It’s playoff time for NCAA hockey teams, and that means a few Boston Bruins prospects will be playing in some huge games this weekend and for a few weeks into the spring.
Most prominent will be Boston College senior Brock Bradford, an eighth-round pick (217th overall) in 2005. The Eagles’ captain will try to help the defending national champs, who are seeded sixth, take down the third-seeded UNH Wildcats in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series in Durham starting Friday night.
Bradford is riding a five-game scoring streak, during which he has posted 4-4-8 totals. For the season, Bradford is currently tied for fourth-place with 43 points and leads the league with 23 goals.
“Brock has had an excellent year. I think he has had 23 goals, and
been a good catalyst for us through the whole course of the year,” BC head coach Jerry York said in a conference call earlier this week.
BC also features Bruins ’07 second-round pick (35th overall) Tommy Cross, a defenseman who has totaled eight assists in 25 games played.
In the West, Bruins ’08 first-round (16th overall) pick Joe Colborne, a forward, will be battling with second-seeded Denver against ninth-seeded Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA quarterfinals. In 35 games played, Colborne finished the regular season fourth among WCHA freshman in scoring with 9-19-28 totals.
And back to the East, Nick Tremblay — a Bruins’ sixth-round pick (173rd overall) last June — is already finished, as the Golden Knights lost their first-round ECAC Hockey series to Union, two games to none. Tremblay went scoreless in the two games, but for the season he posted 4-7-11 totals in 35 games up front.