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Estephan's postseason run continues in WHL conference final

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

Giorgio Estephan (2016, sixth round) notched a first-period assist Tuesday as Lethbridge advanced to the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final with an exciting 5-4 overtime victory at Medicine Hat in Game 7.

Estephan, who has been on fire throughout the playoffs but was unable to score in the final three games of the series with Medicine Hat, got back on track with a pair of goals Friday as Lethbridge opened the conference final with a 3-2 victory over Regina.

Estephan made it a 1-1 game at 13:23 of the second period when he glided into a soft spot in the Pats' defense and buried a one-timer from the right hash marks for his ninth goal of the playoffs.

Estephan would cap the third-star performance with a late empty-net goal.

The teams went right back to work on Saturday, with Estephan logging a minus-one rating in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pats to even the series at one game apiece.

Estephan has 10 goals and 21 points in 14 playoff contests heading into Tuesday's Game 3.

In the WHL Western Conference Final, defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) recorded one assist Friday as Kelowna dropped the series opener 5-4 at Seattle.

The Rockets returned the favor the next night, winning Game 2 by a 4-3 overtime score. Stephens posted a plus-1 rating in the victory.

The Rockets and Thunderbirds reconvene Tuesday evening in Kelowna for Game 3.

Through 13 playoff games, Stephens has amassed seven assists and an even rating.



Cliff Pu (2016, third round) snuck a shot through on the short side Tuesday and added an assist as London saw their season come to an end with a 5-4 loss to Erie in Game 7 of their second-round series. London's leading scorer in the regular season with 86 points (35+51), Pu's first-period points upped his playoff point production to seven (2+5) in 14 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu goes short side to score his final goal of the 2016-17 campaign in London's Game 7 loss to Erie #Sabres

In the Eastern Conference Final, defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) posted a plus-1 rating Thursday as Mississauga opened the series with a 5-3 win over Peterborough.

Osmanski recorded one shot on goal Saturday as the Steelheads blanked the Petes 3-0 to take a 2-0 series advantage heading into Monday's Game 3.

Osmanski has a plus-3 rating and 16 SOG through 13 playoffs contests.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker's website, You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.

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