Rangers 2023 top pick, Gabriel Perreault scores first NCAA goal

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Multiple New York Rangers college prospects were in action on Friday night. However, the team’s 2023 first-round draft selection stole the spotlight by registering his first NCAA goal for the Boston College Eagles.

Gabriel Perreault’s tally came in the second period against RPI. With the score 2-1 in favor of the hosts at Chestnut Hill, Perreault blocked a shot from the point and was off to the races before shooting the puck over the shoulder of Engineers goaltender Jack Watson.

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Gabriel Perreault nets goal and assist

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Drew Fortescue, Defense and Gabriel Perreault, Forward

The freshman would go on to record an assist in the third period, as he fed fellow NTDP linemate Will Smith for the Eagles’ sixth goal. Perreault did an excellent job of following the puck into the offensive zone and perfectly placing the puck on Smith’s stick for the goal.

Perreault would finish the game with one goal, one assist, and a +2 rating while being credited with three shots on goal. Teammate and fellow Rangers prospect Drew Fortescue was held scoreless on two shots with a -1 rating. Boston College improved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

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Jaroslav Chmelar, Forward

In other Hockey East action, Jaroslav Chmelar continued his point streak to start the season with the Providence College Friars in a top ten matchup against the Denver Pioneers. The sophomore forward evened the score at two in the second period when he buried a pass in front of the net from a pass by Tanner Adams. Chmelar would pick up an assist during the third period on the power play for what would turn out to be the winning goal for Providence. With a one goal, one assist, two point game, the New York Rangers prospect ended Saturday night leading the Friars team in scoring, having collected points in all four games Providence has played this season to date.

Hugo Ollas, Goalie

Hugo Ollas served as the backup goaltender for the Merrimack College Warriors in their 4-1 win over the Clarkson Golden Knights. He will likely get the start on Sunday when the Warriors host St. Lawrence.

Noah Lamb, Center

Out west, Noah Laba centered the top line for the Colorado College Tigers as they skated to at 4-2 victory over the Long Island University Sharks. Laba set up the game winning goal by picking the puck behind the net and skating down the ice until reaching the hashmarks of the right faceoff circle before Bret Link in the slot for his first career NCAA goal. Laba finished the game with one assist, one shot on goal, a +2 rating, while winning six of seven draws.

Brody Lamb, Forward

The matchup of the night saw Brody Lamb at center in the starting lineup for the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers as they took on rival North Dakota Fighting Hawks. In just three games so far this season, Lamb has already equaled his goal total from his freshman campaign. His fourth goal of the year was all that was needed Friday night against fifth-ranked North Dakota. Lamb was first to light the lamp, scoring on a breakaway two minutes into the second period. He almost lost the puck on his initial shot attempt, but stayed with it and made an excellent follow through move.

Lamb would increase his point total on the season to 4-2-6 as he added a primary assist on Minnesota’s fourth goal of the game. With the multi point effort, the New York Rangers prospect earned the second star of the game while winning six of nine faceoffs.

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