Bruins Photographer Alan Sullivan Needs Your Help

By: Mark Allred              Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

I’ve known for some time that my friend and Bruins photographer Alan Sullivan has been struggling with diabetes and recently found out some terrible news over the holiday season and could use some help from the many folks that he’s meet in the past and touched through his work covering the Boston Bruins, Providence Bruins, and other sports-related events. I meet Alan three years ago at the annual Bruins Development Camp at Ristuccia Memorial Arena where the Bruins used to hold team camps and practices before upgrading to the new Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Alan has always been a class act when I need permission to use an image for any articles and always up to meet at Bruins related events to have a friendly discussion about life and whats going on throughout the organization. He’s still going strong with the no quit attitude after his recent diagnosis and I had the pleasure to talk for awhile as he was in attendance at last night’s Boston Bruins – Montreal Canadiens contest at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts doing the thing he loves as the B’s beat the Habs 4-1 in front of a sold-out crowd.

I’m asking all the readers of the Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog to please take a moment and read up on the struggles my friend Alan is going through and even consider donating to his cause to not only save his foot/leg but ultimately help save his life.

Below is Alan Sullivan’s message from his GoFundMe Page. Details to donate are provided below.

For over 6 years I have been in a severe battle with Diabetes.  In this battle, there have been many fights and it has come to pass that I have lost most of those fights.

All the toes on my right foot have been amputated, through several surgeries. This is the result of Osteomyelitis (bone infections) and other diabetic related issues.

Today, I am in a new fight:  to save my foot and leg from being amputated just below the knee due to another bone infection currently in my heel.

This news came to me as I was recently hospitalized again.   I had a feeling things were not going well because of a blister from a few months ago. It began to hurt and that is not a good sign for me as I am now aware of what it feels like to get Osteomyelitis.  On December 26, a visit to the emergency room confirmed my suspicion. I was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital and treated for 5 days. Doctors confirmed that I do have Osteo again and that I am in danger of losing the foot & leg up the knee if treatment does not work yet again.

As most of you know, I have been in some form of walking boot for the last 6 years.  I am probably more recognizable with the boot on (and sometimes my scooter!)  but I still smile every day and I never let it or these battles beat me down.

However, there is another battle on this front which has finally caught up to me: medical bills.  Costs ranging from medications, treatments, doctor visits (I have been paying $60 co-pays almost weekly for over a year) and hospital stays – many of which are not fully covered my insurance – have been a major concern for me.

These new bills for this new treatment to save my foot & leg will be devastating, as I am only one man and make one salary and I am going to be out of work for up to 6 weeks along with already being out for almost 8 weeks this past summer. I simply cannot catch up with all the bills that are coming in and today I am asking for your help.

I’ll be honest, I hate to be the person that needs a Go Fund Me page. However, after much consideration, I feel as if this is my only option and I am truly humbled to be doing such a thing.

I want to be back up again and taking photos at the Bruins games   –  please help me save my foot and donate to my cause.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please consider making a donation  –  of any amount, as anything would be a tremendous help!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely yours,
Alan Sullivan

Below is a link to donate and help my friend and a classy gentleman.

https://www.gofundme.com/9×824-save-the-foot

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #79 1-8-18

By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 79 of the Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast in partnership with Grandstand Sports Network the best view in sports. This week we welcomed to the show CBSBoston.com, NHL.com Bruins writer and author of the book 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Matt Kalman to the show for a fun discussion of interesting Bruins topics in kind of a Q&A session.

Also, added a great discussion with Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament Founder and Sudbury Mass. FireFighter Mike Matros on the show to share some information about the upcoming festivities being held at the eight-rink New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts during the weekend of April 20th-22nd 2018. For more information on this great event, please go to heroescuphockey.com

Also joining the show for some Bruins fan interaction, I had the pleasure of talking to Ian Kelly about the state of the Bruins from a fans perspective. Thanks for the time Ian!

