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Prospect Report: NCAA Preview

by Evan Sporer / Boston Bruins

The following feature appears in the October 15th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report. Download the complete report, which includes features, upcoming games and statistics on all Bruins prospects, by clicking here. - With the college hockey season under way, the Bruins NCAA prospects are back on campus and ready for 2012-13. The B’s have players skating throughout the United States on teams competing in the Hockey East, ECAC, CCHA and WCHA conferences. Most conferences began play the weekend of October 12-14.

Forward Alex Fallstrom returns for his senior season at Harvard, after becoming the second-highest scorer on Head Coach Ted Donato’s Crimson squad last season, despite missing time due to injury. This season, a healthy Fallstrom is looking to lead Harvard to the team’s first Beanpot championship since 1993. He also has his sights set on helping the Crimson to an ECAC Championship run and an NCAA Tournament birth.

Brian Ferlin, the first player from Jacksonville, Florida to be selected in the NHL Draft, is back at Cornell coming off a very successful freshman campaign when the winger was awarded both the ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year awards and finished in the top-12 nationally in points per game (0.81). Ferlin’s season was cut short due to injury, but he said at B’s Development Camp this past July that he’s feeling better than ever.

Matt Grzelcyk is a member of the Boston University Terriers just months after being drafted by his hometown team. The blueliner is part of a perennial powerhouse in Hockey East after spending the past two seasons with USA Hockey’s successful National Team Development Program. Grzelyck was a big part of the U.S. roster that earned the country’s fourth consecutive gold medal at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship and said his USA Hockey experience has played a huge role in preparing him for the next level.

Mark Goggin is a 5’11,” 185-pound center in his third season with the Dartmouth College Big Green in the ECAC. While he did not play during the 2010-11 season due to injury, Goggin played in 14 games in 2011- 12, notching six points (3-3) for Dartmouth as a rookie. He’ll look to improve this season and help Dartmouth reach the NCAA tournament.

Zane Gothberg has suited up for the University of North Dakota between the pipes in two exhibitions games—and two wins—to kick off his freshman season. UND is in the midst of an incredibly successful stretch of hockey, as the team won its third consecutive WCHA championship last year and will enter the season ranked fourth in the nation. Gothberg, a 20-year-old with two years of experience with the USHL’s Fargo Force, hopes to make an immediate impact and challenge for the starting role on an already established UND squad.

Like former Fargo Force teammate and fellow B’s prospect Goth- berg, forward Colton Hargrove is also in his freshman year at the age of 20. The bruising, 6-foot-2 winger is looking to bring a physical game to a Western Michigan team that captured its second ever CCHA championship last season and was ranked 11th in the pre- season poll. Hargrove said in July at Development Camp that his goal is to help the Broncos get right back there this coming spring.

Defenseman Rob O’Gara is in his freshman season at Yale, joining Fall- strom, Ferlin and Goggin in the ECAC. O’Gara is with the Bulldogs after playing two seasons of prep hockey at Milton Academy. At 6-foot-3, O’Gara is an imposing blueliner who has attended the Bruins last two development camps and is expected to garner plenty of attention across the ECAC.

Ben Sexton is in his junior year at Clarkson University, and the cen- ter is wearing the captain’s “C” for the Golden Knights. Last season, Sexton served as an assistant captain and scored more than a point a game in an injury-shortened campaign. Sexton’s eight goals were fourth on the team, and his 21 assists were a team high. The forward told at Development Camp that he hopes to help lead the Golden Knights into the ECAC playoffs, and continue to be a leader for the team’s younger players during his third collegiate season.

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