TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
Features
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Ancient Rivals Boast Future Teammates

B's prospects faced off in an ECAC tilt between Harvard and Yale

Monday, 11.5.2012 / 8:56 AM ET / Features
By Evan Sporer  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Ancient Rivals Boast Future Teammates

BOSTON, MA — It may have looked like an innocent push (and push back) between opposing players lined up across from each other before a faceoff. However, the Harvard Crimson's Alex Fallstrom and the Yale Bulldogs Rob O’Gara knew exactly who was under the other helmet during a brief exchange at Bright Hockey Center last Saturday.

O'Gara

Midway through the second period of an important ECAC matchup between the storied Ivy League rivals, as Fallstrom and O’Gara lined up across from each other before a draw, Fallstrom gave O’Gara a little tap, as if to say, "How are you doing?"

Or maybe Yale's rookie defenseman was encroaching a little too much for the Harvard senior forward, who happened to be a teammate at the Boston Bruins Development Camp 2011.

"I did," said Fallstrom when asked if he knew the Yalie he chopped was a fellow B's prospect. "He came over to my side, so I gave him a little hack."

Fallstrom may have gotten that first chop, but O’Gara got the final say as the freshman blueliner and Yale skated to a 5-1 win.

"Robbie is a terrific young man," said Yale head coach Keith Allain, postgame. "We’re just thrilled with his work ethic, his attention to detail.

"We think he has the potential to be a great hockey player, and I think a good Boston Bruin somewhere down the road."

Strength was something O’Gara highlighted when BostonBruins.com spoke with him in September and gaining more was something the freshman talked after Saturday's contest.

"Really, just getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and just getting acclimated to school and the guys here," O’Gara said. "The first couple of months have been amazing.

Fallstrom

On the other end of the ice was Fallstrom, who as a senior, is at a different point in his development than O’Gara.

The forward, who scored the second most goals on the Crimson last season despite limited playing dime due to injury, remains committed to becoming a more well-rounded player who can fit into the Boston Bruins system.

"What I feel like defines the Bruins play is hard work," said Fallstrom. "That’s what I want to base my game on.

"I want to work hard every night, go out there and play for my team."

Right now, that team is the Harvard Crimson, but according to Fallstrom’s head coach, the 22-year-old winger on the right track to wearing Black & Gold.

“I think Alex has made some great strides,” said Ted Donato. “He’s a guy we count on in all situations—very solid defensively.

“He plays the power play, penalty kill, and 5-on-5," he added. "As a senior for us, he’s gotten stronger."

And that hard-working, well-rounded desire is moving Fallstrom to the head of the class at Harvard, and should serve the forward well after graduation.

“He’s a guy who’s really improved," said Donato (a former Crimson and Bruins forward himself). "I think he’s doing a lot of things that will allow him the opportunity to move on to the next level."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings