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by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Photo Credit: Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) came to life with a goal and three assists Saturday to earn the game's second star as Baie-Comeau dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Halifax.

The productive outing arrived on the heels of a two-assist effort the night before in the Drakkar’s 6-4 loss to Acadie-Bathurst.

For Karabacek, a right-wing prospect hoping to represent his native Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, the production is coming at the right time and will need to continue if he is able to achieve his goal of playing in the prestigious tournament.

Through 16 games, Karabacek has connected for six goals, 12 points and a team-leading 69 shots on goal. Seven of his 12 points have come in his last four games for a last-place Drakkar squad that has won just three times all season and is currently mired in an eight-game losing streak.

In Saturday action, Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) scored his second goal of the year and added an assist as Prince Albert came up short in a 6-4 loss to Moose Jaw. Guhle, who on Friday contributed two shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to Red Deer, has rung up two goals, eight points and a plus-5 rating in his first dozen games since returning to the Raiders from Buffalo.

Defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) notched a pair of helpers Friday and a team-high seven shots on goal as Saskatoon was upended by Moose Jaw 7-4. Martin continued to contribute on Saturday, collecting two more helpers as Saskatoon doubled Red Deer 4-2.

Martin, who has now gotten on the scoresheet in three straight games, has racked up 17 points (3+14) in 18 contests this season to enter the week tied for fifth in scoring among WHL defenders.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) scored his seventh goal of the year Friday as Lethbridge bested Seattle 5-2. On Saturday, Estephan recorded one assist as part of a first-star effort in a 3-2 win over Kootenay. Estephan has collected points in seven straight contests to boost his season total to 23 (7+16). He has recorded at least one point in 13 of his 17 appearances this season.

In Saturday action, Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) put his first goal of the year into an empty net as Kelowna outgunned Portland 8-5. Stephens, who began the week without a point in Tuesday and Friday wins at Tri-City and Portland, has four points (1+3) in 18 outings for the second-place Rockets.

Eric Cornel
(2014, second round) scored a power play goal Saturday to end a seven-game goal drought as Peterborough was defeated by Niagara 5-1. Earlier in the week, Cornel was blanked in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to North Bay before picking up a helper on Friday in a 7-3 defeat to Erie. The Petes’ captain has collected 14 points (4+10) through 18 contests.

Hudson Fasching
scored on the power play Friday and added one assist as Minnesota was defeated by Notre Dame 4-3. On Saturday, Fasching saw his three-game goal streak snapped as the Gophers earned the weekend split with a 4-1 victory over the Fighting Irish. The power forward prospect has four goals, six points and a plus-three rating through his first seven games. Next up for Minnesota is a home-and-home set with WCHA opponent Minnesota State beginning Friday.

Sophomore goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 31 saves in Notre Dame’s 4-3 win over Minnesota on Friday. The reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week returned to the Fighting Irish net for his eighth consecutive start on Saturday, stopping 22 of 25 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Gophers. Petersen has posted a 4-2-2 record this season with a 2.83 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) logged three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in the weekend split with Minnesota. Through seven appearances, Hurley has collected four assists and a plus-2 rating while seeing time at the point on the top power play unit. Notre Dame heads to Boston on Thursday to begin on two-game Hockey East set with Northeastern.

RPI goaltender Jason Kasdorf made 28 saves Friday before a third-period collision forced him to leave with an injury as the Engineers played to a 2-2 tie with Clarkson. As a result of the hit, Clarkson senior forward Jeff DiNallo was assessed a one-game suspension by ECAC Hockey.

Kasdorf did not dress the following night as Engineers defeated St. Lawrence 4-3 in overtime, and his status remains uncertain heading into Friday’s tilt with Yale. Prior to the injury, the Winnipeg native posted a 3-4 record with a 2.46 GAA and a solid .927 save percentage.

In a rare Tuesday night tilt, freshman forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) notched a pair of assists as Boston College smoked Massachusetts 7-0. Brown was unable to keep it going as the Eagles continued their shutout streak with 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Maine on Friday and Sunday. Boston College has posted shutouts in six of their nine games this season, with Brown recording four points (1+3) along the way.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) notched two shots on goal Friday as Harvard and Yale ended in a 2-2 tie. Malone recorded another two shots on goal Saturday as the Crimson got past Brown 5-2. Malone has captured four assists in five games for Harvard, who continues the schedule next weekend with games at Quinnipiac and Princeton.

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) was held off the scoresheet Friday as Brown was dominated by Dartmouth 7-3, and then logged one shot on goal and a checking from behind penalty in the Bears’ loss to Harvard on Saturday. Willman will continue the hunt for his first points of the season this weekend as winless Brown visits Union and RPI.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) logged one shot on goal and a plus-2 rating over the weekend as Massachusetts swept Connecticut by scores of 4-2 and 5-3. Through nine collegiate contests, Chukarov has netted one assist and a minus-1 rating. UMass goes for their third-straight win Friday at Merrimack.

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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