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In The Pipeline: Rookie Connection

by Mike Lewis /

Rookie forwards Jayce Hawyrluk and Denis Malgin have found quick chemistry together over the Springfield Thunderbirds' last three games.

The two 20-year olds had briefly played together in the Panthers three-game prospect tournament back in September and connected on a goal in Florida's first game of the tournament. Malgin would go on to record a tournament leading six goals in three games. In back-to-back nights this past weekend, Hawryluk and Malgin lined up together again, setting each other up for their first AHL goals.

On Jan. 20 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Malgin stickhandled through the Bridgeport defense to find an open Hawryluk in front of a wide open net. Without hesitation, Hawryluk buried Malgin's pass score his first professional career goal.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Last night @JayceHawryluk scored his 1st professional goal. @FlaPanthers

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: There it is! 1st professional goal for @JayceHawryluk!

The very next night against the Binghamton Senators, Hawryluk returned the favor. After receiving a pass from Springfield's leading scorer Chase Balisy (7-16-23) on a neutral zone rush, Hawryluk sped into the offensive zone and sent a cross-crease pass to Malgin who netted his first goal as a Thunderbird.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: 2nd night in a row that Malgin and Hawryluk have connected. #TbirdsAHL


After missing over two months due to injury, Graham Black returned to the lineup for the T-Birds on Jan. 16 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In just his second game back, Black scored his second goal of the season on Jan. 20 against Bridgeport.

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: GOALLL �� T-Birds are first on the board!! Goal scored by Black, assisted by Balisy and Greco @TheSoundTigers

Tweet from @thunderbirdsahl: Highlights from last night's loss to the @TheSoundTigers.


Over the weekend, freshman forward Henrik Borgstrom (FLA-2016, first round) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season for Denver University on Jan. 20 against St. Cloud State.

Tweet from @DU_Hockey: GOAL! �� @punanen5 uses a pair of @SCSUHUSKIES_MH defenders as a screen & wires home a wrist shot to tie the game up at one apiece! #DUvsSCSU

Sophomore forward Miguel Fidler (FLA-2014, fifth round) recorded assists in both of Ohio State's games against Penn State this weekend (0-2-2) and has now recorded four points (1-3-4) over his last five games. Fidler's assist on Jan. 21, marked his NCAA career-best eighth point of the season (2-6-8).

Freshman defenseman Benjamin Finkelstein (FLA-2016, seventh round) recorded a goal and an assist on Jan. 21 against fellow Panthers prospect Matt Buckles and Cornell, registering his sixth point (3-3-6) over his last seven games. Finkelstein has registered goals in three consecutive games.

Senior forward Matt Buckles (FLA-2013, fourth round) recorded assists in two consecutive games this past weekend for Cornell, extending his point streak to three games (0-3-3). Buckles' five assists is a NCAA career-high for assists in a season. Over his last eight games played, Buckles has recorded six points (2-4-6).

Click here for this week's full prospect report.

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