BostonBruins.com – In their first competitive hockey action of the season, Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, and Matthew Grzelcyk have helped their respective teams to some key wins against international competition.
In Lake Placid, NY, Grzelcyk is competing as a part of Team USA at their National Junior Evaluation Camp. He made the overall roster of 34 players following camp scrimmages, and has skated in the team’s first two games.
On Wednesday, Grzelcyk didn’t register a point in Team USA’s 5-2 victory over Finland at Herb Brooks Arena. However, the Charlestown-native notched his first point of the tournament Thursday with a second period assist in Team USA’s 10-2 rout over Sweden. Grzelcyk’s pass found former USNTDP teammate Nicolas Kerdiles, who converted it into a 6-1 lead for the U.S.
Grzelcyk and Team USA will have Friday off before finishing the Evaluation Camp Saturday afternoon with a rematch against Finland.
On the other side of the globe, fellow B’s prospects Subban and Hamilton led Team Canada to a 3-2 win against Russia in Game One of the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge.
After three second-period goals, Hamilton connected on a shot from the point for a power-play goal to push Canada’s lead to 3-1. The defenseman’s blast proved to ultimately be the game-winner, as Canada withstood Russia’s third period attack, thanks in large part to the goaltending of Subban.
Subban, whom Boston tabbed with the 24th pick in June’s Entry Draft, showed his athleticism and upside between the pipes, stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced. The netminder made 11 of his saves in a tense third period, in which his only goal allowed came off the stick of 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
Following his performance, Subban was named player of the game, and received a special honor from his Team Canada coach, Steve Spott.
“We've got a player of the game type of gag where we're giving out a cape in honor of the guys from Canada's 1972 team that we consider heroes of our country," Spott told the media. "We're calling Subban the hero of the day, and he gets the cape with our logo.
"He was outstanding, making key saves at key times.”
Both Subban and Hamilton will look to continue their strong play Friday in Game Two of the series, which will also be held in Yaroslavl, Russia. The final two games will be held on Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.