Arniel’s late All-Star selection more reward for hot P-Bruins

Arniel/Courtesy P-Bruins

His 28 points still lead the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club’s scoring charts and he has been called up to Boston twice this season (even getting into one NHL game).

Overall, it’s been a great second full pro season for forward Jamie Arniel, who today was granted a major honor.

Arniel was one of seven players announced today as replacement players for guys who cannot make it to the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic scheduled Jan. 31 in Hershey, Pa.

The P-Bruins’ original All-Star selection was defenseman Steven Kampfer, who with his play with Boston doesn’t seem likely to see the inside of an AHL locker room again for a while. The addition of Arniel was apropos for a resurgent P-Bruins team that has climbed within four points of a playoff spot. It just wouldn’t have been right for Providence to lack All-Star representation.

Providence’s hot play continued over the weekend, as it ran its stretch of success to five wins in six games by sweeping two games from Manchester and losing to Portland. Over the course of those three games, Arniel registered two assists and posted a plus-1 rating.

Arniel has already passed his goal total and matched his point total of a season ago, when he won the team’s Rookie of the Year award. A fourth-round pick of Boston in ’08, Arniel has been one of Providence’s steadiest players this year, as he hasn’t gone more than three games in a row without a point.

If he keep his hot hand and the P-Bruins continue to improve, he could gain some postseason experience in the spring. Providence, which failed to make the playoffs last season, holds two games in hand on Worcester as it tries to close that four-point gap for fourth place.

Who’s hot

Joe Colborne scored a pair of goals over the weekend. … Max Sauve posted 1-2-3 totals and a plus-3 rating. …Matt Bartkowski returned from Boston to score a goal, register an assist, post an even rating and engage in his first fight with Bud Holloway of Manchester over the weekend.

Who’s not

Defenseman Jeff Penner was point-less on the weekend. … Jordan Caron followed up a 1-1-2, plus-1 night against Manchester with a point-less, minus-3 game Saturday in Portland. … Trent Whitfield finally scored his first goal of the season Saturday. He has just the one score in 10 games.

Upcoming games

Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Hartford

Friday, Jan. 28 vs. Portland

Saturday, Jan. 29 at Worcester

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