With the holiday break in the rearview mirror, a handful of Sabres prospects got a quick start to the second half of the season with solid performances over the weekend.
Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) recorded the first two-goal game of his Western Hockey League career Sunday as Prince Albert emerged from the holiday break with a 6-2 victory over Saskatoon.
Guhle got it going quickly, sending a wrist shot top shelf through traffic at 1:28 of the opening period to give the Raiders the early 1-0 advantage. The swift-skating defender, who just missed a wide-open net on his very next shift, rounded off his third-star effort with 1:04 remaining in regulation time when he chipped a puck off the boards in his own zone and watched it travel the length of the ice into an empty net.
Guhle, who has now scored in two-straight contests for the first time in his WHL career, has captured 14 points (6+8) in 28 games this season. While his offensive game grows, Guhle has played an integral role in the Raiders' attack all season long with his puck-moving skill and ability to flash to the high slot for scoring chances.
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored a pair of goals Sunday to earn the game’s first star as Lethbridge earned a 5-4 overtime victory at Medicine Hat.
Estephan gave the Hurricanes the 1-0 lead at 10:12 of the first period when he took a cross-ice feed on the power play and picked the upper left-hand corner. With 1:52 left in the second period, the top-line pivot struck again with a glove-side marker from between the hash marks for his 16th of the season.
He has 41 points (16+25) in 36 games, which ties him for 15th among WHL scorers.
Defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) picked up an assist on the game-winning goal Sunday as Kelowna edged Kamloops 2-1. The helper snapped a 13-game point drought for Stephens, who has amassed two goals, five assists and a plus-14 rating at the midway point of the season for the Western Conference-leading Rockets.
Brycen Martin (2014, third round) logged a minus-1 rating Sunday as Everett dropped a 4-2 decision at Vancouver. Martin is tied for ninth in WHL scoring for defensemen with 28 points (3+25) in 35 games.
He has four assists in 10 games since joining the Silvertips in a trade from Saskatoon.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) put his quick release on display Saturday, breaking down the right side and unloading a heavy wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season to help MODO to a 4-3 shootout win over the Vaxjo Lakers HC.
Olofsson again showed his fast hands in the shootout with a marvelous forehand deke as MODO iced the victory over the league’s fourth-place club. The speedy winger has points in consecutive contests to boost his season total to 14 (5+9) through 26 appearances.
MODO forward Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) fired one shot on goal in 20:15 of work in Saturday’s shootout victory over the Vaxjo Lakers HC. Possler, who hasn’t gotten on the scoresheet in his last seven games, has four goals and 12 points while maintaining a top-six forward role for the rebuilding program.
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.