Eagles. They went on to win the Beanpot, sweeping by North- eastern 7-1 in the opener and then scoring a 3-2 over- time victory against arch rival Boston University in the championship game one week later, a game that missed by a mere six sec- "We had thought we were a much better club than that, We were not firing on all cyl- inders and our goaltending was a little erratic." Indeed, at that juncture in the year York was playing three goaltenders. But as he noted "Parker has stepped up major league since that point in the season." (Continued on Page 15)