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Forsbacka Karlsson Leading the Way for Boston U.

Bruins prospect has seven goals in four games following winter break

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson describes himself as a two-way center, one who is responsible in his own end and creates plays for his teammates at the other.

Sometimes, he said, he can put the puck in the net.

Lately, however, he has been putting the puck in the net all the time. The 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and Bruins 2015 second-round pick has tallied seven goals in four games since the Terriers resumed play after the winter break.

Forsbacka Karlsson had a goal in both ends of BU's weekend sweep of Commonwealth Ave. rival Boston College. He now leads the Terriers in goals (10) and is tied for the team lead in points (22) with Patrick Harper.

"Sometimes you'll go for a while and nothing will come, but you'll have that one game where you get two or three goals instead," Forsbacka Karlsson said during a visit to TD Garden for the Bruins' win over the Flyers last Saturday.

"I think just the bounces have gone my way. It's nice to have that start to the second half."

The Stockholm native acknowledged he has beefed up over the last year, which has helped him become a more fluid and explosive skater. But, he acknowledged, there is still plenty of room to grow.

"Definitely trying to improve on my skating even more, working on my shot, my stick handling. All parts of my game can be improved," said Forsbacka Karlsson, who says he keeps a close eye on Bruins pivot Patrice Bergeron.

"He's an incredible player," Forsbacka Karlsson continued. "All the little things he does on the ice…but if you look at the impact he has on the ice every time he's out there, I think it's incredible."

Becker Chooses Michigan Tech

Center Jack Becker, a 2015 seventh-round pick of the Bruins, announced via his Twitter account Monday that he has committed to play at Michigan Tech University next season. The 19-year-old has seven goals and five assists in 29 games this season for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, where he has played for the past three seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 198-pound native of Dellwood, Minnesota, had two goals against Des Moines on Saturday, before following up with another goal on Sunday against Fargo.

Bjork Nets Another Game-Winner

Anders Bjork potted his fifth game-winning goal of the season on Friday, with 3:42 remaining, to lift Notre Dame to a 2-1 win over Merrimack in North Andover. Bjork added an assist the following night in a 4-2 loss to the Warriors.

The 2014 fourth-round pick of the Bruins paces the Fighting Irish with 15 goals and 35 points this season. Bjork's 35 points are the fifth-most in college hockey.

Senyshyn Pulls Trick Once Again

Zach Senyshyn notched another hat trick on Sunday, grabbing all three goals in the Soo Greyhounds' 3-2 overtime win over the London Knights.

The 2015 first-round pick now has four hat tricks since Dec. 2. During that stretch he has totaled 18 goals and two assists.

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