The Bear Cave

September 10, 2009 9:03 AM

Hutch is Clutch in Rookies' Second Win

After Monday's offensive shootout with Toronto, it was only fitting that defense and goaltending would steal the show on Wednesday, as the Boston Bruins' Rookies took on the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins skated away with a 4-3 victory, thanks to a remarkable performance from netminder Michael Hutchinson. Boston's backstop turned aside 47 shots, leading his team to a second consecutive win in Kitchener, Ontario.

The first eight minutes of Wednesday's contest allowed the teams to get familiar with each other, as both sides were held off of the scoreboard. That all changed at the 8:46 mark of the opening period, as the red light became a staple for the next three minutes of play. Jordan Knackstedt got the scoring started for the Bruins, as he deposited the rebound of a Chris DeSousa shot to put Boston ahead by one.

Ottawa responded 54 seconds later, when three of their undrafted players hooked up for the equalizer. Kyle Wharton and Matt Lowry helped to set up Keegan Dansereau, who did all he could to impress the Senators' staff with his only goal of the contest.

The tied score lasted for a mere 31 seconds, as the Bruins regained their lead. Although the tournament is only two days old, Jamie Arniel is quickly making a name for himself on the scoresheet. Arniel's third goal of the week put Boston ahead, with Jeff LoVecchio picking up the lone assist on the play. At age 20, Arniel has a pair of options for this coming season. He could join the Providence Bruins for his rookie campaign, or he could return to the OHL's Sarnia Sting for one final season at the junior level.

90 seconds after Arniel put the Bruins ahead, the Senators pulled even yet again. This time it was a player acquired in a trade, as Jason Bailey lit the lamp for Ottawa. Erik Karlsson drew the lone assist, giving the home fans some excitement, as Karlsson was the Senators' first round pick (15th overall) in 2008.

Following that quick display of offense, the fans in Kitchener were more than ready for the defenses to shine. Little did they know that the teams would go more than 30 minutes before scoring again. That next goal came from Boston's Tyler Randell at the 3:40 mark of the third period. Randell's second tally in as many games came with a second assist from Jeff LoVecchio, giving the Bruins an early edge during the final frame of regulation.

The Bruins were definitely feeling it at that time, as they doubled their lead 16 seconds later. Once again, it was Jamie Arniel who did the damage, as he recorded his fourth goal of the tournament. This marker was unassisted, giving Boston a 4-2 lead with 16:04 left in regulation.

The Senators weren't about to go away easily, as they pulled within one shortly after. Mike Hoffman was the goal scorer on that play, as Craig Schira and Brandon Svendsen helped out with the assists.

The home team continued to put the pressure on the Boston defense during the third period, but Michael Hutchinson and company stood tall. When the final buzzer sounded, Hutchinson had 47 saves on the scoreboard, as he and the Bruins held on for the 4-3 win. Shane Connelly took the loss for Ottawa, making 21 saves on 25 shots.

The 2-0 Boston Bruins' Rookies have one more game left at the tournament in Kitchener, as they will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at 2:00.

Scoring Summary:
1. BOS Knackstedt (1) (DeSousa) 8:46
1. OTT Dansereau (Wharton, Lowry) 9:40
1. BOS Arniel (3) (LoVecchio) 10:11
1. OTT Bailey (Karlsson) 11:41
3. BOS Randell (2) (LoVecchio) 3:40
3. BOS Arniel (4) (Unassisted) 3:56
3. OTT Hoffman (Schira, Svendson) 7:11

BOS Michael Hutchinson (1-0-0): 50 shots, 47 saves
OTT Shane Connelly: 25 shots, 21 saves

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