Boston Bruins: Weekend Preview for Their College and Junior Prospects

Al DanielCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27:  Boston Bruins fans pass around a large Bruins flag prior to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins prospects Seth Griffith and Anthony Camara, consistently among the Ontario Hockey League’s top goal-getters through the first month of the season, face off in Barrie on Saturday.

To declare that matchup a potential preview of the 2013 Robertson Cup finals would not be worthy of ridicule.

Camara’s Colts will enter Thursday night’s home tilt with the Ottawa 67s bearing the most points and the second-best winning percentage in the league. Griffith’s defending champion Knights, meanwhile, enter the weekend action with a 3-1-0 record this month after a 2-2-0 September.

Depending on Camara's output in the Barrie-Ottawa bout and Griffith’s performance on Friday when the Knights host Erie, both may have already cracked double digits in the 2012-13 goal column when they cross paths. Beforehand, though, Camara will be raring to rebound from a rare pointless outing while Griffith seeks to extend his three-game goal and four-game point streaks.

Both teams will carry on the following day with London dropping in on the Sudbury Wolves and the Colts visiting divisional rival Brampton Battalion.

Brampton will have another Central Division tilt featuring a budding Bruin on Thursday when they visit Dougie Hamilton and the Niagara Ice Dogs. Through 10 games played so far this season, Hamilton has brooked only two pointless outings, one of which was the season series opener with the Battalion on Sept. 21.

Conversely, when the Dogs host Kingston on Saturday, one of the Frotenacs' keys will be depriving Hamilton of another goal-assist variety pack like the one he collected at their expense Sept. 30. Niagara will be vying to avenge a 5-4 loss from that afternoon.

Like Brampton, Kingston has a pair of Boston prospects on its weekend docket, the other being Cody Payne of the Plymouth Whalers, who will drop in on Friday between visits to Peterborough on Thursday and Oshawa on Sunday.

Malcolm Subban, who is presently third among OHL netminders in both goals-against average and save percentage, figures to get back-to-back nods for the Belleville Bulls on Thursday and Friday. His top individual adversary figures to be Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds pivot Nick Cousins, who is only just coming off his first scoreless outing of the season.

Across the international border, Colton Hargrove and the Western Michigan Broncos will wrap up a four-game, nonconference homestand in a two-game series with Canisius.

Closer to home, Ben Sexton and Clarkson have a relatively light agenda for the weekend, their lone engagement being a visit to Holy Cross on Saturday. Matthew Grzelcyk will be simultaneously occupied with the host New Hampshire Wildcats as his BU Terriers look to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Alex Fallstrom commences his senior schedule at Harvard in a Friday home exhibition versus the Canadian Interuniversity champion McGill. Cornell sophomore Brian Ferlin has his own set of extramural scrimmages versus the U.S. Under-18 team and Brock University on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Rookie netminder Zane Gothberg of the University of North Dakota will have learned his fate based on his exhibition performance by the time his club lands in the Last Frontier. A week after engaging the aforementioned U.S. squad, UND will start its intercollegiate season by partaking in the Fairbanks-hosted Alaska Goal Rush.

While Gothberg awaits his impending NCAA debut, collegiate candidate Matt Benning and the unbeaten Dubuque Fighting Saints will conduct a home-and-home set with the Green Bay Gamblers.