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GUHLE RETURNS TO ACTION WITH 4 ASSISTS

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) wasted no time making an impact in his return to the junior ranks, picking up four assists and a plus-4 rating last week to help the Prince Albert Raiders to a perfect 4-0 week on the road.

Guhle rushed the puck deep to gain a helper in Tuesday’s 4-0 win at Portland and got right back at it with three more Wednesday as the Raiders earned a 5-3 victory in Tri-City.

The 18-year-old defender was unable to continue his point collection in wins over Spokane and Kootenay on Friday and Saturday, but he was relied upon as a steadying 2-way force the whole way through as the Raiders vaulted into the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Prince Albert is off until Friday when they host Moose Jaw.

WHL
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) came up big for Lethbridge on Wednesday with a pair of third-period assists to help the Hurricanes to a 6-4 triumph over Regina. Estephan resumed his playmaking ways on Friday, amassing two more helpers to extend his point streak to four games in the Hurricanes’ 3-1 win over Swift Current.

Estephan currently leads all Sabres prospects with 13 points (2+11) through his first eight outings. The Hurricanes will go for their fifth-straight victory Friday against Swift Current.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) contributed one shot on goal as Saskatoon lost to Brandon 4-1 on Saturday. The fourth-year rearguard has nine points (1+8) and a plus-8 rating in eight games for the Blades, who return to work Tuesday at Edmonton.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) was unable to get on the scoresheet last week as Kelowna won twice in three tries. A mobile shutdown defender with the Rockets, Stephens netted an assist on opening night but has since gone without a point – a span of 10 games. The Rockets resume the schedule Friday on home ice versus Prince George.

OHL
After picking up one assist in Peterborough’s 4-3 shootout loss to Erie on Thursday, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) forced extra time the following night with a tap-in power-play goal in the game's 59th minute as the Petes dropped another 4-3 shootout decision to Kingston. The Petes’ captain, who posted a team-high seven shots on goal in the loss to the Frontenacs, enters Thursday's tilt versus Oshawa with an even 10 points (3+7) in as many games.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) potted an empty-net goal Wednesday as Baie-Comeau won 3-1 over Sherbrooke for their second-straight victory. On Saturday, Karabacek fired a career-high 10 shots on goal as Baie-Comeau was defeated by Charlottetown 5-1. The third-year winger has amassed five points (4+1) in nine appearances for the last-place Drakkar, who get back to work Friday versus Chicoutimi.

NCAA
Jason Kasdorf had a busy night in the RPI crease Saturday, stopping 47 of 50 shots as the Engineers came up short in a 4-2 loss to Alaska-Fairbanks. Kasdorf, who on Friday made 23 saves in a 4-3 loss to Alaska-Anchorage, enters next Saturday’s meeting with a 1-3 record, 2.79 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) recorded an empty-net goal plus an assist Saturday to help St. Cloud State to a 3-0 victory and weekend sweep of Minnesota State. The late goal gives the sophomore forward a team-best three on the year. On Friday, Peterson supplied a team-high six shots on goal as the Huskies opened the set with a 4-0 shutout of the Mavericks.

Defenseman Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) punched three shots on goal for St. Cloud State in the weekend sweep of Minnesota State. The freshman defender will continue the quest for his first collegiate point next weekend at Quinnipiac.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 32 saves Friday as Notre Dame got past Penn State 7-4. Petersen returned to the Fighting Irish crease on Saturday, stopping 34 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Nittany Lions. The non-conference split leaves Petersen with a 1-1 record, a 4.03 GAA and a .892 save percentage following the opening weekend of play.

Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched one assist in Notre Dame’s Friday victory at Penn State. The sophomore centerman was unable to produce on Saturday, capturing one shot on goal in the 5-3 defeat. Notre Dame welcomes Minnesota-Duluth to town next weekend for a pair of non-conference contests.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) bagged one assist Friday as No. 2 Providence rolled past Holy Cross 4-1. The Friars resume action this weekend when they welcome Ohio State to town for a pair of games.

Hudson Fasching recorded a total of two shots on goal as Minnesota was swept by Minnesota-Duluth by scores of 3-1 and 3-0. Fasching has yet to record a point this season for a Gophers club that has opened the season with three-straight losses. Minnesota will look to reverse their fortune this weekend against Northeastern.

Freshman centerman Chris Brown (2014, sixth round) was unable to produce in his fourth-line role Friday as No. 4 Boston College smoked Wisconsin 6-0. The Eagles head west next weekend for a non-conference set with Colorado College.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) contributed one shot on goal as Massachusetts skated to a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart. The freshman defender will search for his first collegiate point Friday against New Hampshire.

Sweden
In Thursday action, Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) filled the center lane and buried a rebound for his third goal of the year as MODO came up short in a 4-3 loss to Brynas IF. On Saturday, Olofsson finished with one shot and a minus-1 rating as MODO lost for the second consecutive game 1-0 to the Malmo Redhawks. Olofsson leads the club with eight points (3+5) at the 10-game mark.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) played a season-high 21:03 Thursday as MODO was edged by Brynas IF. The 21-year old went on to contribute four shots on goal in 18:06 work in Saturday’s shutout loss to Malmo. Possler has netted one goal and one assist through 10 games. MODO resumes play Tuesday versus Djurgardens IF.

In HockeyAllsvenskan action, Jonas Johansson stopped 22 of 26 shots Thursday as Almtuma IS lost a 4-1 decision to Mora IK. On Sunday, Johansson made 17 saves as Altmtuna suffered another defeat, 4-3 to Asploven HC. Almtuna looks to snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday when they battle Leksands IF.


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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