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MALONE OFF TO QUICK START WITH 5 POINTS

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) kicked off his 2015-16 campaign in the quite the productive manner over the weekend, collecting five total points as No. 11 Harvard cruised to a pair of victories over Ivy League rival Dartmouth.

The West Seneca, N.Y. native opened the season Saturday with a pair of assists as the Crimson throttled the Big Green 7-0. Malone kept at it on Sunday, collecting three more helpers and a team-high four shots on goal to spark Harvard to a 5-2 triumph. The junior forward’s five points place him second in team scoring entering this weekend’s conference set with Yale.

Quick starts are nothing new to Malone. He recorded an assist in each of his first two games as a freshman in October 2013. Last December, Malone netted a goal and two assists in his first game back after missing the first two months of action due to injury.

NCAA
Goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopped 22 of 23 shots Friday as RPI cruised past Union 5-1. The undisputed starter in the Engineers’ net, Kasdorf stayed sharp on Saturday with a 27-save effort as RPI edged the Dutchmen 3-2. Kasdorf's first back-to-back victories of the year elevate him to a 3-4 record with a 2.60 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. The Engineers next hit the North Country for games with Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) was called upon to make just 14 saves Saturday as Notre Dame edged Connecticut 2-1. Petersen returned to the Notre Dame nets on Sunday, stopping 19 of 21 shots as the Fighting Irish cruised to an 8-2 victory over Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The positive weekend leaves Petersen with a 3-1-2 record, 2.76 GAA and .912 save percentage.

Notre Dame forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched a career-high three assists Sunday as the Fighting Irish smoked Connecticut. Hurley, who did not dress in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Huskies, has four points (0+4) in five appearances heading into this weekend’s series with Minnesota.

Chris Brown (2014, sixth round) was unable to connect Friday as No. 4 Boston College got past Denver 4-3. The freshman centerman has two points (1+1) through his first six collegiate contests. Next up for the Eagles is a conference series with Maine beginning Friday.

Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) notched his first collegiate points over the weekend as No. 14 St. Cloud State earned the conference sweep of No. 15 Miami (Ohio). Borgen earned one assist Friday in the Huskies’ 3-0 shutout of the RedHawks. The first-year rearguard added another helper on Saturday as St. Cloud State closed out Miami with a 3-1 win.

St. Cloud State centerman Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) went without a point in the sweep of Miami. Peterson has five goals and six points this season for the Huskies, who continue the NCHC schedule next weekend in Kalamazoo versus Western Michigan.

Sophomore winger Max Willman (2014, fifth round) registered one shot on goal Friday as Brown kicked off the schedule with a 7-5 loss to Holy Cross. The Bears will seek their first win of the season Friday at Dartmouth.

After sitting out Friday’s 7-2 win at Colgate, Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) finished with a minus-1 rating on Saturday as the Friars earned the sweep of the Raiders with a 4-3 victory. Florentino has amassed four points (2+2) in six games. The No. 3 Friars get a weekend off before beginning a home-and-home set with Boston University on Nov. 13.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) registered one shot on goal as Massachusetts captured a 5-4 overtime triumph over Maine on Friday. Chukarov again logged one shot the following day as the Minutemen were rolled by No. 13 Yale 6-1. Massachusetts will battle Connecticut next weekend in a home-and-home series.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) ended a four-game goal drought Saturday when he scored his fifth of the year as Baie-Comeau was defeated by Shawinigan 7-4. The Czech winger was entering the contest coming off a three-shot performance the night before in a 3-2 loss to Gatineau. The Drakkar are off until Friday when they visit Acadie-Bathurst.

OHL
Eric Cornel
(2014, second round) bagged one assist and four shots on goal Friday as Peterborough advanced past Kingston 6-3. The night before, Cornel logged a minus-3 rating in a 7-2 loss to league-leading Kitchener. Through 15 games, the Petes captain has amassed three goals and 12 points.

WHL
Giorgio Estephan
(2015, sixth round) had a productive week, collecting three goals and three assists as Lethbridge endured a four-game tour through the province of British Columbia. After snagging a pair of helpers in a 4-3 win at Victoria on Tuesday, the top-line centerman secured his fourth goal of the year in a 5-3 win over Vancouver on Wednesday.

Estephan scored two more goals Friday in a 7-3 loss to Kamloops, and rounded out the week on Saturday with one assist in a 5-3 defeat Kelowna. Estephan has 20 points (6+14) in 14 contests, which places him in a tie for 16th on the WHL leaderboard.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) recorded one assist last week as Prince Albert won once in three tries. In nine games since being returned from Buffalo, Guhle has collected one goal, six points and a plus-5 rating. The Raiders return to work Wednesday versus Calgary.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) earned one assist Saturday as Kelowna got past Lethbridge 5-3. The night before, Stephens was kept off the score sheet as the Rockets were edged by Prince George 2-1. Stephens has three helpers and a plus-4 rating through 15 appearances for the Rockets, who get back at it Tuesday at Tri-City.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) recorded one assist Thursday as Saskatoon was defeated by Edmonton 3-1. The left-handed defender was unable to get a point in Friday’s 4-0 victory over Swift Current 4-0. He was again blanked on Sunday as the Blades lost 5-1 to Victoria. Martin had collected nine points in his first seven games, but has just two in his past eight.

Sweden
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) continued his stellar play Tuesday, stopping 38 of 40 shots in regulation and overtime and another two in the shootout as Almtuna IS edged Timra IK 3-2. Johansson earned another start on Sunday, making 34 saves to backstop Almtuna IS to a 3-1 win over BIK Karlskoga. Johansson has started 16 of his club’s 19 games, posting a 9-7 record with a 2.46 GAA and .913 save percentage. Almtuna is off until next Tuesday when they take on IK Pantern.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was unable to get on the scoreboard last week as MODO saw their losing skid hit seven games with a pair of losses. Through 15 games, Olofsson has gathered 10 points (3+10) while averaging 15:58 of work per night.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) posted a cumulative minus-5 rating last week as MODO suffered a pair of defeats to Frolunda HC and Brynas IF. Possler has six points (3+3) in 15 appearances. MODO will return from the international break on Nov. 12 for a tilt against Farjestads BK.


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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