Boston Bruins: Latest News and Notes on Their College and Junior Prospects
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Fallstrom followed a secondary assist on Luke Greiner’s icebreaker with a goal at 16:22 of the first period and another helper to finalize the score with 35 seconds remaining in the third.
Elsewhere on the ECAC’s Saturday slate, Ben Sexton joined Fallstrom in the evening’s leaguewide three-point club with a playmaker hat trick. His first two assists helped the Clarkson Golden Knights sculpt a 3-0 lead with three power-play goals in a span of 79 seconds.
The visiting Niagara Purple Eagles surmounted that deficit, only to let Sexton set up James Howden for a third-period equalizer en route to a 4-4 tie.
Cornell’s Brian Ferlin joined his fellow budding Bruins in the act of assisting on the first goal in his game Saturday, claiming credit for the primary assist on a power-play strike at 8:03 of the opening frame. The Big Red subsequently paced themselves to a 3-2 triumph and a two-game sweep of Colorado College.
At the two-game mark of his collegiate career, Yale defenseman Rob O’Gara has accrued a plus-three rating over the course of a 1-0-1 weekend. North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg also made his regular-season debut in the NCAA, repelling 17 out of 18 Alaska-Anchorage shots to bolster a 4-1 victory Friday night.
Back in the Bruins neighborhood, Matt Grzelcyk was all but an opening act to the aforementioned Fallstrom with his two assists Friday night at Agganis Arena. One of his helpers was a primary power-play assist that stood as the decider in Boston University’s 5-2 win over Massachusetts, the first installment of an eventual home-and-home sweep.
Dougie Hamilton had his own power-play buffet over the weekend, assisting on a man-advantage strike Thursday and then slugging in two of his own Friday. Those two tallies were the lone highlights in the Niagara Ice Dogs’ 7-2 whipping at the hands of the Sudbury Wolves.
Seth Griffith sandwiched a one-goal game Thursday with a rare instance of two pointless outings, but rebooted Saturday en route to his fourth three-point performance of the season. Like Hamilton the night before, he had a hand in all of his London Knights’ goals despite a losing effort, namely a 4-3 decision that went to the Guelph Storm.
As it happened, while his Plymouth Whalers held Griffith pointless the evening prior, Cody Payne is now on a three-game scoreless skid, having failed to pen his name to the scoresheet on three consecutive game nights over the weekend.
Payne and Griffith’s fellow Boston 2012 draftee Malcolm Subban laid a more savory goose egg on behalf of his Belleville Bulls Saturday. Coming off a less-than-effective relief outing Wednesday night versus the Mississauga Steelheads, the young netminder rapidly regained his starting position and his upper-echelon form, posting a 31-save shutout for a 1-0 win over Kingston.
In the American junior ranks, Matt Benning and the Dubuque Fighting Saints remain one of two remaining undefeated teams in the USHL. Like a multitude of aforementioned prospects, Benning partook in timely power-play strikes, setting up Fran DiChiara for the tiebreaker and clincher with 4:02 remaining in Friday’s eventual 4-2 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers.
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