Former Cornell hockey star Brian Ferlin made a “significant impact” in his second NHL game with the Boston Bruins Sunday night, according to Comcast Sports.

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The 4th round draft choice from Jacksonville, Fla., made his NHL debut on Friday night as the Bruins fell to the St. Louis Blues, 5-1.

Ferlin with the Big Red

Ferlin told the Boston Globe before the game:

“I’m really excited … Obviously it’s something you look forward to your whole life. It’s a huge opportunity for me. I’m just going to go out there, try not to be nervous, and try to do the same thing that got me here and I’ve been working on all year. Hopefully just go out there, play hard, and play my game.”

Ferlin played three years for the Big Red at Lynah Rink before leaving for the draft.

The forward led the team in goals (13) and points (27) in his last year and finished his NCAA career with over 92 games. His +/- rating was +25, which — for you fans of other sports — is excellent.

As is perhaps fitting for a former Cornell player, Boston Bruins Coach Claudie told Comcast Sports that Ferlin is a “smart player:”

“I can see Brian Ferlin getting more comfortable every game. He’s strong along the walls, and he’s a smart player.”

Comcast Sports added:

“There’s no doubt that the insertion of Spooner and Ferlin added some speed to the Black and Gold attack.”

Ferlin was rewarded for his efforts with his first career point Sunday — an assist from a pass to Gregory Campbell.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.