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September 8, 2009 9:10 AM

Arniel's Overtime Goal Wins First Rookie Game

The first chapter in what should be an exciting year of hockey has been written. Although these games don't count toward the overall standings, the Boston Bruins' rookies took the ice on Monday for their first tournament game in Kitchener, Ontario. Boston's opponent was the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game was evenly matched from start to finish, as the two rookie clubs exchanged leads throughout the contest. The B's grabbed an early 2-0 advantage during the first period, but ultimately found themselves trailing by one with less than two minutes remaining in the game. A goal with 1:56 left forced overtime, leading to a 6-5 Boston victory at the 3:56 mark of the extra session.

Despite only being together for a few days, the future members of the Boston Bruins were able to develop enough chemistry to score a goal within the first three minutes of their preseason. 19-year old Jason Wilson wanted to make an early impact as one of the invitees out of the OHL. His goal, assisted by the defensive pairing of Alain Goulet and Ryan Button, put Boston on the scoreboard.

Midway through the opening stanza, the Bruins doubled their lead. The combination of Jamie Arniel and Zach Hamill provided a sign of things to come, as Hamill set up Arniel for his first goal of the afternoon. Jason Lawrence picked up the second assist at 10:32.

Less than one minute later, Toronto lit the lamp for the first time. Seventh overall draft pick Nazem Kadri helped to set up Christian Hanson, who proved to be a thorn in Boston's side all day long. Viktor Stalberg also recorded a helper on the play, as the Maple Leafs cut the B's lead in half after one period of play.

In the middle frame, the play shifted in favor of the Maple Leafs. Christian Hanson tallied the equalizer at the 5:44 mark, from John Kurtz and Carl Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson was part of the scoring later in the period, as he picked up the primary assist on Tyler Bozak's power play goal that gave Toronto its first lead of the game at 3-2. Stefano Giliati had the other assist. Giliati spent part of his junior career in New England as a member of the QMJHL's Lewiston Maineiacs.

Early in the third period, Boston erased the deficit with a goal involving three members of the 2008-09 Providence Bruins. Zach Hamill and Jordan Knackstedt did the hard work for Levi Nelson, who found the back of the net just ten seconds into the period.

Nazem Kadri showed the fans in Ontario why they should be excited, as he put the Maple Leafs back on top with his second point of the day at the 5:14 mark of the third period. Kadri's first goal was unassisted.

The Bruins had an answer for Kadri, as one of their draft picks from 2009 found the scoresheet. Tyler Randell's first goal of the tournament from Chris DeSousa and Alain Goulet evened the score at four. Randell tied the game just 37 seconds after Toronto had taken the lead.

A little less than three minutes later, the Maple Leafs struck for their second power play goal of the afternoon. Christian Hanson provided the excitement on this play for Toronto, as he completed his hat trick from Jesse Blacker and Tyler Bozak. Both of Bozak's points came on the man advantage.

The game stayed tied for approximately ten minutes, before the Bruins forced overtime in the final two minutes. Rob Kwiet's first goal and point of the day from Ryan Button and Zach Hamill tied the score at five, leading to five minutes of bonus hockey in Kitchener.

Boston only ended up needing four of those bonus minutes, as Jamie Arniel hooked up with Zach Hamill for the game winning goal at the 3:56 mark of overtime. The goal was Arniel's second of the game, while Hamill led all scorers with four assists.

The first rookie game was a busy one for the men between the pipes, as Adam Courchaine and James Reimer combined to face nearly 80 shots on goal. Courchaine picked up the win for the Bruins on this day, as he made 34 saves on 39 shots. Reimer took the overtime loss, allowing six goals on 36 shots.

The Boston Bruins' rookies will have Tuesday off, before playing in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday's contest takes place at 2:00 against the Ottawa Senators from Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Scoring Summary:
1. BOS Wilson (1) (Goulet, Button) 2:58
1. BOS Arniel (1) (Hamill, Lawrence) 10:32
1. TOR Hanson (1) (Kadri, Stalberg) 11:11
2. TOR Hanson (2) (Kurtz, Gunnarsson) 5:44
2. TOR Bozak (1) (Gunnarsson, Giliati) (PP) 12:23
3. BOS Nelson (1) (Knackstedt, Hamill) 0:10
3. TOR Kadri (1) (Unassisted) 5:14
3. BOS Randell (1) (DeSousa, Goulet) 5:51
3. TOR Hanson (3) (Blacker, Bozak) (PP) 8:23
3. BOS Kwiet (1) (Button, Hamill) 18:04
4. BOS Arniel (2) (Hamill) 3:56

BOS Adam Courchaine (1-0-0): 39 shots, 34 saves
TOR James Reimer (0-0-1): 36 shots, 30 saves

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