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

Al DanielCorrespondent IINovember 26, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Dougie Hamilton #53 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during a rookie game exhibition at Nassau Coliseum on September 12, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 8-5.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith stretched his point-getting streak to a baker’s dozen with a four-point, three-night weekend. His London Knights concomitantly extended their OHL-best winning streak to 11 games and took over the overall lead with 40 points and a .769 winning percentage.

Griffith’s power-play assist and shorthanded goal effectively constituted the difference in Thursday’s 5-3 win over Sarnia, his fourth straight multipoint effort. He followed that with a hand in the icebreakers and winners of back-to-back shutout victories over Peterborough and Owen Sound.

The Knights will have an early start to this week’s extramural itinerary when they visit Kitchener this Tuesday to engage the Rangers for the second time in 10 days. Griffith mustered a goal and an assist against the oft-stingy goaltender John Gibson in their previous meeting.

The Knights’ predecessors at the top of the OHL standings, Anthony Camara’s Barrie Colts, are still atop the Eastern Conference. Camara tuned the opposing mesh in back-to-back games as the Colts rebounded from Thursday’s loss to Battalion for a 5-3 triumph over Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday.

Camara is tied for 13th on the OHL point-getting leaderboard with fellow 2011 Boston draftee Dougie Hamilton, who pitched in each night as the Niagara Ice Dogs took four out of six possible points over the weekend.

Less than two minutes after the Dogs had raised a 2-1 upper hand over goaltender Malcolm Subban and the Belleville Bulls, Hamilton set up top OHL scorer Ryan Strome for a dose of insurance. Strome added an empty netter to vanquish Subban’s Bulls, 4-1, on Friday.


Subban, however, sandwiched that shortcoming with a pair of wins, including his second shutout of the season on Sunday with a 23-save effort versus Ottawa.

While the aforementioned Griffith reached a lucky 13 in his production streak, Cody Payne averted the inauspicious brand of 13 by halting his scoring drought at 12. His secondary assist amounted to a 2-1 lead for the Plymouth Whalers in the final minute of Friday’s first period, though the visiting Kingston Frontenacs rebounded to usurp a 7-6 barn burner.

That notwithstanding, all four of the OHL’s divisional leaders―Barrie, Belleville, London and Plymouth―all feature a Bruins prospect entering the final week of November.

In the U.S., a couple of Boston’s college prospects had a holiday for Thanksgiving. Clarkson junior forward Ben Sexton had the distinction of an unwanted night off as an injury idled him for his team’s only contest, a 3-3 tie at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Elsewhere in the ECAC, Brian Ferlin assisted on both the first and final goals in Cornell’s 5-1 triumph over Michigan at Madison Square Garden this past Saturday. Rob O’Gara did not appear on the scoresheet but did partake in a pair of overtime victories in Colorado with his Yale Bulldogs.

Fellow freshman blueliner Matt Grzelcyk likewise relied on intangible contributions as part of Boston University’s 4-0 win over St. Lawrence.

Goaltender Zane Gothberg brooked a 40-shot firestorm in his only appearance in the North Dakota cage, stopping 35 but taking the albatross in a 5-2 falter at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Like many of his soon-to-be fellow collegians, Matt Benning had a single skate over Thanksgiving weekend. His power-play assist gave the Dubuque Fighting Saints a 3-2 lead en route to a 7-3 romp over the Lincoln Stars.