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NCAA PROSPECTS PREP FOR POSTSEASON PLAY

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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NCAA
Cal Petersen
(2013, fifth round) made 39 saves Saturday for his first shutout of the year as Notre Dame held off Boston University 1-0. The shutout, the fifth of Petersen’s two-year stay in South Bend, arrived on the heels of a 21-save performance in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Terriers.

The weekend split moves Petersen's record to 19-8-7 with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. Notre Dame finished the regular season as the third seed for the Hockey East Tournament, giving the Fighting Irish a bye next weekend when the action kicks off.

In Friday action, Connor Hurley (2013, second round) controlled a cross-ice pass and got off a quick wrist shot for his sixth goal of the year as Notre Dame fell to Boston University 3-2. The sophomore pivot was crunched along the boards early in Saturday’s 1-0 victory by Terriers’ 2016 draft-eligible Charlie McAvoy and did not return, leaving him with a career-high 16 points in 33 games.

Hudson Fasching scored the game-winning goal in overtime Friday to propel No. 20 Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over Michigan. Fasching, who produced four shots on goal the night before in a 6-2 blowout loss to the Wolverines, galloped into space high in the zone and stepped into a big one-timer to ice the win just 57 seconds into the extra session.

The standout junior has collected team highs of 19 goals, including six game-winners, and 34 points in 31 games for the Gophers, who continue the Big Ten Hockey schedule this weekend at Michigan State.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) returned from an upper-body injury, producing an assist in two-straight games as Providence swept a home-and-home series against Massachusetts with 4-1 and 6-0 decisions. Providence, the second seed for the Hockey East Tournament, will next enjoy a bye week.

Massachusetts defenseman Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) posted a combined minus-1 rating in the weekend losses to Providence. The freshman has gathered eight points (3+5) in 34 games heading into this weekend's Hockey East Tournament opening-round matchup with Boston University.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) notched one assist Friday as Boston College defeated Massachusetts-Lowell 3-1. The freshman forward was unable to get on the score sheet the next night in a 3-1 loss to the River Hawks. Brown ends the regular season schedule with two goals and 10 points in 34 games with the top-seeded Eagles, who earn a bye into the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Tournament.

Jason Kasdorf stopped 23 of 25 shots Friday as RPI was shut out by Colgate 2-0, and followed up with 29 saves Saturday as the Engineers closed the regular season schedule with a 3-3 tie at Cornell. Kasdorf has a 10-11-5 record, a 2.18 GAA and a .933 save percentage entering the ECAC tournament. Sixth-seeded RPI squares off with 11th seed Brown in a best-of-three series beginning Friday.

William Borgen (2015, fourth round) continued his string of excellent defensive performances as St. Cloud State was swept on home ice by Minnesota-Duluth by scores of 4-1 and 2-1. Through 30 NCAA appearances, Borgen has collected 11 assists and a plus-13 rating.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) produced three shots on goal over the weekend as St. Cloud State lost both games of their series with NCHC rival Minnesota-Duluth. Peterson has 21 points (14+7) in 31 contests, but has connected for just two goals in his last 14 games.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) remained out of the lineup with a lower-body injury as Harvard capped the regular season schedule with a 2-1 loss at Clarkson Friday and a 4-1 win at St. Lawrence the following day. Malone, who has compiled seven goals and 13 points in 23 games, is expected to be ready in two weeks when the third-seeded Crimson hosts an ECAC Tournament quarterfinal series.


Sweden
Gustav Possler
(2013, fifth round) netted the game-winning goal Saturday to guide MODO to a 4-2 win over Frolunda HC. Possler, who saw his three-game point streak snapped in Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to Skelleftea AIK and was again empty in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the same SAIK club, has amassed eight goals, 22 points and 94 shots on goal in 48 games this season.

MODO winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) cooled off last week, recording a combined five shots on goal as his team won one if its three contests. Olofsson continues to lead MODO with 13 goals and 25 points with four games left on the schedule.

Goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 21 saves Monday as Almtuna IS dropped a 3-2 decision to HC Vita Hasten 3-2. Johansson returned to the crease Wednesday, allowing five goals on 33 shots in a 5-3 loss to AIK. The 20-year-old finally got back in win column Friday as he was called upon to make just 14 saves in a 3-2 triumph over Sundsvall IF.

Johansson, who earned a rest as Almtuna closed the regular season Sunday with a loss to Mora IK, posted a 24-17 record with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage. The first phase of the Allsvenskan postseason begins Tuesday.


OHL
Peterborough captain Eric Cornel (2014, second round) picked up one assist Thursday in Peterborough’s 7-4 loss to London, and then saw his seven-game point streak snapped Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Subdury. Cornel closed the week Sunday with four shots on goal as the Petes stumbled to their fourth consecutive loss 5-2 to Oshawa. Through 60 games, Cornel has captured 26 goals and 72 points.


WHL
Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) recorded one assist last week as Prince Albert clinched a playoff spot with victories over Swift Current and Regina before falling to Moose Jaw on Saturday. The speedy defender has accumulated 25 points, including a career-high nine goals, in 55 contests for a Raiders squad clinging to second place in the East Division standings with nine games left to play.

Everett defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) registered an assist Wednesday as the Silvertips were edged by Kelowna 6-5. Martin, who on Friday logged an even rating in a 3-2 loss to Kamloops, was injured following a second-period collision in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Seattle. Martin sat out of the Silvertips’ Sunday win over Tri-City, leaving him with six goals and 36 points through 63 outings.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) remained a steady, top defensive pair presence as Kelowna maintained their spot atop the league standings with wins over Everett, Vancouver and Spokane. Stephens has contributed two goals, eight points and a plus-8 rating for the defending league champions.


QMJHL
Moncton winger Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) went without a point last week as the Wildcats won one out of three games. Karabacek has totaled 13 goals and 24 points in 40 games this season, including eight points (5+3) in 17 games since being dealt to Moncton.


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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