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FASCHING PICKS UP 4 POINTS IN SWEEP OF NORTHEASTERN

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Hudson Fasching kicked his season into gear over the weekend, notching his first four points of the year to help No. 19 Minnesota to a home-ice sweep of Northeastern.

Fasching captured his first goal of the season Friday and added an assist as the Gophers blanked the Huskies 4-0. Fasching was a difference maker all game long. He set a power-play screen on the Gophers' first tally of the game at 6:48.

Two minutes later, he applied deep pressure and forced a turnover on the second. Fasching was finally rewarded with one of his own in the 58th minute when he drifted low with his stick on the ice and swatted home a one-timer to close out the scoring.

Fasching stepped up again on Saturday, producing his third career two-goal game as Minnesota held on for a 4-3 victory. The junior power forward got his first of the night in the opening minute of play with a powerful forehand drive from his off-wing. He'd get his second of the game – the eventual game winner – late in the opening frame when he took a pass at the side of the net while on the power play and finished with a forehand.

Fasching has captured four points (3+1) through five games for the Gophers, who get a week off ahead of a non-conference set with Notre Dame.

NCAA
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) snagged the game-winning goal Friday and added an assist as No. 3 Providence earned a 2-1 victory over Ohio State. Early in the middle period, Florentino stepped into a slap shot that went high blocker side to give the Friars the edge. On Saturday, Florentino recorded one shot and a pair of minor penalties as Providence completed the sweep with a 6-4 win over the Buckeyes.

The junior rearguard has four points (2+2) through five contests. Next up for the defending national champion Friars is a trip to Hamilton, N.Y. for a pair of games against Colgate.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) posted back-to-back 39-save efforts over the weekend as Notre Dame played to consecutive 3-3 ties with No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth. Petersen is now 1-1-2 on the year with a 3.37 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) contributed one shot goal and a minus-2 rating through the pair of ties with Minnesota-Duluth. The sophomore has one assist in four appearances this season. The Fighting Irish move on to face Connecticut for a pair of games this weekend.

RPI goaltender Jason Kasdorf allowed four goals on 27 shots Saturday in a 5-2 loss to No. 11 Michigan. The 23-year-old backstop falls to 1-4 with a 3.05 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Engineers get back to work Friday when they begin a home-and-home set at No. 18 Union.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored a pair of goals Friday including his second shorthanded tally of the year as No. 9 St. Cloud State lost 5-2 at Quinnipiac. The sophomore forward came down the right side and fit a shot in the far side of the net while on the penalty kill to make it a 1-0 game at 13:28 of the opening period.

Early in the second period, Peterson deflected a shot at the edge of the crease to make it 2-0 Huskies before Quinnipiac closed it out with five unanswered goals. Peterson, who also posted a game-high eight shots on goal in the loss, was unable to keep his hot streak going on Saturday as the Huskies were swept by the Bobcats 4-1. Peterson is tied for fifth in the nation with five goals in his first six games.

St. Cloud State defender William Borgen (2015, fourth round) produced four shots on goal in the weekend losses to Quinnipiac. The Huskies will look to recover from the disappointment when they kick off the NCHC schedule next weekend on home ice against No. 15 Miami.

In Saturday action, Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) picked up one assist as No. 4 Boston College earned the road sweep with a 4-0 win at Colorado College. The freshman centerman was held off the score sheet the night before in a 3-0 blanking of the Tigers. Boston College goes for four-straight shutout victories when they return home to face Denver on Friday.

Freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) notched one assist Friday for his first collegiate point as Massachusetts stormed back with four third-period goals to force a 6-6 tie with New Hampshire. The helper, Chukarov's first collegiate point, came as the Minutemen finally caught the Wildcats with 2:40 remaining in regulation. UMass is back at it Friday at Maine.

In Saturday exhibition action, Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) was credited with one shot on goal as Harvard skated to a 3-3 tie with CIS powerhouse New Brunswick. The Crimson kick off regular-season play next weekend versus Dartmouth.

WHL
Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) scored his first goal of the year Friday as Prince Albert extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-2 hammering of Moose Jaw. Guhle used his stick to break up a play in front of his goal and immediately jumped into the left lane, sped into the Warrior zone and finished off a rebound to give the Raiders a 4-1 lead in the middle frame.

Guhle was unable to connect on Sunday as the Raiders won again 2-1 in overtime at Regina, leaving him with five points (1+4) through six outings heading into Wednesday’s tilt with Edmonton.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) picked a corner on the power play for his second goal of the season Friday as Saskatoon came back to earn a 4-3 overtime victory at Kootenay. The left-shot defender logged a plus-2 rating on Saturday as the Blades came from behind for the second consecutive night to defeat Medicine Hat 5-4. Martin has collected 10 points (2+8) in 12 games. Next up for the Blades is a Thursday showdown with Edmonton.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored his third goal of the year Friday as Lethbridge extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 overtime victory over Swift Current. Estephan looked to keep the production going on Saturday, but instead saw his five-game point streak snapped in a 4-3 win at Edmonton.

Estephan, who has three goals and 14 points this season, will look to begin another streak when the Hurricanes begin their run through the province of British Columbia Tuesday in Victoria.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) earned one assist Friday to halt his 10-game point drought as Kelowna toppled Prince George 5-2. The second-year rearguard finished with a plus-2 rating on Saturday as the Rockets pitched a 3-0 shutout of Calgary. The Rockets are off until Friday when they host Prince George.

OHL
On Friday, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) connected for one assist as Peterborough was defeated by Kitchener 4-1. Cornel returned to action Sunday, supplying one shot on goal in the Petes’ 4-1 loss to Ottawa. Cornel, who earlier in the week was named to Team OHL for the Canada Russia Series contest November 16 in Windsor, ranks third on the team with 11 points (3+8) through 13 games.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) gathered six shots on goal Friday as Baie-Comeau was hammered by Chicoutimi 12-1. Karabacek registered five shots on goal and a minus-6 rating on Sunday as the Drakkar endured another drubbing at the hands of the Sagueneens, 6-0. The crafty Czech has amassed five points (4+1) for a struggling Baie-Comeau squad that has won just three of its 14 games.

Sweden
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) earned his second shutout of the year Tuesday, stopping all 32 shots sent his way as Almtuna IS cruised past Leksands IF 5-0. Johansson maintained the hot hand on Thursday with a 40-save performance in a 7-4 triumph over IF Bjorkloven, but the magic ran out on Saturday when he allowed six goals on 37 shots in Almtuna's 6-2 loss to VIK Vasteras HK.

Johansson enters the final week of October with a 7-7 record, a 2.61 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Almtuna hits the road for a Tuesday tilt with Timra.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) popped off for two goals and an assist Saturday for his first multiple-point game of the year as MODO was defeated by Skelleftea AIK 5-3. Possler began the week with an assist in MODO’s 4-3 loss to Djurgardens IF on Tuesday. He was unable to get on the board in Thursday’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Vaxjo Lakers HC.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) produced two assists in the week’s three outings as MODO’s losing skid hit five games. The speedy winger continues to lead the club in scoring with 10 points (3+7) through 13 games. MODO is back in action Tuesday when they host first-place Frolunda HC.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. 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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