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February 2, 2001

February 2, 2001

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Dartmouth junior sniper Maturo continues clutch play in rebound year

Good marksmen know how to score, but Dartmouth junior left winger Mike Maturo also knows when to score. The Manchester, N.H., native, who is one of most popular collegiate players in the Granite State, has accounted for 38 per cent of the Big Green’s winning goals the last two years. He had three winners last season when Dartmouth posted a 9-17-4 overall record and had three more in 2000-01 as the Big Green got off to a 7-7-2 start (4-3-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference play). “When you watch him, he doesn’t dazzle people or stickhandle through someone’s legs,” said coach Bob Gaudet. “He just works hard and leads by example. He has been a good player since Day 1.” Maturo had 11 goals and 20 points in the first 16 games and…


Manlow’s playmaking beautiful music

Center Eric Manlow was knocked back down to the East Coast League again and again, but refused to stay there. Finally, last winter, there was a need for a scoring center and Manlow’s persistence was rewarded by ECHL coaching graduate Peter Laviolette, who gave Manlow a chance to skate with the American League’s Providence Bruins. This season Manlow is proving that maybe the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t wrong to draft him in the second round (50th overall) in 1993. They were just wrong in giving up on him. Last season, Manlow scored 17 goals and 33 points in 46 games, then added six goals and 14 points in 14 playoff games as Providence advanced to the AHL semifinal. His strong play earned him a two-way contract for this season and at the AHL’s all-star break,…


Terriers’ goalie Tapp wears No. 83 as dedication to ‘biggest fan’

It’s certainly an unconventional number. But there is a very good reason Boston University junior goalie Jason Tapp wears No. 83: To honor his younger sister Jessica, who was born with curvature of the spine. “She’s my inspiration,” said Tapp of his 17-year-old sibling. “She’s my biggest fan. Every time I put on my jersey, I think about her. She’s always in my mind.” Jessica Tapp can be proud of her brother these days because, during a seven-game stretch, he held opponents to three goals or less six times. He allowed two goals in five of the seven starts and three in the other. Tapp had a 4-3-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .917 save percentage during that span. This isn’t the first season Tapp has worn No. 83. “I started wearing it in…


Season to forget hits Panthers hard

There’s little that hasn’t gone or been done wrong in this calamitous, catastrophic Florida Panthers season. There has been the repetition of dumb errors that earn admonishments in youth hockey. On too many nights, esprit de corps is replaced by, “Looking out for No. 1.” Gaping holes in player personnel haven’t been plugged by management and coaching has been either flawed or ignored. Injuries have taken up to seven regulars out of the lineup at any one time. In an over-expanded NHL where there is a dearth of quality blueliners, the Panthers have been down at least two of their regular six defensemen for every game since Dec. 4. Basically, the only thing that might salvage something from the Panthers’ season is a winning ticket in the NHL lottery. Then team management can debate…