Boston Bruins: Weekend Preview for Their College, Junior Prospects

Al DanielCorrespondent IINovember 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23:  Matthew Grzelcyk, 85th overall pick by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait during Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Barring a Beanpot bout or an encounter in the postseason, Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk and the Boston University Terriers will complete their season series with Boston College this weekend. The two peerless rivals will trade visits at BU’s Agganis Arena Friday and BC’s Conte Forum Saturday.

The No. 9-ranked Terriers are one of five college programs boasting a Boston draftee and sitting among USA Hockey’s Top 15 this week. They immediately trail Zane Gothberg’s North Dakota team, which will try to ascend the rankings while breaking out of a tie for fifth in the WCHA with Colorado College when they visit the Tigers Friday and Saturday.

Immediately behind BU is Colton Hargrove and Western Michigan, which resumes its extramural itinerary with a two-night home series versus Northern Michigan.

No. 13 Yale and Rob O’Gara has a single engagement with Brown visiting on Saturday. Meanwhile, Brian Ferlin’s No. 12-slotted Cornell hosts St. Lawrence and Ben Sexton’s Clarkson drops in on Colgate but not before those two budding Bruins cross paths in Friday night’s action.

The Clarkson-Cornell clash will be one of three matchups pitting Boston prospects against one another in the next four nights. In the OHL, Dougie Hamilton’s Niagara Ice Dogs visit Malcolm Subban’s Belleville Bulls on Wednesday, and Anthony Camara’s Barrie Colts drop in on Seth Griffith’s London Knights on Friday.

The Ice Dogs previously cracked Subban’s code in a 4-1 victory last Friday with one insurance assist courtesy of Hamilton. In an Oct. 20 encounter, Griffith and Camara each tallied a regulation point, and Griffith whiffed on his shootout attempt before teammate Matt Rupert clinched a 3-2 decision for the Knights.

Barrie and London enter their rematch as two of three OHL teams to have accumulated more than 100 goals so far this season. Griffith and Camara have directly supplied 19 strikes apiece for their respective clubs.

Besides the second Hamilton-Subban showdown since they each became first-round Bruins draft choices, Wednesday night’s OHL action will have Cody Payne and the Plymouth Whalers visiting Erie.

Subban and Camara will both be in action on Thursday, their teams visiting Peterborough and Windsor, respectively.

The Whalers return home to engage the Ottawa 67s and Kitchener Rangers on back-to-back nights, while the Ice Dogs conduct a critical divisional feud in Mississauga, Friday. Niagara (Brampton) along with London (Guelph) and Belleville (Kingston) will face division cohabitants on Saturday before the Knights visit the Steelheads on Sunday.

Matt Benning will partake in a battle of USHL divisional leaders in the first half of his weekend slate. The top-dog Dubuque Fighting Saints visit the Western Conference-leading Waterloo Blackhawks on Friday, then begin a five-game homestand Saturday versus Cedar Rapids.