Bruins Farm Report: College-Trained Defense Earns More Credit in Providence

December 4th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Had either last Saturday or Sunday’s game been televised for a local audience, the Providence Bruins might as well have emulated the NFL and let its entire defense introduce itself―name, alma mater and all―on a superimposed graphic.

Matt Bartkowski, Ohio State (or The Ohio State University); Colby Cohen, Boston University; Tommy Cross, Boston College; Torey Krug, Michigan State; Zach Trotman, Lake Superior State; David Warsofsky, Boston University.

The veteran Garnet Exelby briefly returned from a groin ailment for Friday’s tilt with Connecticut, but presumably re-aggravated it as he was conspicuously absent from the lineup for the remainder of the weekend.

Cohen stepped up in his place, thus giving the Baby Bs a blue-line brigade comprised exclusively of U.S. college alumni.

That deep concoction of collegians played no small part in what will prove a landmark weekend if Providence can fully recompense its early-season woes and permanently restore relevance.

Five of those six defenders notched a point as part of Saturday’s 5-2 victory in Portland. The following afternoon, defensemen accounted ...

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