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Binnington’s All-Star Performance In Providence

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

When the National Hockey Leagues St. Louis Blues organization ended their affiliation with the American Hockey Leagues Chicago Wolves, the Blues needed to find places for their top minor-pro prospects to get the adequate skating time and continue the developmental process. The Blues seemingly had no interest in continuing to operate or share a minor-league club with new NHL franchise the Vegan Golden Knights who agreed with the Wolves on an affiliation in May of 2017. On October 10th, 2017, the Blues agreed to a five-year agreement with the established AHL club, San Antonio Rampage but that won’t begin until the 2018-19 season. Before the 2017-18 campaign begun the Providence Bruins received Blues prospect goaltender Jordan Binnington on a loan agreement, and the timing was perfect as former Bruins prospect netminder and 2012 first-round selection Malcolm Subban was claimed off waivers from the new NHL franchise the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Although, I found the Binnington loan agreement to Providence a bit frustrating as Bruins 2015 third-round selection Dan Vladar remained in the East Coast Hockey League with the  Premier “AA” B’s affiliate Atlanta Gladiators after playing well when recalled to the AHL, it took me awhile to understand the angle Bruins management was going with a move like this. Regardless of my unprofessional opinion, B’s management knows what they’re doing and believe a player like Vladar would benefit greatly with more time at the lower level in his development and wouldn’t doubt he will be in Providence in the 2018-19 season as that will be his last season of his current three-year entry-level contract.

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Binnington, who’s now an AHL veteran at the age of 24 was drafted by the Blues in the third-round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has only seen action at the top-level of the world in one game totaling 13 minutes in the crease for St. Louis in 2015-16. Spending his entire minor-pro career in the Blues organization serving one full season with the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings and the rest of his tenure with the AHL Chicago team, after having a successful junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Attack. In his time with the AHL Chicago team, the 6′-1″ 174-pound Richmond Hills, Ontario Canada native posted a career record of 59-41-17, a goals-against-average of 2.74, and .913 save percentage. His best year for the Wolves team came in the 2014-15 season where he compiled a 25-15-4 record with a 2.35 GAA, and .916% with three shutouts.

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This season with the Providence Bruins, Jordan is on pace to have a career year, and his efforts after being relocated have been spectacular the far better netminder over B’s developing project Zane McIntyre. In 11 games thus far in the 2017-18 campaign, Binnington is 9-1-1 with a GAA of 1.59 and .938 save% while earning one shutout. In a minimum of 10 games, Binnington’s goals-against-average is ranked an AHL best while his save percentage is ranked second. Former Bruins developing project Michael Hutchinson leads mostly all AHL goaltending categories with a 14-2-2 record with a 1.77 GAA and .947 save%. Leading the way in AHL victories this season is a two-way tie at 15 with Rochester Americans Linus Ullmark and Milwaukee Admirals Anders Lindback.

The 2017-18 AHL All-Star game will be held at the home of the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Arena un Utica, New York and with what Jordan is doing with his new team as a player on-loan, he should get recognized by the many that have the privilege to vote for the ultimate honor. Jordan is currently on a seven-game winning streak passing his career high of five he earned when he appeared in 45 games in 2014-15 in his first full professional AHL season.

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The 21-8-3-0 first place Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference Providence Bruins finished up a season-long eight-game road trip last weekend in Belleville, Ontario with a 3-2 loss to the Senators and look to entertain the Rhode Island faithful after spending a month away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in two of three games during this weekends schedule.  The B’s host the 13-15-3-3 Hartford Wolf Pack tomorrow night, then make a short trip to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds on Saturday night. Providence returns to the Dunk to end the third weekend game on Sunday when the Syracuse Crunch, a team the B’s lost 5-3 in the only meeting this season but also a team that knocked out the B’s in the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference finals where the Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pbruinsfanclub

Providence Bruins
Fan Club

PO Box 40963
Providence, RI 02940
401.426.8277

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Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th 2017

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 24th to Dec. 30th, 2017

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team wrapped up the final three games of the season-long eight-game road trip last week and went 2-1 to end the 2017 calendar year. The week started in Utica, New York on Wednesday, December 27th at Adirondack Bank Center against the Utica Comets and the B’s walked away with a 5-4 shootout victory. B’s goal scorers were Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson with his 10th assisted by Austin Czarnik and Kenny Agostino at the 4:09 mark of the second period to tie the score at one apiece. Jumping to the third period Adam Payerl ties the score at 2-2 with his second goal of the season at the 6:28 mark assisted by Colby Cave and Colton Hargrove.

