Bruins Bleed Crimson, Sign Sherman to ELC


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By: Spencer Fascetta | Follow me on Twitter @PuckNerdHockey

The Bruins really like all of these good Harvard boys… The team announced today that they signed their second Harvard player to an Entry-Level Contract in less than a week, as 2013 5th Rounder Wiley Sherman inked his 2-year ELC just days after teammate Ryan Donato signed his. Sherman’s contract does not begin until the 2018-19 season, and will report to the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Try-Out contract for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.


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Sherman, 22, was originally drafted by the Bruins out of the Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, Connecticut in the 5th Round in the 2013 NHL Draft, 150th Overall. The towering 6’7″ defenseman lives up to his name, as Wiley weighs in at a mere 220 pounds despite his massive frame. The Connecticut native has spent the last four years patrolling the blueline for the Harvard Crimson, posting a career high of 13 points (all assists) in his junior season. Overall, Sherman recorded 7 goals and 26 assists for 33 points to go along with 60 career penalty minutes in 137 career games for the Ivy League juggernaut. The entry-level deal, beginning next season, is expected to be a 2-year commitment, adding to an already stacked defensive depth chart within the organization. Sherman joins a deep Providence team for the stretch run as they look to make yet another deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Bruins Sign Donato To Entry-Level Deal


PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Ryan Donato meets his team after being drafted #56 by the Boston Bruins on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By: Mark Allred   |   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins announced earlier this evening that they’ve signed prospect and Harvard University forward Ryan Donato to an entry-level contract.  This year was a career season for the Crimson Junior as he posted 26-17-43 numbers in in 26 games and was the ECAC Player of The Year and a nominee for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award given to the best NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Athlete annually. The 21-year-old was also selected to the United State hockey team that played at the 2018 Winter Olympics and played very well with six points in five games (5-1-6).

Donato, a second-round selection of the B’s in 2014 has really taken a huge step in his development over the past year and deservingly generated a great deal of hype from those professional opinions down to the fans that pay close attention to the developing youth on a yearly basis. Although I knew Ryan was going to be signed at some point in 2018, my projection of when was way off as I had him coming to the National Hockey League during the offseason as I believed the Bruins would go with the roster that’s had so much success in 2017-18. Regardless of my projected timeline, I’m very excited to have him with this team and look forward to seeing him when he makes it on the roster with 12 games remaining in the regular season and upcoming playoff schedule.

This is what Ryan had to say shortly after signing his entry-level deal with his beloved Boston Bruins…..

“I am excited to announce that today I have fulfilled a lifelong dream, signing a NHL contract to play for the Boston Bruins,” Donato said in a statement. “While I am beyond thrilled for this next opportunity, it comes with a bittersweet feeling, as my time as a student-athlete at Harvard comes to a close. I am so thankful for every day I have spent at Harvard and the remarkable people I have met along the way, from the classroom, to the ice, and beyond. It has truly been a privilege to wear the Harvard jersey and represent my school alongside such incredible teammates and coaches. My time in the Harvard hockey program has provided me with some of my closest friends and fondest memories, and I will strive to continue representing Harvard well from afar as I enter this next stage of my life.

“While no longer on campus, I am so proud to consider myself a member of the greater Harvard community, and I am still fully dedicated to working towards another lifelong dream of mine: a degree from the university that has given me the best three years of my life.”

With the current injuries on the Bruins coming down the stretch, this is a solid depth move for the organization with players like David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, and Jake DeBrusk returns up in the air with a dozen games to go before the Mid-April Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, the addition of the young Donato wasn’t exactly shocking. Regardless of how much action he gets into, he has to be a serious candidate at this point to make a full-time NHL player next season as current players that will be unrestricted free agents this summer might not be coming back and creating a permanent spot for him in 2018-19.

