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Chris Kreider, Steven Whitney savoring Boston College’s Beanpot win

Kreider, Whitney lift BC in Beanpot

The victory, a scintillating 3-2 overtime win over archrival Boston University in the championship game of the Beanpot on Monday night, was one to savor for Chris Kreider, Steven Whitney, and the rest of the Boston College men’s hockey team.

But quickly their attention turned to this weekend’s crucial home-and-home series against Hockey East rival Merrimack College.

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Last night’s matchup in North Andover was a bit of a homecoming for Kreider, a junior left wing from Boxford (Phillips Andover), and Whitney, a junior forward from Reading via Lawrence Academy.

They were aiming for a sweep against the Warriors, who were sitting just a point behind BC and BU in the Hockey East standings.

The 5-foot-7, 162-pound Whitney (10 goals, 14 assists), who assisted on Bill Arnold’s game-winner in the Beanpot final, noted that BC coach Jerry York wasted no time in turning the page and looking ahead.

“We had Tuesday off, but coach York started talking about Merrimack and the rest of the season on Wednesday,’’ said Whitney.

“Coach York said Merrimack doesn’t get invited to the [Beanpot] and could care less that we won the Beanpot,’’ said Kreider. “They play a tough, defensive style.’’

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The 6-3, 225-pound Kreider (19 goals, 16 assists this season), who registered a goal and an assist against BU, is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best US-born college hockey player in New England.

Maine’s Will O’Neill, son of Salem State hockey coach Bill O’Neill, and Colin Blackwell, a Harvard freshman from St. John’s Prep/North Andover, are also semifinalists.

Ranked third nationally, the Eagles (19-10-1), entered this weekend a point behind the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Hockey East.

“We have six Hockey East games left and every one is huge,’’ Kreider said after a practice Wednesday.

Ken Perrone retiring from Salem State

Legendary Salem State University baseball coach Ken Perrone will retire at the end of the upcoming season. Associate head coach Mike Ward will follow the 76-year-old Perrone, who has a 643-385-4 record and 23 postseason appearances in 29 seasons at Salem State.

“Salem State was one of the joys of my life. I spent 30 years and loved going to work there every day,’’ said Perrone.

Prior to his run at Salem State, he was a very successful high school baseball and football coach in both Maine and Massachusetts.

Campus corner

Keene State College senior Derek Peabody of Haverhill set a school record for 11 dives with 395.90 points, finishing third in the 1-meter diving event at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth last weekend. . . . Junior All-American Sean Hanlon of Georgetown (St. John’s Prep) anchored Stonehill’s 4,000-meter distance medley team that provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division 2 Championships in Colorado for the second straight season. Hanlon, the sole returning member of last year’s All-America distance medley team, had a 4:15 mile anchor leg for the 10:04.38 finish. . . . Salem State College junior guard Bridget Dullea of Peabody averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Vikings, including 17 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in a 93-84 win at Fitchburg State. . . . Westfield State freshman guard Jen Ashton of Beverly had 20 points, seven steals, six rebounds, and six assists in a 72-70 loss to MCLA. . . . Senior forward John Cahalane of Tewksbury and Worcester State had two goals and two assists in two games in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. . . . At the MASCAC/New England Alliance Indoor Track & Field championships, Westfield state junior Thomas Gauger of Billerica set a league standard in the pole vault with a leap of 4.80 meters for the conference champion Owls while teammate Amy Wing, a senior from North Reading, won the conference crown in the high jump, clearing 1.58 meters. . . . Stoneham’s Matt Muolo (Fitchburg State) shattered his own league record in the weight throw (18.40 meters).

Around and about

High school basketball tournaments tap off today in Lynn and Lawrence. Central Catholic is hosting the second annual IAABO Board 130 Classic, with the following matchups: Revere girls vs. Pentucket, 2 p.m.; Archbishop Williams girls vs. Central Catholic, 3:45, Westford Academy boys vs. St. John’s Prep, 5:30; Lynn English vs. Central Catholic, 7:15. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for tomorrow. . . . The Spartan Classic girls’ tourney at St. Mary’s of Lynn kicks off today with six first-round games: Melrose-Gloucester, 11 a.m.; Tewksbury-North Andover, 12:30 p.m.; Billerica-Peabody, 2:15; Woburn-Lynn English, 4; Weston-Swampscott, 5:45; Ipswich-St. Mary’s, 7:30. The tournament continues Monday. . . . Peter Crapsey Jr., an 8-year-old third-grader at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School in Haverhill, won the 1,500-meter sub-bantam race in a personal best of 5:31.02 at the AAU Indoor Nationals in Bloomington, Ill., last weekend. He also finished second in the 800 meters in 2:45.02.

Rich Fahey can be reached at fahey.rich2@gmail.com.

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