Providence forward Justin Hickman got his 4th of the year at 9:40 of the third assisted by Chris Porter and Payerl and were down to Utica by the score of 4-3. At the 18:47 mark of the third period recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his second of the year unassisted to tie the score at 4-4 to force overtime. There was no scoring in the extra frame which resulted in a shootout that was won from the effort of Kenny Agostino who had some quick hands and shoulder movements to fake Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko out of his skates for the 5-4 victory.
Zane McIntyre got the start on the rare mid-week contest and stopped 26 of 30 shots for his 11th win of the season.

Stars of the game for the B’s against the Comets were Austin Czarnik with the third star, and first star honors went to Jakob-Forsbacka-Karlsson.

The second to last game of the road trip had the Providence team staying in the city of Utica, New York on December 29th with another tilt against the Comets and the B’s played much better on this night only giving up one goal to the opposition leading to a 3-1 victory. B’s goal scorers were defenseman Connor Clifton with his 2nd of the season at the 4:53 mark of the first period assisted by Zach Senyshyn and Kenny Agostino. Moving to the second period with ten seconds remaining in the middle frame Austin Czarnik nets his 9th of the year assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Agostino.

The Comets pull goaltender Richard Bachman late in the third period, but with six seconds remaining in the third frame, Anton Blidh scores an empty-net goal for his 6th goal of the season which went unassisted.
Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the start on this night stopping 21 of 22 Utica shots for his 9th win of the season and 7th straight victory in a row. The 24-year-old Binnington is undoubtedly putting in an All-Star effort this season coming from the St. Louis Blues organization and should get recognition for his efforts in the All-Star game being held in Utica this year. Jordan has a league-best goal-against-average of 1.59, and second-ranked .938 save percentage.

Bruins stars of the game against the Comets were Kenny Agostino with the 3rd Star and Connor Clifton with the 1st Star.

The third game of the week and final of the month-long road trip had the Providence team crossing the border into Ontario, Canada on December 30th against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators but unfortunately, the B’s could not hold off the pesky Sens and lost 3-2 in overtime. After the Bruins went scoreless and down 2-0 in the first period, they made a courageous effort to make a game of it with a goal from big defenseman Chris Breen who scored his first of the season at the 17:44 mark of the middle frame assisted by Kenny Agostino and Jordan Szwarz. Tying the game at two a piece at the 12:26 mark of the third period, scrappy forward Anton Blidh scored his 7th and second goal in as many nights to eventually force the two teams to overtime.

Belleville would only need 1:47 into the extra session to take advantage of a discombobulated Bruins defense which left the B’s goaltender out high and dry to end the game and the forever long road trip.
Zane McIntyre got the start in this nights game stopping 29 of 32 and looks to get back on track with his efforts from last season as the new 2018 calendar year has turned.

No Bruins factored in the three stars of the game against the Sens.

The Providence Bruins end 2017 with a 21-8-3-0 record earning 45 points good for first in the Atlantic Division and first in the Eastern Conference. Also, the team is currently on a three-game unbeaten streak and 7-2-1 in last ten.

East Coast Hockey League

The Atlanta Gladiators played in three games last week, and Boston Bruins third-round pick in 2015 goaltender Dan Vladar got to see action in two of those contests between the pipes. The first game was at home on Wednesday, December 27th when he stopped 42 of 46 shots taking a 4-0 shutout to the hands of rival Florida Everblades and suffering his 8th loss of the year. The second game of the week came on Saturday, December 30th on the road against the South Carolina Stingrays and made 27 of 30 shots for a 3-1 loss and 9th defeat of the season.
Vladar has now appeared in 18 games for the “AA” Premier League Gladiators and has a record of 7-9-1-0 with a 3.06 goals-against-average and .907 save percentage.

Ontario Hockey League

The Oshawa Generals played in two games last week after the 2017 Holiday stoppage and b’s prospect forward Jack Studnicka was ready to get back to work with two assists at home on Thursday night December 28th in a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters. The second game of the week was on Friday night December 29th on the road against the Ottawa 67’s and got another two helpers in a 4-3 win in the Canadian Capital City. In 37 game played this season for the Gens the 18-year-old 2017 B’s second-round pick leads his club in assists and overall points with 10-27-37 numbers.