I’ve seen many games that Ryan’s played at the NCAA level and every Bruins development camp that he’s attended and in my opinion, he’s got the skills of an NHL player now, and the pedigree is there with his father and former Crimson coach for the last three seasons Ted Donato who spent several seasons in Black and Gold cannot be denied. The way this kid can skate and stickhandle in traffic is second to none, and he does possess an NHL release. Now his development has brought him to the highest level in the world and can’t wait to see him play NHL opponents shortly as he’s been rumored to get his first taste of the top tomorrow night when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to the TD Garden in Boston. I have to go with a few professional analysts and say I doubt he plays against the Jackets tomorrow night without practicing with the team. Wednesday on the road in St. Louis is a better opportunity in my opinion as he’ll be more acclimated to his new club.

Bruins Prospect Swayman Shines Despite Sweep From Providence College

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By: Josh B.   |   Follow Me On Twitter @ToCauseway

The verdict is in: UMaine Goaltender Jeremy Swayman considers a hot dog a sandwich.

The Boston Bruins’ 4th round selection in 2017 (111th overall) was in Providence this weekend with his teammates from the University of Maine to face-off against the Friars in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Despite an early lead in Game 1 of the best of 3 series, the Black Bears fell prey to a sneaky comeback from the Providence College squad. In a winner take all game the following night, the Friars took the early lead and nearly ran the Black Bears out of the building and back to Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine with 3 early goals and one waved off due to goaltender interference. The Black Bears surged in the second with 2 goals less than a minute apart, but the comeback would fall short.

Despite a sour note to end their hopeful season on, the UMaine Men’s Ice Hockey team has plenty of positive takeaways in the 2017-2018 campaign. With an 18-15-4 record, the Black Bears have had their first winning season since 2013-2014 where they went 16-15-4. This season also marks the deepest the Black Bears have gone in the playoffs since 2006-2007.

Fittingly, the Black Bears beat their cross-border rival New Hampshire Wildcats in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs advancing to their quarterfinal Providence showdown. UMaine snuffed out the UNH Wildcats on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday of last week by the score of 4-1 and 3-2 respectively.

Unfortunately, this year’s era of good feelings came to an end in the Ocean State.

In football they say “Defense wins championships”; in Hockey, the tender between the pipes can be the difference maker for your season. A hot goalie can carry you, while a cold one can sink you.

Jeremy Swayman knows this; he’s been the key to this year’s UMaine Men’s Ice Hockey season. Despite the losses in Providence, Swayman stopped 37 of 41 shots (0.902 SV%) Friday night, and 38 of 41 shots (0.926 SV%) Saturday night. Considering the jump the Friars came out with both nights, Swayman acquitted himself admirably with the amount of rubber he faced.

The Anchorage, AK native has plenty to be proud of this season: His 16 W’s are the most by any Freshman Maine goaltender since Ben Bishop in 2005-2006. From Dec. 2nd 2017 to Jan. 19th of this year, he had 8 consecutive games of 30+ saves. During the World Junior Championship, he was elected to represent his country in Buffalo with team USA. He has been named NCAA’s “Rookie of the Week” last November, this past January, and the previous week. On Dec. 11th of 2017, he was named NCAA’s “Player of the Week.” Swayman also helped break a multi-game losing streak at Boston University’s Agganis Arena dating back to January 28th, 2012; Not only did Swayman help secure the win, but he also blanked the Terriers for only the 5th shutout in 130 contests between the two clubs.

Bruins Nation was introduced to Swayman on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. When I spoke to him, he recounted the experience fondly. Because of the time difference between the Draft in Chicago, IL, and his home in Anchorage, AK, the news came down around 6 AM local time. “[The call] was pretty surreal…When you get called [in the Draft] let alone to the Bruins, an Original Six team, the great history behind it.” Surrounded by family, the first inkling he was drafted by the Bruins was friends texting him congratulations. “[It was] the best day of my life.”

July is a special month in the offseason for Bruins fans and media, as draft selections and prospects along with invitees attend Bruins Development Camp which is open to the public: a glimpse into the future of the Black and Gold. Jeremy Swayman appreciated the on-ice portions of the 4-day long event, where he was introduced to Bob Essensa, Bruins goalie coach. “He critiqued every little thing he saw” noted Swayman, who was grateful for the attention to detail. “I took it to heart, and still use it in my game today.” Swayman also spoke glowingly of the friendly but competitive environment of Development Camp under the watchful eye of the Bruins brass. He reminisced about hitting it off with fellow prospects Ryan Donato who reached out to him before development camp, Jesse Gabrielle, Trent Frederic, and ex-Bruins prospect Ryan Lindgren (now a New York Rangers prospect). In Development Camp 2018, Swayman said he looks forward to working with the coaches, Bob Essensa especially, in a more one-on-one setting.

