The Providence Bruins are shedding their training camp runners-up and their collective training blades, having conducted all of their preseason tilts and reassigned seven players to the ECHL this past week.
The P-Bruins, who will commence the AHL’s regular season in the coming week, posted a 1-2 tune-up record. Eight individual skaters combined for nine points in a 4-1 triumph over Springfield on Wednesday, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers wrested away a 3-1 decision Thursday and the Falcons returned the 4-1 favor in a Saturday rematch.
Providence will host New England’s first meaningful professional hockey tilt for the 2012-13 season this Friday with a visit from the Manchester Monarchs.
Elsewhere in the Boston farm system, the South Carolina Stingrays begin their regular season this Saturday with a home bout with the Gwinnett Gladiators.
All of the franchise’s prospects based in the Ontario League have already wrapped up their third week of extramural action. At the conclusion of Saturday night’s games, touted two-way blueliner Dougie Hamilton has retained his point-per-game average.
On Thursday, Hamilton picked off a Mississauga Steelheads’ turnover at the straightaway point and nimbly slugged it into the top shelf to draw a 1-1 knot. It was the first of two equalizers for the Niagara Ice Dogs en route to a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory.
Upon crossing the border to Michigan, Hamilton added an assist and another goal against Saginaw and Plymouth, respectively. On the other bench, fellow budding Bruin Cody Payne pitched in a 1-1-2 scoring log to help the host Whalers to a 6-3 triumph Saturday night, recompensing a 5-4 loss in Guelph from the previous evening.
Like Hamilton, Payne is on a precise point-per-game pace and has tuned the mesh in each of his last three outings.
Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith continue to one-up that rate, though, with a nightly median of one goal or more. As of Saturday’s final buzzer, they were in a three-way tie with Boone Jenner for the OHL lead with seven strikes on the year.
Camara charged up a goal and an assist on back-to-back nights over the weekend, bolstering his Barrie Colts to a pair of 4-3 victories. He tallied the primary helper on Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele’s deciding tiebreaker with 39 seconds left in regulation Saturday to put away the Peterborough Petes.
Meanwhile, Griffith promptly ended a two-game goal-less skid as part of the London Knights’ eventual 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters. He had, however, made two secondhand contributions the previous to help stoke a rout over Windsor, already London’s third 8-2 triumph of the season.
From the future of the Bruins to the past, the New England Hockey Journal was the first to note on Thursday that Rick Middleton will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame next month.
That along with AHL games could be the best bet for Bruins buffs to highlight their calendars for the near future. Two keys members of Boston’s core, captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron, sought alternative auspices in Europe this past week while the lockout deleted six games from the team’s 2012-13 schedule.