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FRESHMAN CHUKAROV SCORES TWICE FOR UMASS

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo Credit: University of Massachusetts)

Freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career over the weekend as the University of Massachusetts continued to struggle with a pair of Hockey East losses to the University of Maine.

Chukarov picked up his first lamplighter Friday as the Minutemen opened the set with a 5-2 loss to the Black Bears. With his team on the power play, Chukarov tied the game 1-1 with a one-time blast from above the faceoff circle at 11:57 of the opening period.

On Saturday, Chukarov scored with the extra attacker in the final minute of regulation as Massachusetts saw their comeback effort fall short in a 5-4 defeat to Maine to extend their losing skid to eight games.

The 20-year-old lefthander has amassed six points and 26 shots on goal while being one of four Minutemen players to appear in 27 games. His 30 blocked shots are third-most on the team.


NCAA
Sean Malone
(2013, sixth round) scored his fifth goal of the year Friday as No. 7 Harvard downed Princeton 4-1. At 1:56 of the first period, Malone took a puck in the slot and scored with a forehand as he was falling to the ice to give the Crimson an early 1-0 lead. Through 17 appearances, Malone has collected 11 points and a plus-nine rating.

Hudson Fasching recorded five shots on goal Saturday but couldn’t convert as No. 20 Minnesota was defeated by Bemidji State 4-2 in the semifinal of the North Star College Cup in St. Paul, Minn. The Gophers got back to work Sunday, with Fasching again thwarted in a 3-2 loss to No. 19 Minnesota State. Despite the quiet weekend, Fasching continues to pace the Gophers with 15 goals and 27 points through 25 contests.

Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) logged a combined even rating over the weekend as No. 3 St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota State 5-4 on Saturday before toppling Bemidji State 5-2 the following day to capture the North Star College Cup in St. Paul, Minn. Borgen has nine assists and a plus-nine rating in 24 games.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) saw his point drought hit eight games as No. 3 St. Cloud State hoisted the North Star College Cup with wins over Minnesota State and Bemidji State. The sophomore winger has 12 goals, 19 points and 75 shots on goal in 25 appearances this season with the Huskies.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) saw his 12-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a 35-save performance Friday as No. 10 Notre Dame was shut out by No. 5 Boston College 4-0. The reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, Petersen has posted a 14-5-7 record while starting all 26 of Notre Dame’s contests this season. His 2.22 GAA and .926 save% both rank fourth among Hockey East goaltenders.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) contributed one shot on goal in Friday’s shutout loss to Boston College. The sophomore centerman has appeared in 25 games this season, recording four goals, 12 points and a plus-eight rating.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) supplied two shots on goal Friday for No. 5 Boston College in the shutout victory at Notre Dame. Brown has skated in all 25 of the Eagles’ games, compiling two goals, eight points and a plus-seven rating.

In Friday's action, Jason Kasdorf allowed three goals on 32 shots as No. 16 RPI came from behind to pick up a 4-3 win at Brown. The senior standout continued the weekend Saturday with a 30-save performance as the Engineers were shut out by No. 11 Yale 3-0. The loss snapped Kasdorf's six-game unbeaten streak, leaving him with an 8-6-4 record, 2.11 GAA and .935 save% entering February.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) submitted one shot on goal Friday as Providence defeated New Hampshire 3-1. The hard-hitting defender, who added another five shots on goal in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Wildcats, has five goals, nine points and a plus-10 rating in 22 games this season.

Brown sophomore Max Willman (2014, fifth round) snapped a nine-game drought with an assist in Friday’s 4-3 loss to RPI, and then gathered four shots on goal the following night in the Bears’ 2-2 tie with Union. Willman has scored once on 40 shots on goal en route to totaling five points in 21 games.


WHL
After logging a minus-three rating in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Calgary, Prince Albert defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) crept between the hash marks and buried a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the year Saturday as the Raiders held on for a 5-3 win at Medicine Hat. Guhle, who finished with an even rating Sunday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Swift Current, has connected for 19 points in 43 games while matching up against the opposition’s top forwards.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) saw his 14-game point streak come to an end Friday as Lethbridge dropped a 3-1 decision at Victoria. On Saturday, Estephan again went without a point in another road loss 4-2 at Vancouver. Estephan has played 50 games this season for the league-leading Hurricanes, posting career highs of 27 goals (t-11th in WHL), 63 points (8th) and a plus-26 rating (t-6th).

Everett defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) skated without a point while playing a shutdown role as the Silvertips earned one victory in the week’s three contests. Through 50 games, Martin has collected four goals, 31 points and a plus-eight rating.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) maintained his stay-at-home posture last week as Kelowna defeated Portland 4-2 Friday before ending the week with Saturday and Sunday losses to Victoria and Seattle. At the 50-game mark, Stephens has captured seven points (2+5) and a plus-10 rating.


OHL
Eric Cornel
(2014, second round) tallied an even-strength marker Friday as Peterborough was defeated 3-2 at Ottawa. The Petes captain returned to work Sunday, getting behind the defense to bury an even strength goal down low in a 3-2 shootout win over Kingston. Cornel has 23 goals and 56 points in 49 games while tying for fourth among league skaters with 121 shots on goal.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) saw his dry spell hit a career-long six games over the weekend as Moncton was defeated by Halifax 4-1 on Saturday and stumbled again Sunday with a 2-0 shutout loss to Acadie-Bathurst. Karabacek posted a goal and an assist in his first game with the Wildcats two weeks ago, but has since failed to add to his haul, leaving him with 18 points (9+9) through 30 games.


Sweden
Victor Olofsson
(2014, seventh round) buried an empty-net goal Tuesday as MODO finished off a 4-1 victory over Djurgardens IF. Olofsson pumped a season-high six shots on goal in Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Rogle BK, but got back on track Saturday by earning a helper in a career-high 19:21 of work as MODO fell to Farjestad BK 4-1. The productive week vaults Olofsson into a tie for the team scoring lead with 19 points (9+10) in 36 games.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) was unable to record a point as MODO won once in three tries. Possler ranks fourth in team scoring with six goals and 18 points through 39 contests. He has received over 20 minutes of ice time in six of his last eight outings.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) allowed four goals on 23 shots Thursday as Almtuna IS was defeated by Leksands IF 4-1. Johansson has won 20 of 33 starts this season while posting a 2.37 GAA, .917 save% and two shutouts.


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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