|The inspiration of John Muse||02.09.10 at 11:15 am ET|
It’s hard to watch John Muse and not think of Mike Lowell.
Boston College coach Jerry York feels that way. His star goalie, who played every minute of the team’s 2008 NCAA title run as a freshman, had surgery last April 30 to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, the same injury to the same hip that hampered the Red Sox third baseman in 2009. It was only natural for many to wonder if Muse could return to the ice and be effective, let alone return to championship form.
Ask Boston University and anyone who has come up against Boston College of late and they would say the East Falmouth, Mass. native is indeed capable of leading his team back to the promised land of college hockey like he did two seasons ago.
The goalie was voted MVP of the 2010 Beanpot following his performance on Monday night when he stopped 31 of 34 BU shots in a 4-3 win over the Terriers to capture the 58th Beanpot title.
“Anytime you have a hip operation, it’s a major surgery, even if it’s not hip replacement. He was on crutches for eight full weeks,” York said. “He keeps telling me, ‘I feel great coach and I feel more flexible,’ so hopefully, we’re past the area of concern.”
After starting the season, 3-3-1, Muse, who was platooning with freshman Parker Milner at one point, has caught fire in the last two months and is now 11-6-2, and appears ready to take his team back to the NCAA tournament. Read the rest of this entry »