Curry stays hot in goal
In a gripping Beanpot final, BUs Kevin Schaeffer and goalie John Curry keep BCs Chris Collins (left) under wraps. (Globe Staff Photo / Matthew J. Lee)
Boston University junior goalie John Curry wasn't too busy last night, making 18 saves, but he was a key to the Terrier machine that won the Beanpot championship game over Boston College, its 11th consecutive win this season.
''We played a great game on team defense," said Curry, who has a 3-0 record in the Beanpot. ''Everyone played hard, and to tell you the truth, I wish I was more busy. When you go a long time without making a save, you sort of feel like you're missing something.
''Our forwards and defensemen were taking pressure off me, and as a result I had to work hard to stay mentally alert. That can be difficult."
Curry, of Shorewood, Minn., wasn't highly recruited by Eastern schools. Colleges in the Midwest knew about him and showed an interest, but it was a talk with current BU women's coach Brian Durocher that started Curry on his journey to Boston.
''When Brian was the coach at Colgate, he saw me play a few times and he showed an interest," said Curry. ''Brian also was close to my high school coach, and I was very comfortable with him. He was honest and we stayed in touch.
''I visited BU and liked everything about it. Brian asked if I'd consider enrolling at BU as a walk-on. So that's what I did."
BU goalie coach Mike Geragosian said, ''John was my practice goalie as a freshman. He had all the moves, but he needed work and we got a lot of that. As a sophomore, he was in the mix and he improved every day. He wanted to learn all he could and he was very coachable."
Said Curry, ''I knew I needed all the work I could get, and I appreciated what the coaches did for me. I had some tough games early in my sophomore year, but they stuck with me."
As a sophomore, Curry played in 33 games, registering an 18-11-3 record with a .923 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average. This year Curry is 16-6-2 with a 2.17 GAA and .925 save percentage.
''John does it all now," said Geragosian. ''He plays the angles, he'll challenge a would-be scorer, and most of all what we like about him is that he's always humble. He's a team player and he'll never get a big head.
''He's everything you want for a goalie and everything you want in a student athlete."
Curry allowed a power-play goal by Peter Harrold in the first period and a goal by Stephen Gionta in the third. When he was tested the rest of the way, he was ready.
''I just kept telling myself to stay alert and stay focused," said Curry. ''It was that kind of game, and a great game it was.
''Now we have to stay focused as a team. Winning the Beanpot again was just great. Now we have to stick together as a team and stay on our game the rest of the season. There are no easy games.
''There is something different about the Beanpot. It's a different feeling. When the game is tight, we remember that we won it so many times, so we just go out there and try to have fun and enjoy the moment and do the best we can. Players play their best when they can do that."