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Prospect Report: January 3 News & Notes

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins
2012-13 PROSPECT REPORT VIDEOS: The latest Prospect Report video includes insight from Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on left wing Justin Florek and right wing Brian Ferlin and can be found here.

CANADA, RUSSIA BATTLE FOR BRONZE: After a strong showing in the preliminary round, Canada – along with Bruins prospects Malcolm Subban, Dougie Hamilton and Anthony Camara – had its hopes for a gold medal dashed by its North American rival, falling to the United States 5-1 on Thursday at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Ufa, Russia. Heading into the game undefeated in the tournament, Canada had previously garnered a U.S. 2-1 in preliminary-round play, with Subban in net for all four wins.

Canada and the B’s prospects will now play for the bronze medal on Saturday, January 5, against Russia and prospect Alexander Khokhlachev at 4:00 a.m. EST live on NHL Network. Russia had its own  gold medal dreams dashed when Sweden defeated the host country 3-2 in a shootout.

WORLD JUNIORS STAT LINES: Through five games, Subban has posted a 2.64 GAA and .908 SV%, Camara has notched two assists and Hamilton has recorded a goal and an assist, along with a plus-2 rating. On the Russian side, Khokhlachev has two goals and two assists through six games heading into the bronze-medal match-up, and was named Russia’s Player of the Game in their loss to Sweden.

P-BRUINS REVIEW: Since going 7-1-1 in a span of nine games from late November through mid-December, Providence has posted a 2-3-0 record from December 21 - January 2. However, all three losses came at a one-goal differential, with the P-Bruins falling to Worcester 5-4 and 3-2 on two occassions, and to Portland 2-1. Trent Whitfield made his return to the P-Bruins lineup on Wednesday night (January 2), after being sidelined with an injury since October 26. The AHL veteran was selected to serve as a captain for the AHL All-Star Classic in Providence. Another veteran Chris Bourque has seen a spark in offensive production recently, scoring five goals in five consecutive games from Dec. 21 - Dec. 29, starting the streak with a two-goal night against Worcester.

PROVIDENCE LEADERS: Bourque currently leads the P-Bruins with 25 points (7-18), followed by Jamie Tardif, who has 21 points and is first on the squad with 15 goals. Ryan Spooner is third with 17 points (7-10), despite missing five games in December. When it comes to league rankings, Niklas Svedberg leads all AHL rookie goaltenders in saves (552), wins (12) and minutes played (1163) through games on January 2. The netminder recently made a season-high 43 saves in a 4-2 win over Adirondack on December 28. In the plus-minus category, Tommy Cross leads the P-Bruins with a plus-7 rating through 14 games since begin recalled on November 28.

FLOREK’S PATIENCE PAYING OFF: Providence left wing Justin Florek produced plenty while wearing the green and gold of his alma mater Northern Michigan, but the numbers haven’t been there as of yet in his rookie season, with a 3-3=6 stat line. But it’s clear that the message to Florek from the Black & Gold brass has been to stay the course. The Michigan native is this report’s “Professional Spotlight” found here.

Bruins prospect and Cornell Big Red right winger Brian Ferlin scored his first two goals of the season at the College Hockey Classic in his home state of Florida over the holidays. The forward is featured in this report’s “Amateur Spotlight” found here.

Two teams with B’s prospects were ranked in the latest weekly BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings released on Wednesday, January 2. Despite the the London Knights’ impressive winning streak halted at 24 games, Seth Griffith and his squad are ranked second behind the Halifax Mooseheads. Though Anthony Camara has been competing for Team Canada overseas, his Barrie Colts remain in the rankings at No. 10.

STINGRAYS UPDATE: The Bruins ECHL affiliate South Carolina Stingrays have posted a 2-3 record in the team’s past five games. Tyler Randell, who was recalled to the Providence Bruins on December 5 , has been reassigned to the Stingrays as of January 2, along with Jared Knight, who has not appeared in a game for Providence since the first two games of the season due to injury.
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