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Providence 3, Worcester 1

Where to even begin.

Over the last few days, it’s been well-documented by sources around the country that Joe Colborne was to arrive in Providence from Denver on Wednesday and begin training with the P-Bruins. Likewise, it was stated here on this blog that were Maxime Sauve to finish his season with Val d’Or in a timely manner, that he could be in Providence on a similar schedule. No one really mentioned Steve Kampfer, but as Michigan’s season drew to a close, it was assumed he’d head to Providence as well.

Brian Roloff was signed today. Devin Timberlake was signed several days ago. Colborne, Kampfer, and Sauve arrived prepared to play tonight. Providence is being flooded by new talent, and the kids have shown up in style.

In a 3-1 victory over Worcester, Sauve had two goals, both assisted by Colborne, and both coming on the powerplay. Another new face, Devin Timberlake (signed to a tryout contract before the last game) scored the third goal, assisted by Brian Roloff, the newcomer signed today from University of Vermont. Despite being outshot 49-26, the P-Bruins capitalized on their chances and leaned heavily on Dany Sabourin, who stood tall. The new kids are going to make Zach Hamill irrelevant, and indeed Hamill was a -1 on the night with only two shots on net.

The Colborne-to-Sauve connection is the P-Bruins’ new hotness, and if both of them stay in the AHL next year along with Caron, it’ll be safe to expect great things out of this club.

3 Stars:

1. Maxime Sauve
2. Dany Sabourin
3. Joe Colborne

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News from the Q

After a long wait (okay, not really, one week) we finally have some photos of our Bruins prospects!

In game four of the QMJHL playoff series between Val d’Or and Rouyn Noranda, Val d’Or tied the series at two games apiece. Sauve and Caron continued their brilliant play, with Sauve getting two goals and an assist and Caron logging one goal. That brings their totals for this series alone to four goals and three assists for Caron, three goals and two assists for Sauve. Not too shabby.

Maxime Sauve

And I will call it....the Caronface.

GREEN HAIR IS NEVER ~EVER~ A GOOD DECISION. Oh, Sauve.

Caron getting a little yappy? I'm ok with this.

You can check out more photos here. It seems like in every photo of Sauve playing, he’s in the crease, either running the goalie over or creating a mess of traffic like a tiny French Mark Recchi. Excitement is building to get this kid to Providence; of course an upset is always possible but Rouyn Noranda came in heavily favored to win this matchup, and the series could end as soon as Saturday. With Providence running the gamut of injuries and players lost to callups, Sauve could be making an impact as early as April 2nd against Worcester.

Lucky Sunday

A random last-minute decision turned into a ticket to the Bruins game today, a game drawing a lot of skepticism after the Bruins’ completely flat performance against the Penguins on Thursday. I’d almost resigned myself to breaking up with the NHL and settling for AHL and QMJHL hockey for the rest of the season.

Not necessary; the Bruins have temporarily won me back.

A 2-1 decision in which the game-winner comes off a Dennis Wideman backhand one-timer has a lot of Bruins fans questioning the tilt of the universe today, especially in a game where the referees seemed determined to break the record for ridiculous not-really-offsides offsides calls. Whatever. Miroslav Satan says no to referee fail by punching in a rebound from an Andy Ference shot in the second period. Dennis Wideman agrees in the third, with an assist from a long-pointless Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka was a force to be reckoned with against the Rangers, exchanging blows briefly with Sean Avery and laying sweet wrecking-ball style hits on Dubinsky and Drury.

Of course this game was full of its share of stupid penalties; Chara took a double-minor for being too tall (high-sticking); Satan took a stupid one for hooking, but Patrice Bergeron, in the mix seemingly every time there was a scrum, took the best roughing penalty ever in the third period, when this happened:

Bergy, you can do this forever.

Defending your teammate: you’re doing it right. Bergeron stepped in all day long, and so did most of the other Bruins; it was painfully obvious who cared about this game and who didn’t. Bergeron cared. Darn right.

The absolutely chippy play kept this game ridiculously entertaining despite the low score. Mark Stuart got boarded a few moments into the first period, then immediate got up, turned around, and took a roughing penalty. Steve Begin put some monster hits on a few Rangers, taking two of them out in one blow at one point; he got a standing ovation for a fight against Prust about three minutes in the first. Even Satan was checking people into the boards, and we got some brief glimpses of Lucic’s former brilliance in the corner. Del Zotto crept one past Tuukka Rask late in the third, but it was too little too late for New York, and the Bruins got their second home victory of 2010.

Tuuuuuuuuuuuuk!