Swayman was a UMaine commit before he was drafted, but Development Camp brought him together with a future Maine teammate months before he took to the ice in Orono. Robert “Bub” McGovern was an invite to Bruins Development Camp, where he and Swayman got acquainted before the NCAA season began: “It was a surprise for both of us. When I got the call from a couple of the scouts, [they said] ‘Hey we’re actually bringing your goaltending partner in,’ It was great, I got to start the relationship before the season even started.” Upon arrival in Orono, ME, Swayman worked closely with assistant coach and former UMaine goalie coach Alfie Michaud. “He’s been tremendous. I can’t speak enough about him. He’s really more than a goalie coach, he’s been my mentor, he’s been my role model. If I have any problems, I go straight to him… I know we’re gonna have a great, long relationship together.”

Looking toward the future, Swayman is content to let Don Sweeney steer the helm of his development. “It’s absolutely a Sweeney decision. I firmly believe they have the best interests [in mind] for me. If they want me to develop here, I have no problem with that, I absolutely love it at Maine growing as a player and a person as well.”

Time will tell how soon Swayman makes it to Providence or Boston, but in the meantime, the University of Maine – Orono has a rising star in its midst.

Bruins Sign Frederic To Entry-Level Contract

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By: Mark Allred   |   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins have announced that they’ve signed prospect forward Trent Frederic to a three-year entry-level contract. The 6′-3″ 216-pound St, Louis, Missouri native recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin where he appeared in 66 games posting 65 points. The 20-year-old 29th selection of the B’s in 2016 also signed an Amateur Try-Out agreement and will report to the American Hockey Leagues  Providence Bruins for the remaining 15 games.

Bruins Swayman Earns First Hockey East Playoff Win

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By: Mark Allred   |   Follow On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect and University of Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman earned his first Hockey East Playoff win last night with a 26 save effort against cross-border University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The number six seed Black Bears beat number eleven seed Wildcats by the score of 4-1 in front of 3,645 fans at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. This is the first time since 2004 that these two teams have faced each other in the postseason and the Bears have a 1-0-2 regular season record against the Cats in the 2017-18 campaign. This is the first time these two clubs have played each other in the opening round with Maine dominating the last four Hockey East Tournaments compiling a record of 5-1-0 over their longtime rival.

Swayman, a 19-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native had an outstanding 2017-18 season for the Black Bears as a freshman after the Boston Bruins selected him in the fourth-round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 28 games this season the 6′-2″ 187-pound netminder posted a 14-10-3 record, a 2.68 Goals-Against-Average, and .922 save percentage. Before his journey to the state of Maine, Swayman played one full season in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux  Falls Stampede and in 32 games played posted a 7-18-3 record in a league that is structured to get collegiate commits ready for the riggers of NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey.

With his exceptional play early this season, Jeremy earned a spot on the United States U-20 Team at the 2018 World Junior Tournament that was played in Buffalo, New York. Even though Swayman didn’t get much playing time, he said the experience was a positive one that he’ll never forget as he continues to develop his game and earning a Bronze Medal during the games was quite an accomplishment as he represented his country.. You can hear the complete interview I had with the young goaltending prospect in episode 83 of our weekly Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast.

Swayman also credited two former University of Maine alumni goaltenders for his success during his first season of collegiate hockey. First, he mentioned Black Bears Goaltending Coach Alfie Michaud for his knowledge and daily on-ice training regiments to keep the young netminder in shape and ready for game days. Second, is the visits that former NHL goaltender and last summers Boston Bruins hire Mike Dunham as the teams new goaltending development coach who Swayman said has been a big help when he’s able to be around. Coach Dunham has made several trips around North America sharing professional tips with the many Bruins goaltending prospects.

