Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Khokhlachev helps Russia advance
By James Murphy
Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev was the team's only prospect in action Wednesday at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, and the crafty center helped Russia advance to the semifinals with a goal in his team's 4-3 shootout win over Switzerland.
The Bruins' second-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft lit the lamp on the power play 6:07 into regulation to give Russia an early 1-0 lead. He now has a goal and an assist in four games. Khokhlachev and Russia will continue their title defense in the semifinals against Sweden on Thursday.
Also in action on Thursday will be Bruins prospects Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban, who will do their best to help Canada beat USA in the semifinals. Subban has been getting better game-by-game, as the goalie drafted 24th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is now 4-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 save percentage. Hamilton (ninth overall, 2011 NHL Draft) has been sharp on the blue line with a goal and an assist in four games.