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PROSPECTS' SEASONS WINDING DOWN

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored a pair of goals and logged a plus-3 rating Friday as MODO was defeated by Leksands IF 4-3 in overtime in Game Seven of the SHL Qualification series.

At 4:58 of the middle frame, Olofsson took a cross-ice feed from the right point and wristed a bullet from the left circle for his first of the game. With two minutes remaining in the period, Olofsson finished off a 2-on-1 rush from the right side to put MODO ahead 3-1 entering the final stanza.

Leksands struck twice in the final period, including the equalizer with 58 seconds left, before former Nebraska-Omaha standout Brock Montpetit ended it at 5:52 of overtime. The loss relegates MODO to the second-tier Allsvenskan league for the first time since 1989-90.

Olofsson began the week with an assist in Monday’s 7-1 win in Game 5. The 20-year-old sniper then logged a plus-3 Wednesday in a 5-4 loss prior to getting back to his scoring ways in Friday’s season-ending defeat.

Olofsson, who concluded the series with six goals and eight points in the seven games, later announced that he had signed a two-year contract with perennial SHL powerhouse Frolunda HC starting next season.

MODO forward Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) picked up one assist Wednesday in the 7-1 win over Leksands IF. He was held out of the scoring in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss in Game 4, and supplied four shots on goal Friday as MODO’s season came to end end.

Possler provided one goal and two assists through the seven-game affair.


WHL
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) knocked in a backhand from the doorstep Tuesday for his first-ever playoff goal as Lethbridge dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Regina in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

After logging a minus-2 rating in the Hurricanes’ 2-0 loss to the Pats on Wednesday, Estephan broke down the left side and scored his second goal of the series Friday as Lethbridge was eliminated from the playoffs with a 7-2 loss. Estephan, who also netted an assist in the series-clinching defeat, finishes the postseason with four points (2+2) in five games.

In Monday action, defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) snagged a pair of assists to help Prince Albert to a 7-3 thrashing of Moose Jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Guhle finished with a minus-2 rating Tuesday in a 7-0 loss to the Warriors, and then logged an even rating Friday as the Raiders were bounced from the playoffs with a 5-0 shutout defeat. Guhle recorded three assists and plus-1 rating as the Raiders dropped the series four games to one.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) scored the game-winning goal Tuesday as Everett defeated Portland 5-3 in the third game of their Western Conference Quarterfinal. At 15:44 of the second period, Martin slipped a wrist shot through traffic from the left point that beat Adin Hill on the short side for his first goal of the playoffs.

Martin was unable to get on the scoresheet the following night as the Silvertips eliminated the Winterhawks with a 4-2 victory to sweep the series.

Martin produced one goal, one assist and a plus-3 rating in the four games. Everett moves on to face Seattle in the second round.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) accumulated a combined plus-1 rating in the week’s four games as the Rockets and Kamloops alternated victories to create a Monday evening Game 7. The stay-at-home defender has yet to record a point in the series for the Rockets, who look to leverage the home-ice advantage when the puck drops in the deciding game.

UPDATE - The Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League announced on Monday that Estephan has been signed to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) and Guhle has been assigned to the team from Prince Albert.


OHL
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) connected for a pair of assists Tuesday as Peterborough earned a wild 7-6 overtime victory over North Bay in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Cornel was shut out in Thursday’s 2-0 loss, and was again blanked Friday as the Petes dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Battalion in Game 6.

The Peterborough captain finally got in the goal column Sunday, crossing center ice and potting an empty-netter with 1:26 to play as the Petes forced a Tuesday Game 7 with a 7-5 victory over the Battalion.

Cornel has five points (1+4) and a plus-3 rating through the first six games of the series.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) provided five shots on goal Tuesday as Moncton cruised to a 5-2 win over Victoriaville in Game 4 of the Pre-Quarterfinal series.

On Friday, the Czech winger entered one shot on goal as the Wildcats advanced to the second round with a 5-1 decision over Victoriaville. The Wildcats closed out the pre-quarterfinal series over the Tigres 4-1. Karabacek has two goals and an assist in five playoff contests.


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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