Here are last night’s game one highlights between the Maine Black Bears and the New Hampshire Wildcats from Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine

Game two of this first round battle is tonight and all information to watch and listen can be seen below from the official University of Maine Twitter account.

Ryan Donato – Boston’s Captain America

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By: Aaron Chisling     Follow me on Twitter at @achisling

On a Boston Bruins team that is getting league-wide recognition regarding it’s Stanley Cup contender status. Many have marveled at Boston’s ability to manage their core of playoff-proven players in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, David Backes and Zdeno Chara with unproven rookie phenoms like Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly and Charlie McAvoy. Don Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy have cooked up a successful recipe it seems.  Most would assume that based on this influx of youth that the Bruins are enjoying that their cupboard of prospects would be bare of upcoming, high-end talent. Boy, are they wrong.

Ryan Donato, son of Ted Donato who spent nine seasons with the Boston Bruins and played for Team USA in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games,  was selected by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected in the 2nd round and 56th overall. He projected to be a long-term project, and it seems that the Bruins Brass’ patience will bear fruit. He looked outstanding at the 2017/2018 Bruins Development Camp. His performance at camp was right on par with Anders Bjork, if not better at times. He returned to Harvard where Teddy Donato is the Head Coach. He’s been scoring at a torrid pace, playing 23 games on the season while tallying 21 goals and 10 assists, with 1.35 points per game average. Each year he’s played with the Crimson, he’s had a definite improvement in his production. Take a look at the marked improvement each year below.

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In addition to skyrocketing up the Bruins prospect rankings, Donato has attracted some international competitive attention this year. With Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors electing to forego Olympic participation during the Pyeongchang Games, Team USA was forced to dip into the non-NHL-contracted player pool to assemble its roster. Ryan Donato was named to the team and has played a prominent role thus far. He’s been put on a line with 2017 WJC shootout hero Troy Terry and former NHL player Mark Arcobello. The trio has already developed some impressive chemistry and will be relied upon to do much of Team USA’s damage on the scoreboard. Last night’s close victory over Slovakia was a demonstration of just that. Check out this filthy goal which was Donato’s second of the night and the eventual game-winning goal.

If Team USA is to overcome the adversity and challenge ahead of them and eventually medal, Bruins prospect Ryan Donato will have a significant part in the performance. How crazy would it be to win Olympic Gold and potentially a Stanley Cup in the same season? It’s unlikely, but it’s looking more and more possible every day that the Bruins continue on the path that they’re on right now. If Ryan Donato keeps up the pace he’s at, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney will have no choice but to make a spot for him. Having too many good players is a significant problem to have, and I know Sweeney would feel the same way. Ryan Donato and Team USA face the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 7:10 AM ET on Saturday. I’ll be watching. You should know too.

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Bruins Prospect Frederic Has Big Weekend vs Michigan

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By: Mark Allred                  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

This weekend the Wisconsin Badgers traveled to Big Ten rival Michigan to play back-to-back games at the Yost Arena in Ann Arbor Michigan home of the Wolverines team and even though both teams earned a victory it was a Boston Bruins prospect that made the most noise. B’s 2016 first round selection and Badgers forward Trent Frederic had a goal and two assists in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Michigan and repeated that effort on Saturday night contributing another three-point night in a 4-2 win over the 20th ranked Wolverines team according to the USCHO poll distributed last month.

With a six-point weekend, Frederic now has 14-13-27 numbers in 30 games so far this season and currently has 11 points in his last seven games. Last season as a freshman the 6′-0″ 216-pound forward posted 33 points in 30 games and with four games remaining on the Badgers NCAA Men’s Hockey schedule he has a chance to pass his career high in points. The final four games of the season won’t be an easy task as they’ll square up against two Big Ten Conference foes in 12th ranked Minnesota next weekend for two games and 5th ranked Ohio State the following weekend to end the regular season.

Frederic told Wisconsin State Journal sports reporter Todd D. Milewski “Any time you can get ahead in the game, I think we feel more confident playing ahead,” Frederic said. “It’s good to get that first one.”