Staying with the Generals team is Bruins goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser who was in net for both victories last week improving his season record to 11-6-0 with a 2.98 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage. With the two wins last week the Bruins free agent signing from Coral Springs, Florida is now on a four-game winning streak.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

The Saint John Sea Dogs appeared in three games after the holiday break and Bruins prospect forward Cedric Pare factored in two of the three contests. The 2017 sixth-round B’s draft pick scored a goal at home against Cape Breton on Thursday night December 28th and added an assist on Friday night December 29th at home against Moncton to get his season and career-high point streak to six games. Unfortunately, that impressive streak was snapped against rival Moncton this time on the road when the top-six forward failed to get on the score sheet to end the 2017 year.

Western Hockey League

The Brandon Wheat Kings played in four games after the mandated holiday break last week, and Bruins 2017 7th round pick Daniel Bukac manned the blue line in all of them. The big defenseman who had offseason surgery returned to action at the beginning of December last year, and after going pointless in his first six contests of the 2017-18 season, he has an assist in three of the four games played last week and is currently on a two-game point streak.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Harvard University’s Ryan Donato continues to have his best year in the college ranks scoring a point-per-game in all in the 2017-18 campaign. Returning to action after almost a month off the talented forward got back to work offensively when his Crimson team appeared in the Catamount Cup Holiday Tournament that was held in Burlington, Vermont. The first Cup game was against Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell Riverhawks on Friday December 29th where he scored a goal in a 5-2 loss but was explosive in the second game on Saturday, December 30th against host and Hockey East’s Vermont Catamounts where he scored three goals and added an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games. The 2014 Bruins draft pick leads the team with 12-8-20 numbers and is ranked 39th in scoring in the country.

2018 World Junior Championship Tournament

Six Boston Bruins prospects are playing in the popular U-20 tournament in the Buffalo, New York area and at about the half-way point of the festivities below are some stats on how they are doing offensively.

Team USA
D – Ryan Lindgren   4GP 0 points
F – Trent Frederic   4GP 1-0-1
G – Jeremy Swayman Not Played As of Yet

Team Finland
F – Joona Koppanen   4GP 3-1-1
D – Urho Vaakanainen   4GP 0-1-1

Team Sweden
F – Oskar Steen   4GP 1-1-2

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #78 1-1-18

By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 78 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, Mark and Court are without co-host Rob but we pushed on with a few topics as we recorded a day late but to fill some air-time we welcomed back Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog writer and Youtube Bruins BFR Vlogger Spencer Faschetta to the program.
We talked about last weeks games and the upcoming schedule as the calendar year changes to 2018. We added a few other topics and later welcomed back Rogers TV Colour Analyst and QMJHL Scout Craig Eagles to talk about the recent promotion of Bruins prospect Cedric Pare and the state of the Saint John Sea Dogs organization.

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Bruins Could Move ECHL Affiliate To Maine

 

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

In early November of 2017, I was reading through one of my favorite minor-pro hockey websites and came across an interesting article at thesinbin.net website about the new East Coast Coast Hockey League franchise that’s going to start operations and return hockey to the Portland, Maine area. Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland hasn’t seen pro hockey since the American Hockey Leagues Portland Pirates departed in 2016. The article I read was written by Matthew Wiernasz and found it very interesting what was said from former National Hockey League player and now ECHL Maine Mariners Vice President of Hockey Operations Daniel Briere that can be seen below or HERE in the original article by the Sin Bin author Mr. Wiernasz.

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Just for the record, I reached out to the author of this article and editing manager for permission to use a portion of what was written as a continued conversation piece on my thoughts on the franchise moving forward.

PORTLAND, ME –  The Maine Mariners will take to the ice in the ECHL for the 2018-19 season.  The name was revealed back in September.  Daniel Briere is Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Mariners and says the Mariners name reflects well on the area.

“WE’RE DEFINITELY EXCITED. THERE IS JUST A STRONG HISTORY OF IT AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HOPEFULLY SOME OF THAT BACK,” BRIERE SAID.

Briere is no stranger to the Downeast coast of Maine, having played the first several years of his career with the Springfield Falcons (American Hockey League) and making frequent trips to Cross Insurance Arena. Briere says that when he played here, Cross Insurance Arena’s atmosphere was good, games were well attended by fans and it was a fun place to go play.

