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by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Joel Armia (2011, first round) contributed a goal and an assist Saturday as Assat Pori rolled to a 6-1 SM-Liiga victory over Ilves Tampere. Armia’s mere appearance in the lineup was a positive for Aces fans, after the young forward was forced from Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury and scratched for Friday’s loss to Karpat.

With the score knotted at a goal apiece, Armia streaked down the left side in the opening minute of the third period and started a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play that resulted in a Michael Ryan goal. Nine minutes later, the big-bodied winger dished the puck off and drifted to the edge of the crease for a tip-in tally to extend Assat’s lead to 4-1.

Through 15 games, Armia has collected seven goals and four assists, including three multi-point efforts. The production is an improvement from a season ago, when Armia amassed two goals, seven points, and zero multi-point outings at the 15-game mark.

In Sweden, Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 18 saves Sunday to steer MODO J20 to a 5-2 triumph over Lulea HF. On Saturday, Ullmark stopped 24 of 27 shots in 3-2 loss to Brynas IF for his first blemish since rejoining the J20 following a three-week loan to Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan.


Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) assisted on Logan Shaw’s goal with under five minutes to play to help Quebec to a 3-2 win at Drummondville. Grigorenko, who earlier in the week potted a rebound goal in a loss to Victoriaville, has recorded points in all 12 games this season (10+14) to equal his previous career-long streak set last January.

Daniel Catenacci (Photo: Owen Sound)


Owen Sound centerman Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) collected three assists last week to extend his current point streak to six games. Catenacci chimed in on a pair of even-strength markers Friday in the Attack’s 4-1 win over Ottawa. On Saturday, he zipped a pass across the crease for a power play goal in a loss to Oshawa. Catenacci’s eight assists are tops on the Attack, while his 14 points place him 20th in OHL scoring.

Justin Kea (2012, third round) produced a pair of helpers Saturday in Saginaw’s 8-5 loss to Guelph. The defensive-minded center has a goal and seven points this season while furthering his reputation as one of the league’s top faceoff men.

Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) logged a plus-one rating Thursday as Barrie extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 7-3 throttling of Ottawa. The Colts, who followed up by dropping two straight contests, remain atop the OHL’s Eastern Conference with a 9-3-0-1 record.

Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) was held pointless as the Bulls recorded one win and one defeat in their trip to Northern Ontario. The Bulls won their fourth game in a row Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie, but saw the run come to a halt a night later in Sudbury.


Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) scored his eighth goal of the year Saturday as Prince George lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Spokane. Playing the right point on the power play, Jacobs stepped into a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle to get the Cougars on the board late in the second period. The teams were deadlocked until the Chiefs scored with 24 seconds left in regulation to send the Cougars to a fifth straight defeat.

Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) notched an assist Thursday as the Victoria Royals won their only game of the week by a 3-1 count over Calgary. Nelson has used quick feet and a high energy level to gather points in nine of the Royals’ 12 games this season.

Saskatoon goaltender Andrey Makarov stopped 26 shots Wednesday as the Blades edged Tri-City 3-2 in overtime for their first home-ice victory of the year. The Blades, who completed the weekend with two road losses, rank last in the WHL with a minus-18 goal differential through 14 games played.

Christian Isackson (Photo: University of Minn.)


Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) recorded one assist over the weekend as top-ranked Minnesota split a pair of WCHA contests at Michigan Tech. The sophomore forward has totaled four points (1+3) through four games while skating on the Gophers’ top line. Minnesota will play a Friday exhibition contest against the U.S. Under-18 team before welcoming Canisius to Mariucci Arena on Sunday.

In non-conference action, Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) was again paired with fellow junior Alex Velischek (PIT) as the Friars skated to a tie and an overtime loss at Miami (Ohio). Providence returns home for a Friday-Saturday set with Hockey East rival Maine.


Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) was kept off the scoresheet Friday as Cedar Rapids staved off a late push from Indiana to secure a 4-3 victory. Buffalo Jr. Sabres product Andrew Poturalski scored the game-winning goal for the RoughRiders in his first-ever USHL game.

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s web site - 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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