Boston Bruins: Weekend Preview for Their College, Junior Prospects
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With a win on Wednesday against Oshawa, Seth Griffith and the London Knights can keep stoking a league-high hot streak and put themselves in a position to lasso the Owen Sound Attack for first place in the Midwest Division. They host the Attack on Friday before visiting the Kitchener Rangers, who are presently tied with them for second place and are fostering a matching five-game winning streak.
The aforementioned Generals, who are tops in the East Division, have Malcolm Subban’s Belleville Bulls on tap for Friday. Beforehand, the Bulls host the Guelph Storm with a chance to pole-vault Oshawa, if only temporarily, two nights before they cross paths.
Comparatively speaking, the leaderboard in each U.S. college conference has yet to take noteworthy shape. That being said, Brian Ferlin’s Cornell team has what might later prove to be a critical head-to-head tilt with Alex Fallstrom’s Harvard Crimson, as does Ben Sexton’s Clarkson club versus Quinnipiac on Friday.
With a win at Vermont on Friday, radiant rookie Matt Grzelcyk and the BU Terriers could already have surpassed New Hampshire for second place in Hockey East by the time the Wildcats venture into Agganis Arena this Sunday.
If Colton Hargrove’s Western Michigan Broncos can take at least out of four points during a two-night visit to Fairbanks, they will have drawn a knot with the opposing Alaska Nanooks in the CCHA standings.
Back in the Great Lakes State, Cody Payne and the Plymouth Whalers will not face the first place Sarnia Sting, but can draw a knot Wednesday night with a win over in-state rival Saginaw.
The Whalers will proceed across the border to visit Subban’s Bulls on Saturday and the Ottawa 67s on Sunday.
With their temporary Team OHL alliance over, Anthony Camara will now try to keep his Barrie Colts’ distance from the pursuant Niagara Ice Dogs and Dougie Hamilton in a heated Central Division derby. The Dogs are in Erie, Ottawa and Kingston this weekend while the Colts host a fellow titan from Sarnia and later Windsor before traveling to Sudbury on Sunday.
In the U.S. Junior A ranks, Matt Benning’s Dubuque Fighting Saints are comparatively comfortable in their first-place perch, having just swept the Muskegon Lumberjacks to augment their advantage by six points.
They will seek to build upon that in a three-game, three-city, four-night road trip beginning Wednesday at the Tri-City Storm.
Rounding out the budding Bruins’ college slate, Sexton’s Golden Knights host Princeton and Ferlin’s Big Red entertain Dartmouth on Saturday. Zane Gothberg may or may not get the nod for one or both halves of his North Dakota program’s two-game home set with Minnesota-Duluth.
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