“WHEN YOU MOVE FROM BUILDING TO BUILDING, THE BEST PLACES ARE WHERE THEY HAVE FANS IN THE STANDS AND THAT WAS ALWAYS THE CASE HERE IN PORTLAND,” BRIERE SAID.

There has been a good push of people and fans looking for season tickets before the announcement thinking regardless of the team name, they are ready to support the new franchise and brand of hockey in the City of Portland.

 

The particular area of the that was most interesting to me was what Mr. Briere had to say at the end of the article and interview that got the wheels turning and racking my brain for over a month was what he mentioned below.

On Briere’s list of things to do before the puck drops at the Cross Insurance Arena in October 2018 is procure an NHL/AHL affiliation. Briere tells The Sin Bin the plan is to have discussions with a few teams as the season continues, but he believes it’s not something that is a must-have in the team’s first season. If they have the chance and makes sense, the team will jump on it but will evaluate all options first.

With reading what’s mentioned above I started to think about what the Boston Bruins organization is going to do when they’re current two-year agreement with the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators is over after the 2018-19 season and with Briere saying an affiliation is not an immediate necessity at least for the first-year of operation, its not hard to put two-and-two together and think about locating “AA” minor-pro prospects closer to where the B’s operations are in the New England area. Now, I have no confirmation or inside information but I believe that before the Bruins organization agreed to another Gladiators affiliation on February 15, 2017, the extension was brought on because a deal with the new ECHL franchise, the Worcester Railers wasn’t going to happen who began operations at the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign.

Now, I have no confirmation or inside information but I believe that before the Bruins organization agreed to another Gladiators affiliation on February 15, 2017, the extension was brought on because a deal with the new ECHL franchise, the Worcester Railers wasn’t going to happen. The Railers started playing as a franchise to begin the 2017-18 season and was heavily rumored that owner Cliff Rucker who is a huge Boston Bruins fan and current season ticket holder was going to make a pitch to not only bring professional hockey back to Worcester, Massachusetts after the San Jose Sharks relocated their top prospects and team closer in proximity. In fact, the now AHL San Jose Barracuda (formerly Worcester Sharks) are so close they play in the same arena as their apparent NHL club.

NHL franchises in the past have uprooted minor-pro teams on the east coast in an effort to save money and have players available within short travel time for immediate coverage instead of traveling a couple thousand miles. This can also be said for when a team like the Providence Bruins need to make a transaction from the ECHL Gladiators die to injury. Now, I understand the affiliated minor-pro leagues operate primarily on a weekend schedule sometimes playing three-straight games, middle of the week call-ups are easy but how about when you need them when in fact the team does play in the riggers of a packed weekend schedule?

Currently the only Boston Bruins prospect in the ECHL is third-round selection Dan Vladar who’s in his second season of professional hockey manning the crease with the Gladiators, so if an unfortunate injury happens at the AHL level with Providences Zane McIntyre or goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington, Vladar is the guy that has to make the two-hour 1,042 mile flight to Rhode Island. I know that doesn’t seem like much but for a Providence team that spends a majority of its time playing in the New England area, to have a team closer would only benefit both sides greatly regarding cost and time.

I also believe without any confirmed reports or inside knowlege that a move like this could potentailly be an idea to stockpile even more propects than the one they currently have now in Atlanta. The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently doing this type of developing depth management with their ECHL affiliate the Orlando Solar Bears who are based in the state of Florida. An idea like this would be perfect in my opinion for the NCAA Men’s Hockey free agent signings and undrafted Canadian Junior players that the Bruins can place for easy access of scouting so close in proximity to take a more aggressive approach to the demoting and promoting players as they continue to evaluate.

Regardless of this article and it’s topic of what “could” become, I’m happy as a life-long New Englander that hockey is returning to the state of Maine after a long tradition that dates back to 1977 when the Philadelphia Flyers housed their top prospects or when the Boston Bruins came along and had their developing youth in the Pine Tree State in 1987. This is not only a positive move for the state of hockey but the City of Portland and it’s continued effort as one of the United States best places to live and it continued business growth.

