The first Bruins rookie game taking place in Coral Springs, Florida is in the books, and the B’s rookies ended up in a 5-5 tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning rookies during the Friday afternoon showdown. Anthony Camara, Zach Trotman, Alex Khokhlachev and Maxime Villemaire (two goals) had the scoring punch for the Baby Black and Gold after the two teams had been tied 2-2 entering the final 20 minutes.
Jared Knight scored during the shootout, but that also finished in a 1-1 tie between the Baby B’s and the Baby Bolts. Malcolm Subban was the goaltender for the Black and Gold while allowing five goals in what sounds like it must have been an offensive display in the third period.
Villemaire is a 20-year-old undrafted forward out of the Quebec Major Junior League, who scored 30 goals over the past two seasons for the Saint John Sea Dogs before racking up 43 penalty minutes in 15 games for the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators. It would appear at 6-foot-2, 217 pounds with healthy PIMs at the junior hockey level that Villemaire might have some of that skill/physicality mix at the forward spot that the Bruins are always trolling for.
The Bruins rookies will be in Florida through the weekend playing games against the rookies for the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, and will be back in Boston next week for the start of NHL training camp.