Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross men’s hockey + 5 more things to do, March 6-12

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Friday-Sunday, March 11-13 — Holy Cross men’s hockey vs. TBD, Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series (best of 3), 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Gate 7  What was a bit of a roller coaster campaign of streaks for the Crusaders came to a satisfying regular-season stop with a third-place post in the Atlantic Hockey tournament. And while the bracket will be re-seeded following this weekend’s first-round series, Holy Cross (18-11-5, 16-7-5 league) is likely to face sixth-seed Army (11-13-9, 8-11-9).

HC’s 16 conference wins were its most in a season since 2005-2006 (19). It beat Army, 3-1, and tied the Golden Knights in overtime, 2-2, last month.

The Crusaders had six skaters score more than 20 points, and five with double-digit goals. Sophomore forward T.J. Moore built on a standout freshman campaign by leading the team in goals (15) and points (28). Senior defenseman Joe McNamara had a club-best 21 assists (not to mention 49 blocked shots). Sophomore goaltender Paul Berrafato posted a .920 save percentage in 30 starts with a 2.15 goals-against.

Tickets are $15 ($10 youth). [Sunday, March 13, game only if necessary]

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Sunday, March 6 — International Women’s Day, 1-4 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square  Leave it to Worcester folks to be ahead of the curve. No waiting around for the actual International Women’s Day, annually March 8, for this crew of civic leaders. Nonetheless an excellent opportunity for local women to celebrate advancements and work toward more. However, inviting convicted tax scofflaw and extortionist Dianne Wilkerson to give the keynote address, although she was indeed the state’s first black female senator, is at best sending mixed messages to the young women the YWCA hopes to impact.

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Tuesday, March 8 — “Ready Player One: Opportunities in the Growing Video Game Industry,” 6-7:30 p.m., Weller Academic Center, Becker College, 61 Sever St.  When Jim McGovern shows up, you know you’re onto something. Maybe he’s a closet gamer, his excellent staff keeping him waist deep in Black Ops III zombies and Cool Ranch Doritos. But probably the U.S. congressman simply knows an opportunity when he sees one. The video game industry, with a particularly strong epicenter at Becker, is on the move, and the college will host a free lecture by industry executive Michael Gallagher.

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Thursday, March 10 — Street Beat Featuring Joe Fusco Jr., 7-9 p.m., Vasa Hall, Worcester County Poetry Association, 1 Ekman St.  Joe Fusco Jr. has a long history of performing comedy and poetry for crowds in and around Worcester. Organizers, who call Joe “an all-around great guy,” seem pretty excited anyway. There will be an open mic prior to Fusco’s featured readings. Free (besides a passing of the hat) and open to the public.

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Friday, March 11 — The Alan Kelly Gang, 8 p.m., Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St.  The Alan Kelly Gang is an internationally acclaimed group that performs contemporary traditional Irish music, which sounds like an oxymoron, but I suppose that makes it a neo-classic sort of thing. Or makes me a moron. Anyway, they’re really good (video); and Alan Kelly, according to the press release [the Sun was unable to independently confirm], is “credited with making the piano accordion hip in Ireland again.” Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

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Tedy Bruschi is scheduled to appear at a charity event at Pepe's on Franklin Street.

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Tedy Bruschi is scheduled to appear at a charity event at Pepe’s on Franklin Street.

Saturday, March 12 — Charity Chili Cook-Off for Tedy’s Team/Worcester Fire Department, 5-9 p.m., Pepe’s Pizza, 274 Franklin St.  Like Donald Trump and politics, the classic combinations are the ones that really draw a crowd. So a chili contest at a pizza joint, of course, gets our vote. What really puts it in the Trump Spectrum of Outrageous Things is that proceeds will benefit not only the city’s Box 4 Special Services Canteen but Tedy’s Team, which works to fight heart disease and stroke. But, wait. There’s more: Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriot all-timer and fan favorite, is scheduled to make an appearance. Tickets are $20 ($5 for kids under 10).

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