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Speaking of business, how about ticket sales with the thought of a Bruins affiliate in the city and the accessibility of public transportation as Amtrax DownEaster Rail Line travels daily from North Station in Boston, Massachusetts making stops in Haverhill, Mass., Exeter, NH, Saco, Maine, and finally arriving in the City of Portland. the distance between the Portland Amtrax Train Station is a 2.3 mile Uber ride or a city bus ride that makes stops at the Arena every 20 minutes.

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Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update – Week Of Dec. 17th to Dec. 23rd

Providence Bruins – American Hockey League

The Providence team played in two games last week to continue the season-long eight-game road trip. The first game of the week had the B’s in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday night December 22nd against the Hartford Wolf Pack and unfortunately lost 6-4 suffering their second loss of the month-long stretch on the road.

B’s goals scored by Justin Hickman who got his second of the season which went unassisted at 12:31 of the first period to tie the game at one apiece. Recently demoted Matt Beleskey got his first goal in his second game with Providence at the 14:52 mark of the first period assisted by Ben Marshall and Josh Hennessy. The only B’s goal in the second period came from Kenny Agostino who scored his 8th of the year just seconds into the middle frame assisted by Colton Hargrove and Austin Czarnik. The final B’s goal and second of the game came from Hickman who scored his third of the year assisted by Emil Johansson and Jesse Gabrielle who got his third point in 20 games and its currently on a career-high two-game-point streak.

Zane McIntyre stopped 34 of 39 shots and got his sixth loss of the 2017-18 campaign. Zane has not been himself in his last three games after going on a five-game winning streak to start the month of December. In the previous three appearances, he has a goals-against-average of 4.63, and .856 save percentage.

The second game of last week was on Saturday night December 23rd when the B’s traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to play the Thunderbirds before taking the Christmas holiday break. This was an entertaining game between the two clubs that started quickly with the B’s getting on the board first in the opening period with a goal from Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his 9th of the season assisted by Kenny Agostino at the 1:09 mark of the opening frame.

The Thunderbirds would tie the score at one a little over two minutes later on the power-play. This was a defensive and goaltending juggernaut as both teams failed to put the biscuit in the basket for the next 40 minutes of action leading into the overtone frame where neither team could end the game. JFK got the shootout winner who gave the Providence team the 2-1 victory at the MassMutual Center. Goaltender on Loan Jordan Binnington got the win stopping 23 of 24 Thunderbirds shots and now has a season record of 8-1-1 with a 1.65 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage since joining the Providence team from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of this season.

The Next games for the Providence team is on Wednesday, December 27th when the B’s play game six of the current road trip against the Utica Comets. To finish the long trip the B’s play Utica one more time on Friday, December 29th and they finish with a contest in Belleville, Ontario against the new AHL franchise the Belleville Senators.

Providence is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division when it comes to points (40) and has a record of 19-8-2-0 and is 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games.

Atlanta Gladiators – East Coast Hockey League

The Gladiators played in three games last week and Bruins 2015 third round goaltending prospect Dan Vladar appeared in one of those contests with a victory on Friday night December, 22nd at the North Charleston Coliseum against the South Carolina Stingrays. Vladar helped his Glads team to a 4-3 regulation win while stopping 28 of 31 Stingrays shots for his 7th win of the 2017-18 season. The big, athletic netminder is now 7-7-1-0 on the year with a 3.00 goals-against-average, and .907 save percentage in 16 games played for the Premier “AA” minor-pro affiliate of the NHL Bruins.

Due to the Holidays, there were no Bruins prospect games last week in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, or the NCAA collegiate levels. Most of the leagues mentioned will be back in operation starting on December, 27th.

2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

This years event will be hosted in Buffalo, New York in two different locations to maximize the number of games played during the week-long event. Games will be played at the KeyBank Center and the HarborCenter with one game being played outdoors at the New Era Field in Orchard Park,. New York featuring team Canada and team USA on December, 29th.

Boston Bruins prospects participating in this year event are defenseman Urho Vaakanainen and forward Joona Koppanen both of Team Finland. Goaltender Jeremy Swayman, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and forward Trent Frederic all playing for Team USA. Forward Oskar Steen of Team Sweden rounds out the B’s young players involved in this year’s festivities.