Three stars:

#1 Tuukka Rask

#2 Steve Begin

#3 Vladimir Sobotka*

*Probably the most hard-earned 3rd star I’ve ever seen. Sobotka worked his heart out today, and it paid off. Personally I’d have given him the 2nd star, but Begin’s fight and two-rangers-one-hit was just way too impressive.

ELSEWHERE IN THE BRUINS SYSTEM:

  • Providence dropped a ridiculously important decision to Hartford today, losing 4-3 in overtime. It’s not all doom and gloom, though; Yannick Riendeau scored the first goal of his pro career. John Lammers and Jeff Penner tallied the other two goals. Unfortunately, Zach Hamill had a really ugly turnover in OT which lead to the game-winning goal; for someone so highly-touted, Hamill is a bit of a disappointment this season. With this loss, Providence is now 6 points out of a playoff spot; Wilkes-Barre and Bridgeport are still ahead.
  • In the QMJHL last night, Jordan Caron’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies dropped Max Sauve’s Val d’Or Foreurs 5-3. Caron had two goals and an assist; Sauve had one goal. Count me in as being excited for when these kids come to Providence! The next game of that series, which is currently tied 1-1, is Tuesday at 7:30PM EST.

I’m not over it, but Tommy Cross is awesome (again)

Okay, yeah, the Beanpot was disappointing, not even going to lie about that. I realized halfway through the game that I’d completely forgotten one of the Bruins’ prospects played for BC – not only that, but he was someone I’d taken notes on/checked out this summer. Whoops…anyways, here’s 2007 draft pick Tommy Cross!

Tommy Cross! That Bruins uniform does wonders for you, sir. Much better than the BC one.

Defenseman Tommy Cross got his start in the Connecticut hockey system, playing at Simsbury High and the Westminster School. In addition to racking up the points for his high school teams, Cross participated in the 2005 Under-17 Five nations tournament in Switzerland (USA won gold), the 2006 Under-18 Four nations tournament in Sweden, and captained his Under-18 team to a Silver medal at a tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 2006. He played two games with United States’ National Under-18 team at the IIHF tournament in 2007 in Finland, on a roster than included future cross-town rivals Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen, Vinny Saponari, and Colin Wilson, along with future NHLer James Van Riemsdyk and 2010 USA juniors star Danny Kristo.

His solid defensive performance in high school and in IIHF play got him notice for the 2007 draft, and sure enough, he was taken 35th overall, with the Bruins 2nd round pick – they traded their 2nd and 3rd round picks to the Chicago Blackhawks to snag Cross. Former teammate Van Riemsdyk went 2nd overall; Zach Hamill was the Bruins’ 1st round pick. Oh, and that skinny little dude who picked a fight against the Falcons a few weeks ago, Jordan Knackstedt? 189th overall. The 2007 draft was relatively USA-heavy, compared to prior and later years; 30% of the draft class was USA-born and only 20% European-born, compared to 28% from USA and 32% from Europe in 2006, and 20% USA/21% Europe in 2008. Post-draft, Cross played one more year at Westminster, tallying 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 25 games. He also played 9 games with the Junior Blue Jackets, logging 4 points there (4 assists) before starting at Boston College as a freshman in the 08-09 season. It must have been nice, walking through the halls of a championship winning school in Fall 2008.

Tommy Cross is a Boston boy; his college decision came down to BU or BC, and although he made the wrong decision to go with BC and Jerry York’s system, sticking with two teammates from his youth hockey days (Cam Atkinson and Nick Petrecki), it’s good to see a star player from New England sticking with the region. He played 2/3 of his freshman season at BC before missing the last third with a knee injury; still, as a freshman, he registered 8 assists in 19 games, all against Hockey East teams, including one three-assist game against Maine.

Cross was invited to participate in Bruins’ training camp in 2009; he did not skate until the 3rd day of camp, participating only in off-ice exercises due to continued rehab. He’s back out there for Boston College this year; known for his stay-at-home defensive style, Cross has logged four goals and four assists. He’s mobile for his 6’3, 210lb frame, but needs to work on his offensive game a little more; on the Hockey’s Future Bruins’ depth chart he’s ranked higher than most of the P-Bruins’ defensemen, so he should give that team a solid boost on the blue line, eventually. Once he’s through with Boston College he’ll be due to at least star on the P-Bruins, with an eventual callup to the NHL probable, as long as he continues developing.

Tommy Cross. Come play for the Bruins soon, plz.

So enjoy your Beanpot, sir; you’ve got great things in your future. Besides, BU is winning it next year, so don’t get too used to having it around.