Two more Boston Bruins players have fallen back on European roster spots this past week as they pass the time over the NHL lockout. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is bound for the Czech Republic while versatile forward Rich Peverley is committed to JYP Jyvaskyla in Rask’s native country of Finland.
Patrice Bergeron joined several of his locked-out peers in a friendly tangle in Chateauguay, Que. and told James Murphy of ESPNBoston.com that he does not anticipate a return to NHL normalcy in the near future.
The consolation news is that meaningful professional hockey games will soon be accessible to fans in New England as the Providence Bruins enter their first full week of training camp. The team convened for their first formal session this past Friday and will have three extramural exhibitions against Springfield and Bridgeport this Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Prospective P-Bruins rookie Zach Trotman made a single-handed difference in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, tallying a hat trick and adding an assist in his team’s 5-1 victory. The 22-year-old blueliner bolted Lake Superior State University after his junior campaign last March and sprinkled three points over nine homestretch appearances in Providence.
A former CCHA rival of Trotman’s and another familiar surname in the Bruins family has joined in on AHL training camp with Shawn Hunwick entering as the fourth participating goaltender. Hunwick is the younger brother of Matt Hunwick, who began his professional career in the Bruins system before being traded to Colorado early in his third NHL season.
In the major juniors, after going pointless for the first time in four games Friday night, prospect Anthony Camara rebounded for his fifth goal (and third power-play strike) of the season to finalize the Barrie Colts’ 4-1 win over Mississauga.
Two other budding Bruins were also in the act of shutting the door in Saturday night’s OHL action. Only 26 seconds after the visiting Sudbury Wolves tallied their second unanswered goal, Cody Payne retorted with a rally-killing goal that proved the final strike in a 6-2 win for the Plymouth Whalers.
Elsewhere, Dougie Hamilton’s second helper of the season sealed a 4-2 triumph for Niagara over Ottawa. He then tallied a goal, an assist and a plus-four rating on Sunday, but his Ice Dogs could not fully surmount 3-0, 4-1 or 5-3 deficits as the Otters nabbed a 5-4 decision.
Seth Griffith similarly spoiled Kitchener Rangers’ netminder John Gibson’s shutout bid, but could not avert a 2-1 loss for his London Knights on Friday. He was held pointless and goal-less altogether for the first time in the young season Sunday afternoon as London brooked penalty-packed, 4-1 defeat versus the Guelph Storm.
In the Belleville Bulls cage, Malcolm Subban had his turn brooking a team setback in spite of individual valiance. He claimed third-star accolades despite surrendering the only goal Friday night in a 1-0 loss to the Brampton Battalion.
His fortunes were more conspicuously rancid the following night, when he duplicated his 28-save effort but let four biscuits get by in a 5-2 falter against Oshawa.