Boston Bruins Prospect Update 12/3/17 to 12/9/17

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By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277 

Bruins Prospect Update Dec. 3rd-Dec. 9th 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Baby B’s played in three games last week going 3-0 and continue their unbeaten streak to five games. The week started in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Webster Bank Arena on Sunday, December 3rd with an afternoon game against the Sound Tigers and walked away with a 4-1 victory. Bruins got goals from Austin Czarnik with his sixth at 17:32 of the second period assisted by Anton Blidh. At the 0:21 mark of the third period Colton Hargrove got his seventh goal assisted by Jordan Szwarz and Austin Czarnik. Newcomer and resident tough guy Sena Acolatse with his first goal as a Bruin at 6:52 of the third from Blidh and Tommy Cross. Ending the night with an empty-netter at 18:37 of the third and second goal of the game was Czarnik assisted by Jakub Zboril. Goaltender Zane McIntyre stopped 26 of 27 shots for his seventh win of the season.

On Friday night December 8th the Baby B’s started game one of three at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Bruins went back and forth with the Wolf Pack team, but in the end, the better team got it done in the shootout-winning 4-3. Bruins goals scored by Colby Cave with his third of the season at 12:11 of the second period assisted by Zach Senyshyn and Kenny Agostino. Rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson added his seventh at the 12:19 mark of the 2nd from Anton Blidh and recently called up from the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators Ben Marshall. Speedy veteran Jordan Szwarz got his eighth of the year at the 19:20 mark of the third period from Colby Cave and Forsbacka-Karlsson. Third-year pro Austin Czarnik had the shootout winner to send the 7,802 fans home happy. Bruins goaltender McIntyre got his eighth win of the season stopping 33 of 36 shots and continued his winning streak to three straight games.

The final game of the week was on Saturday, December 9th once again at the Dunk in Providence when the Utica Comets came to town for back-to-back home games. This was another tight back and forth night, but the Baby B’s came out with the 3-2 overtime victory. Bruins goals by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson his eighth of the season at 2:03 of the second period assisted by Rob O’Gara and Jakub Zboril. Former Quinnipiac University defenseman Connor Clifton with his first goal of the year and shorthanded tally at the 16:33 mark of the third period from Austin Czarnik. Top five in points on the year Jordan Szwarz was the hero in the extra frame scoring his ninth at 3:19 of overtime from Czarnik and Agostino.
Bruins goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the win in net stopping 34 of 36 shots to increase his record to 6-1-1 and his fourth straight victory. Binnington has a 1.84 goals-against-average, and .933 save percentage in eight games played this season since coming over from the St. Louis Blues organization at the beginning of the season.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE.

Providence Bruins
Fan Club

PO Box 40963
Providence, RI 02940
401.426.8277

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar appeared in three games last week and walked away with a 2-1 record. On Sunday, December 3rd the 2015 third round pick stopped 50 of 51 shots for his fifth win of the season against the Orlando Solar Bears. His next victory came on Wednesday night December 6th when he stopped 23 of 24 shots against the Jacksonville IceMen for his sixth win of the year. His two-game winning streak came to a crashing halt on Friday night December 8th when the Greenville Swamp Rabbits beat the Gladiators by the score of 4-3 stopping 34 of 38 shots on goal. Vladar now has a 6-6-1 record with a 2.85 goals-against-average, and .911 save percentage in 14 games played so far this season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Saint John Sea Dogs

Center Cedric Pare played in three games last week and snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist on Saturday night December 9th in a 5-2 loss to Acadia-Bathurst. The late round pick of the B’s has moved up from a bottom six role to a top six and should increase his offensive productivity with higher expectations as he gains more trust from Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon.

Western Hockey League – Brandon Wheat Kings

Kings defenseman and Bruins 2017 seventh-round draft pick Daniel Bukac returned to his Brandon team playing in three games last week after a long recovery from offseason surgery. He had four shots on goal in those games but went pointless as he adjusts to the riggers of the blue line in the tough WHL.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Cameron Hughes – University of Wisconsin

The 2015 sixth-round pick of the B’s played in two games last week both against the University of Notre Dame. On Friday night December 8th he had got his seventh goal of the season but failed to get on the scoreboard the following night. In 21 games this season the senior center has 7-8-15 numbers as Captain of his Badgers team.