Wisconsin Head coach and former National Hockey League player Tony Granato who’s about to jump on a plane for the long trip to coach the United States team in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, South Korea had this to say about Frederic’s game over the weekend “He’s on a roll now,” Granato said. “It’s not the goals. It’s the faceoff battle, it’s the defensive play, it’s the penalty kill. It’s everything. He’s just playing great.”

It’s hard to figure what Frederic’s future plans will be pertaining to his education or his willingness to leave school to turn pro and join the Bruins organization presumably a start in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins. I’m kind of getting the feeling the B’s will go the route similar to the path they took with current Bruins Danton Heinen when he left Denver after his sophomore year. Regardless of where he plays next season whether it’s back in the NCAA for continued development with his Badgers team or a first-year pro, he’ll add a significant piece to the future depth of this Bruins franchise as they build the team to be competitive on a yearly basis and properly construct a roster from the hard work of management and scouting staff.

Providence Bruins Czarnik Continues Outstanding Play

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The American Hockey Leagues All-Star Classic festivities are set to kick off tonight at 8pm with the Skills Competition from the Adirondack Bank Center, and All-Star Challenge set for puck drop in the four-team  3-on-3 round-robin tournament at 7pm tomorrow night. This is the second time in four-years the city of Utica, New York has hosted the event since pro hockey returned to the area in 2013. Providence Bruins forward Austin Czarnik was selected to represent the B’s and will participate in his first Mid-Season event of his young professional career.

In tonight’s All-Star Skills Competition, the fast and skilled Czarnik will be involved in a few events such as event three and AHL Live sponsored Rapid Fire, event six and Turning Stone Resort Casino sponsored Pass and Score, and finally, event seven and Dunkin” Donuts sponsored Breakaway Relay. All events the crafty forward will be participating in tonight’s fun test of skills and speed will fit well as the 25-year-old is once again putting in a solid effort this season for the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins. The 5′-9″ 161-pound has had a tremendous career in the AHL, and with all of this solid play and league recognition, it remains to be seen where his talents bring him after this summer as he’s currently on his last season of his one-year extension he signed back in July of 2017.

The 5′-9″ 161-pound has had a tremendous career in the AHL, and with all of this solid play and league recognition, it remains to be seen where his talents bring him after this summer as he’s currently on his last season of his one-year extension he signed back in July of 2017.  Czarnik, a Washington Township native has worked hard to become a solid 200-foot player going back to his colligate days with the University of Miami (Ohio) where he posted 169 points in 159 games played.  Signed as an undrafted free agent out of college at the end of March in 2015, the offensive-minded versatile forward transitioned his point-per-game style nicely as an undersized talent to the AHL where he’s very close to being a point-per-game career AHL’er with 126 points in 130 games all with the Providence team.

This season Czarnik has 11-29-40 numbers in 37 games played and leads the team in overall points, assists, and is fourth in goals, one behind veteran Kenny Agostino who has 12. He also leads the team on the power-play with five goals as he plays that Ryan Spooner style game on the man advantage being the pivot man between the forwards near or behind the net and defensemen along the point. His leadership and willing to learn even though he’s spent a few seasons in the highest developmental league has instilled a lot of trust from first-year Head Coach Jay Leach to be a key voice on and off the ice to younger players who recently started minor-pro hockey.

Last night Providence suffered an unfortunate 5-2 loss to the surprisingly hot Springfield Thunderbirds and after the B’s went 11-2-1-0 in the final month of 2017, the transition to the new year has been somewhat concerning as the games in January 2018 have produced a 4-6-0-1 record which is the worse of the current 2017-18 campaign. Regardless of the “teams” struggles, Czarnik remains to put a solid individual effort together this season, and with a goal in last night’s loss, he has goals in his previous two games and accrued points in his last six appearances which is a career and 2017-18 season high.

I believe Austin has, in fact, earned consideration for at least another one-year deal. His presence continues to be a valued in the minor system when it comes to “depth players” and could be heavily considered as one to recall if a position needs to be filled up the middle or on the right side. Czarnik’s career NHL numbers of 14 points in 55 games shouldn’t be a knock on him nor his NHL potential, as most players like him take the longer road to higher-level careers. For me, I see value in a players role above immediate top-level pro success as an NHL franchise can’t continue without the facilitating franchises in the lower leagues of development and training. Regardless, I look forward to seeing what Czarnik can do in the remaining 32 games and the process over the summer when it comes to his restricted free-agent status.

