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Rookies Start Prospects Challenge with 3-2 Win over Penguins

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

The 2017 Boston Bruins Rookie Camp, presented by AT&T, is taking place before main camp opens on Sept. 14. As part of camp, the rookies are competing in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, and competing against prospects from the Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New Jersey Devils. For more information on the prospects, visit BostonBruins.com/prospects.

BUFFALO - The Bruins' prospects started the 2017 Prospects Challenge with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins' prospects in overtime on Friday evening at the HarborCenter.

Jesse Gabrielle net the winner from the left wing off the rush during 3-on-3 overtime. At the end of his shift, after an end-to-end rush, Gabrielle slid a shot by goaltender Alex D'Orio.

"Yeah I went D zone, offensive zone, missed it, had to get back, and then I had another chance there, and we were both pretty [tired]," smiled Gabrielle. "So I was glad we got to finish the game there."

Gabrielle - a fourth-round pick by Boston in the 2015 NHL Draft - spent the 2016-17 season with the Prince George Cougars, notching 35 goals and 64 points, along with 88 penalty minutes.

"I think the management have helped me a lot, setting my expectations, but I think I'm ready to make the jump this year," said Gabrielle. "I've been putting in the work and hopefully I get a chance to show them what I can do."

"I see myself as a versatile guy; I can put the puck in the net and play up and down the lineup," said Gabrielle. "Now I'm just going to do whatever I can to help the Bruins win."

The Bruins' prospects started the game sluggish, getting outscored 2-0 and outshot 14-4 in the first period.

"We came out as a team and maybe jitters in the first, but we bounced back in the second and third, and got the win like we knew we were supposed to, and we could get," said Gabrielle.

They reset for the second frame, and brought the game within one, thanks to a power-play goal by Jack Studnicka, assisted by Matt Grzelcyk and Jeremy Lauzon. The B's also outshot the Pens 11-4 in the period.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson knotted the game at 2-2 with a shot from the slot at 1:01 into the third period.

"It was obviously not our best first period, but we've all been through those before and I think there were some jitters," said Providence Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach, who is behind the bench for the Prospects Challenge. "And I think we were fancy, I think we were things that we as an organization don't want to be and the great thing about it from a coaches' perspective is that as a team, it's a teaching point."

"So hopefully they understood that we're more of a straight line team, a team that wants to get pucks to the net," said Leach. "And I think you saw that in the second and third. It was a night and day difference."

The Bruins prospects next face off against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET at the HarborCenter. Stay tuned to Twitter @NHLBruins for a link to a live stream.

Game 1 Lineup vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Danton Heinen - Jack Studnicka - Zach Senyshyn

Ryan Fitzgerald - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Oskar Steen

Jesse Gabrielle - Joona Koppanen - Justin Hickman

Cedric Pare - James Hamblin - Shawn Boudrias

Matt Grzelcyk - Victor Berglund

Jakub Zboril - Connor Clifton

Jeremy Lauzon - Emil Johansson

Starting Goalie: Kyle Keyser // Backup: Luke Richardson

Healthy Scratches: Anders Bjork, Rob O'Gara, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Owen Headrick, Ethan Sakowich, Alex Gacek

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