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Ferraro twins together again

Tuesday, November 23, 1999
by Scott Walsh, Tribune Staff Writer

Providence Bruins fans were not going crazy; they actually were seeing double during last Friday's game with the Louisville Panthers.

Chris Ferraro joined twin brother Peter with the P-Bruins when Providence acquired him on loan from the New York Islanders.

Chris Ferraro played in only 10 games with the Islanders and scored just four points (1 goal-3 assists). After clearing waivers, Providence and the Isles worked out a deal to reunite Chris with Peter.

The move paid immediate dividends. Chris, wearing No. 71, set up Peter, wearing No. 17, on the Bruins' first goal 3:25 into the first period of a 5-3 loss to Louisville. It is the first time the two have played together since the 1997-98 season when they were teammates in Pittsburgh.

The Ferraros are natives of Port Jefferson, N.Y., who were selected by the New York Rangers in the 1992 Entry Draft -- Peter in the first round, 24th overall; Chris in the fourth round, 85th overall.

After helping the University of Maine win the NCAA Championship in 1992-93, the two played for the U.S. National Team in 1993-94 in preparation for the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Only Peter wound up representing Team USA in the Olympics.

For the 1994-95 campaign, the two spent most of the season with Atlanta in the IHL before signing with the Rangers, who assigned them to Binghamton of the AHL for the final 12 games. They spent most of the next two seasons in Binghamton, making token appearances with the parent club.

In October 1997, the Ferraros were both claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh. While Chris spent the season with the Penguins, Peter was reclaimed on waivers by the Rangers in January 1998 and assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Last season, Chris played mainly with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Peter split time between Boston and Providence. He was named playoff MVP after helping the P-Bruins win the Calder Cup.

Hurtin' Hershey

The Hershey Bears already had just 15 healthy skaters in their lineup for Sunday's game against the Springfield Falcons. Things got a little worse for the Bears midway through the third period.

Mike Gaul, Hershey's top defenseman each of the last two seasons, suffered a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee when hit by the Falcons' Robert Schnabel. Gaul is expected to be out at least one month.

Ironically, Gaul was recently suspended two games by the AHL for a similar check on Worcester's Andrej Podkonicky.

After starting the season 7-2-1, Hershey has hit a 2-6-1 skid. The main culprit has been the injury bug, both to its team and the parent Colorado Avalanche.

Hershey has been playing without Rob Shearer, Steffon Walby, Frank Bialowas, Scott Parker and Ville Nieminen. Injuries in Colorado to the likes of Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg have forced the Avalanche to summon Christian Matte and Dan Hinote from Chocolatetown.

At the time of his callup, Matte was leading the AHL in scoring with 28 points (14-14).

Playing time

The Phoenix Coyotes were concerned that goaltending prospect Robert Esche was not getting enough work with the Houston Aeros of the IHL. So Esche has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons for two weeks.

In his first two starts with the Falcons, Esche stopped 31 shots in a 2-2 tie with Hartford Friday and had 32 saves in a 6-2 win over Hershey Sunday.

Esche was Phoenix's fifth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft. He was 24-20-6 with a 2.80 goals-against average in 55 games with Springfield last season to earn a berth on the AHL All-Rookie team.

Rookie Patrick DesRochers, the Coyotes' No. 1 pick (14th overall) in the 1998 Entry Draft, has handled most of the goaltending chores for Springfield, appearing in 14 of the Falcons' first 18 games. He has a 5-5-3 record with a 3.37 goals-against average.

Slap shots

St. John's Maple Leafs goalie Marc Robitaille stopped Dan LaCouture of the Hamilton Bulldogs on a penalty shot Saturday. It was the third penalty shot attempted in the AHL this season. ... A 2-1 overtime loss to Providence Saturday was the franchise-record fifth straight for the Lowell Lock Monsters. The team has dropped eight of its last 10 games. ... Tavis Hansen was sent down to Springfield Sunday by Phoenix and arrived two hours before faceoff against Hershey. Hansen scored two goals in the Falcons' 6-2 win. ... After 22 games last season, the Portland Pirates had a record of 6-15-1. Through 22 games this season, the team is 11-7-4 and in first place in the New England Division.

1999 NEPA Times Tribune


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