As a fan that pays close attention to all levels of the Bruins organization, gauging his first full NHL career season is not an easy thing at all when drafted players from the team may hold higher value. Depending what happens to players like Sean Kuraly, Riley Nash, Fran Vatrano, Tim Schaller, and Ryan Spooner and their individual contract status, Czarnik would most likely be passed over for a player like Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson for his stronger 200-foot two-way game but might find space in other areas of the top 12 offensive structure. Also can’t neglect the fact that he could have a faster climb to NHL success with another NHL franchise who might also want to add a player like Austin on the cheap if the Bruins don’t see a potential future as both sides went into the 2015 entry-level signing on the cheap and worth the gamble.

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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!


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Bruins Prospect Frederic Gets Back On Track Offensively

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Today under the national spotlight and the only NCAA Men’s Hockey Division 1 game on the schedule, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the best team in the country as they shutout the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by the score of 5-0 from the United Center, home to the National Hockey Leagues Chicago Blackhawks.

Boston Bruins 2016 first round pick and Badgers forward Trent Frederic had an outstanding game especially on the penalty-kill scoring his second shorthanded goal of the season and fourth of his career. The 6′-3″ 215-pound St. Louis, Missouri native now has 11-8-19 numbers in 25 games this season in Big Ten action, and with eight games remaining in the 2017-18 regular season, the 19-year-old Wisconsin forward could come close to his career high of 33 points he contributed in his freshman year.

Below is today’s shorthanded as he skates in unmolested for the Badgers second goal of the game and extends his goal streak to three consecutive games.

Frederic and his Wisconsin team get back to work next weekend with two back-to-back contests at home against Penn State. The Badgers are second to last in the Big Ten and are ranked 18th in the USCHO Division 1 Men’s Poll as of 1-15-18 which could have the team go up a couple of ranks with today’s massive win over the University of Notre Dame.

Bruins Prospect Donato Remains Red-Hot In 2017-18

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato continues to add to his career-high point totals this season for the Harvard University team and with a three-point game last night against the St. Lawrence Saints on the road, it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down offensively. The 6′-0″ 181-pound forward is in a six-way tie ranked nationally in points with 20-10-30 numbers in 19 games played in 2017-18 and is ranked second in the country with a 1.57 points-per-game average.

Donato, a Massachusetts native is currently in his junior year playing for the Crimson and his efforts on a Harvard team that’s ranked fourth in the ECAC Conference have not been overseen. The second round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft of the Bruins has got the attention of the United States Hockey Team that’s about to leave for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for the games next month. With the exceptional season so far and the honor of representing his country, his fairy tale year doesn’t stop there as he’s heavily considered for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award given to the best player in Collegiate hockey.

Below in this Tweet is a way to vote as often as you’d like to see Ryan take home the ultimate NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Award.

Last season Donato and the Crimson won the popular Beanpot Hockey Tournament defeating the Boston University Terriers and finished the year with a 28-6-2 campaign but with Ryan’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, he might have to pass on potentially raising the  Beanpot again this year. In the annual tournament that consists of teams from the Boston area, the Harvard team will matchup with Boston University on Monday, February 5th but the opening day of the Olympic games start on February 9th. Even if Ryan was to participate in the first game of the Beanpot, he most likely won’t be in the country if Harvard wins it’s first game and earns the right to represent his school when the Championship game is played a week later on February 12th. The 66th annual tournament features players from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University with all games being played at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  For tickets and more information about the event, please click HERE to be directed to the official TD Garden website.

So far in his NCAA career, the highly skilled and forward has appeared in 87 games for the Crimson and contributed 54-37-91 numbers in the last three seasons. With his senior year remaining after the 2017-18 season and all the great things that he’s done, it’s hard to say what he and his family are going to decide as he’ll have to make a decision over the offseason whether he’s going  turning pro or return for his final year and put his education first.

Below are highlights of last night’s 4-3 overtime victory against the St, Lawrence Saints, and Donato’s two-goal effort.