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McIntyre Receives Honor; Prospects Thrive at WJC

Zane McIntyre named AHL Goaltender of the Month for December

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - On Monday, Providence Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for the month of December.

McIntyre ended his stellar month on a high note last Friday, stopping 29 shots en route to Providence's 5-2 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

With the victory, McIntyre improved his AHL record to 10-0-0 in 12 games on the season. His 1.41 goals-against average and .951 save percentage are good for the league lead in both categories. Nine of those victories came in the month of December.

Prospects Thriving at World Juniors

While McIntyre is tearing it up in the AHL, the World Junior Championship is progressing in Toronto and Montreal, where Bruins prospects have continued to establish their places among the game's top young talent.

Three Bruins prospects moved on to the semifinal round after the U.S. and Canada won their respective quarterfinal round games on Monday.  

Team USA, led by defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Ryan Lindgren, defeated Team Switzerland 3-2. McAvoy recorded an assist in the effort, while Lindgren posted a plus/minus rating of +1.

Meanwhile, defenseman Jeremy Lauzon and Team Canada picked up a 5-3 victory over Jakub Zboril, Dan Vladar, and the Czech Republic on Monday. Lauzon played 16:10 of ice time in the contest, while Zboril picked up an assist for the Czechs. Vladar did not start in goal for the Czech Republic.

Team USA (McAvoy, Lindgren) will next take on Team Russia at 3:00 p.m. ET in the first semifinal on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, followed by Team Canada's (Lauzon) nightcap against Team Sweden at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Both games will air on NHL Network in the U.S.  

Since being picked 14th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, McAvoy has impressed the Boston fan base with a physical brand of hockey.

The Long Beach, NY native and Boston University Terrier is serving as an assistant captain for Team USA at the World Juniors. Through five games leading up to the semifinal, he tallied four points (one goal, three assists) and a plus/minus rating of plus-1.

McAvoy, who has logged a team-leading 19:55 in average ice time per game, is relied upon as a shutdown defenseman by the Team USA coaching staff.

While McAvoy has been stealing the headlines for Team USA, Lindgren - currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota - has been playing solid hockey for the United States.

In five games, the defenseman has logged an assist and a plus/minus rating of plus-4 in 16:37 of average ice time per game.

Lindgren's play often doesn't show up on the score sheet. In the much-anticipated USA-Canada group play matchup, Lindgren was voted Team USA's player of the game, despite not registering a point in their 3-1 victory over Canada.

For Team Canada, Lauzon has surprised onlookers with his sharp play on Team Canada's back end.

When not taking the ice for Team Canada, Lauzon plays for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He registered a goal and an assist in five games with Team Canada heading into the semifinal, with a plus/minus rating of plus-3.

Though the tournament is now over for Zboril and Vladar, the world stage experience will help them moving forward.

Zboril's and Vladar's both participated in the group stages of the tournament for Team Czech Republic.

Zboril, who plays junior hockey with the Saint John's Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, tallied four assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-2 through the Czech Republic's four games, and was one of six players on the team to post a positive plus/minus rating.

The Bruins' 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft played an average of 19:59 per game, ranking second on the team.

Vladar, the 19-year-old Prague native, has played six games this season for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, and three games for the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.

Vladar started two games for the Czechs at the World Junior Championship.

Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com for more updates on Boston Bruins prospects as the World Junior Championship continues.

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