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine

The Bruins fourth-round selection in 2017 has been playing well in his first season with the Black Bears and certainly seeing a lot of rubber. Playing in two games last week the Anchorage, Alaska native appeared in both games against the Quinnipiac Bobcats with a 7-4 victory on Friday, December 8th and a 5-3 win on Saturday, December 9th. In both games combined the freshman faced 95 shots on goal and increased his overall record this season to 7-3-1 with a 2.58 goals-against-average and .927 save percentage.

Swayman was voted last week’s Hockey East Player of the Week and was also added to the preliminary roster for the upcoming 2018 World Junior Championships set to kick off on December 26th from Buffalo, New York. He’s currently on a three-game winning streak and is 4-1 in his last five contests.

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #75 12-11-17

By: Mark Allred      Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 75 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule for the upcoming week. We went over a wide range of Bruins related topics in this episode and also had the great pleasure of having first-time guest Drew Johnson, a Quinnipiac University Journalism Major. Drew covers the Bruins/NCAA Hockey for The Hockey Writers website. We also have our weekly Bruins prospect update for the week of 12/03/17 to 12-/09/17.

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Boston Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Bruins Prospect Update Nov. 26th-Dec. 2nd 2017

American Hockey League – Providence Bruins

The Providence Bruins played in three games last week going 3-0. The week started on Sunday, November 26th with a 2-1 shootout victory on the road over the Charlotte Checkers. Baby B’s goals scored by Colton Hargrove (6th) on the power-play and the shootout winner from Ryan Fitzgerald. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the win in goal stopping 18 of 19 shots.
On Friday, December 1st The Bruins played host to the Binghamton Devils at the Dunk and walked away with a 3-2 win in front of the home crowd. B’s goals scored by
Kenny Agostino (5th) Ryan Fitzgerald on the power-play (6th) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson on the power-play (6th). Zane McIntyre got the start in goal making 29 saves on 32 shots.
On Saturday, December 2nd the B’s played the second game of back-to-back home games against the Binghamton team beating the Devils by the score of 4-2. Bruins goals scored by Zack Senyshyn (3rd) Jordan Szwarz (6th & 7th) and Rob O’Gara his first of the season. Goaltender on-loan Jordan Binnington got the job in the crease on this night making 25 saves on 27 shots.

East Coast Hockey League – Atlanta Gladiators

Goaltender Dan Vladar started in two games last week beginning on Sunday, November 26th with a home game against the Jacksonville IceMen and only had to make three saves before leaving the game after the first period for precautionary reasons. The Gladiators managed to pull off the 4-2 victory even though the 2015 third round pick had to leave the game.
On Friday, December 1st Vladar and his Glads team lost 5-3 to the Florida Everblades on home ice. Vladar stopped 26 off 30 shots.

Ontario Hockey League – Oshawa Generals

2017 second round pick Jack Studnicka has been red hot lately, and that continued with three games last week with three games scoring 3-2-5 numbers but snapped a seven-game point streak with no points against the Windsor Spitfires on December 2nd. Jack has 10-19-29 numbers in 29 games this season.

NCAA Men’s Hockey

Jeremy Swayman – University of Maine
The 2017 fourth-round selection played in two games last week both against the University of Vermont. The first was a 2-2 tie making 22 saves on 24 shots on Friday, December, 1st.
The second game of the weekend was on Saturday, December 2nd once again against the Catamounts this time with a huge 6-2 win for the Black Bears stopping 39 of 41 shots. Swayman is now 5-3-1 on the NCAA season dropping his goals-against-average down to 2.38, and .925 save percentage.

Ryan Donato – Harvard University
Ryan played in two games last week scoring a hat trick on Friday, December 1st against the Quinnipiac Bobcats and added a goal and an assist on Saturday, December 2nd against the Princeton Tigers. Donato now has a point in every game played so far this season which is a 10 game point streak. He now has 8-7-15 numbers in 2017-18.

Trent Frederic – University of Wisconsin
After going pointless over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the former 2016 Bruins first-round pick got back to work offensively in both games against the University of Minnesota Gophers. On Friday, December 1st he had a goal and followed that up on Saturday, December 2nd with a goal and an assist. Trent now has 8-8-16 numbers in 19 games played.