Near the halfway mark of the third period, the host OHL all-stars were safeguarding a 1-0 lead and trying to sustain a power-play swarm while Ilya Lyubushkin was re-joining the play at the end of his two-minute sentence for high-sticking.
Picking up a drop pass as he shuffled over to the left point, Hamilton let a low-flying slapper pelt the left pad of Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevski. His fellow Niagara Ice Dog, Ryan Strome, was on the porch to pick up the rebound and hand it over to Frankie Corrado, who raked it into the opposite post.
Hamilton was joined on the play by fellow Boston draftee, Anthony Camara, who started the game on a line with another budding Bruin in Seth Griffith. All three players saw several simultaneous shifts at even strength and on special teams.
Along with Griffith, Camara was paired with a current OHL teammate in Mark Scheifele, a high-ranking Winnipeg Jets prospect. While the only scoresheet entry between them was a tripping penalty incurred by Camara―and drawn by another Boston prospect in Alexander Khokhlachev―their chemistry was still visible to all viewers of the game.
Not so surprisingly, the familiarity of the two Barrie Colts with one another helped to spawn multiple scoring chances. But the fact that Griffith was also in on many of those must have encouraged the likes of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Both will be eligible for full-time AHL employment by next season, as Camara turns 20 on Sept. 4, 2013 and Griffith hits that age on Jan. 4. Both could even see brief action in Providence at the end of this regular season if their respective OHL teams have closed down for the summer.
For Boston’s more immediate future, Hamilton’s helper gave a glimpse of how head coach Claude Julien will lean on him once the lockout ends and he is summoned to The Show.