Boston Bruins: Latest News and Notes on Their College, Junior Prospects

Al DanielCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2017

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24:  Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton by the Boston Bruins poses for a photo portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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As part of his three-game, five-point weekend, Seth Griffith helped the London Knights put away fellow 2012 Boston Bruins draftee Malcolm Subban and the Belleville Bulls in Friday’s OHL action.

London surmounted an initial 2-0 deficit, nabbing a 3-2 advantage when Max Domi converted Griffith’s feed at 1:43 of the third period. Belleville retorted for an equalizer exactly 12 minutes later, but Griffith would initiate the deciding play in the ensuing overtime period, getting the secondary helper on Alex Broadhurst’s walk-off strike.

Subban found rapid redemption on Sunday in Windsor, where he held the host Spitfires scoreless through the bite-sized bonus round plus six straight shootout stanzas. His brother, Jordan Subban, finally tallied the clincher in Belleville’s half of the sixth.

Dougie Hamilton’s four assists Saturday and playmaker hat trick Sunday have pole-vaulted him back into the lead among the OHL’s defensive playmakers and point-getters. The two outbursts he stoked have, in turn, boosted his Niagara Ice Dogs to a virtual tie with Anthony Camara’s Barrie Colts for first in the Central Division.

Camara quickly thawed out for a four-point, two-game weekend after his first set of consecutive pointless outings closed the month of October. He will have an early start to his coming week as he seeks to build on his reheated twig when the Colts visit Peterborough Tuesday night.

Cody Payne and the Plymouth Whalers will also be in action Tuesday in an Election Day matinee versus the in-state rival Saginaw Spirit. And like Camara, he will try to retain his rekindling project after an assist in Saturday’s action snapped his four-game production drought.

Elsewhere in Michigan, Matt Benning’s Dubuque Fighting Saints saw their perfection punctured upon taking a 2-1 shootout loss from Team USA and splitting a two-game set with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

In the NCAA, and in a story virtually fraternal to the Griffith-Subban showdown, Matt Grzelcyk tallied an assist, his fourth and fifth in six career college games, in each installment of a two-night stay at North Dakota. His second helper drew a 1-1 knot Saturday, boosting a Boston University come-from-behind, 4-2 triumph at the expense of UND goaltender Zane Gothberg.

Like Griffith, Brian Ferlin had a hand in a game-winner for his Cornell club, setting up Greg Miller’s tiebreaker for a 2-1 edge that ultimately morphed into a 3-1 victory at Colgate.

As part of Yale’s 5-1 thrashing of Harvard on Saturday, Rob O’Gara nabbed credit for the secondary assist on the icebreaker and pitched in on the defensive effort to hold Alex Fallstrom pointless, which Brown University had also done the evening prior. The result is Fallstrom’s first case of back-to-back nights off the scoresheet since February 2011.

The Clarkson Golden Knights finished the weekend with a three-game tying streak in hand, owing largely to Ben Sexton’s last-minute heroics. Sexton inserted the final equalizer of Friday’s tilt with Canisius with an extra attacker on his side and 29 seconds to spare and only 25 seconds after the Golden Griffins had renewed their upper hand.