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Estephan, Pu prep for Game 7s on Tuesday

Stephens' and Osmanski's junior clubs advance

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) added five more points to his playoff resume last week as Lethbridge couldn't close out their playoff series with Medicine Hat, and thus will play a seventh and deciding game Tuesday on the road with the winner advancing to the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final.

On Tuesday, Estephan scored twice and added a helper to power the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory in Game 3. 

With Lethbridge trailing 2-1, Estephan snapped a shot from the right circle to tie the game at 13:23 of the middle frame.

At 11:28 of the third period, Estephan picked up his second goal of the night when he pounced on a loose puck and quickly spun and fired to make it a 4-2 game.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Red-hot Giorgio Estephan scores a pair of goals Tuesday as Lethbridge takes a 2-1 series lead vs Medicine Hat #Sabres

Estephan kept up his production in Wednesday's Game 4, taking a knock down low but holding his ground in the slot to bury his eighth goal of the playoffs as the Hurricanes were defeated by the Tigers 3-2 in overtime.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Giorgio Estephan takes a knock, holds his ground and gets his eighth of the playoffs #Sabres

Lethbridge took the 3-2 series lead Friday by toppling the Tigers by a 5-4 score. Estephan picked up a power-play assist in the win to extend his playoff point streak to four games. 

In Sunday's Game 6, Estephan was around the net often but was unable to capture a point as the Hurricanes fell on home ice 5-2.

Estephan currently ranks third in WHL playoff scoring with 18 points (8+10) through 11 games. 

Elsewhere in the WHL, Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a minus-1 rating Tuesday as Kelowna was doubled by Portland 4-2 in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

It was all Kelowna the rest of the way, though, with Stephens notching assists in each of his next two games as the Rockets eliminated the Winterhawks with 7-2 and 6-2 victories on Wednesday and Friday to set up a Western Conference Final matchup versus Seattle.

Stephens has six assists in 11 postseason contests heading into the matchup with the Thunderbirds, which begins Friday in Seattle.


Cliff Pu (2016, third round) and the London Knights will play a Game 7 for the second consecutive series following an exciting 2-1 overtime victory Sunday in which Pu failed to record a shot on goal and won just three of his 13 faceoffs.

The teams alternated victories last week, with the Otters winning 3-1 Tuesday in London before the Knights evened the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win on Thursday.  

Erie took Game 5 with a 6-3 win Saturday night in Erie, but the Knights clawed back with the thrilling overtime victory Sunday on home ice.

The Knights' leading scorer during the regular season, Pu has one assist in the series and five points (1+4) through 13 playoff contests heading into Tuesday's Game 7 in Erie.

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) and the Mississauga Steelheads advanced to their first-ever Eastern Conference Final last week after disposing of the Oshawa Generals in five games. The Steelheads will square off with Peterborough in a best-of-seven tilt beginning Friday.

After going without a point Tuesday in a 7-4 win over the Generals, Osmanski got an early trip to the showers Thursday for a checking to the head major penalty early in the third period of the Steelheads' 4-3 victory in Game 4.

Osmanski returned to work Saturday, logging an even rating as Mississauga closed out the series with a 3-1 triumph in Game 5.

Osmanski is plus-2 with 14 shots on goal through his first 11 playoff games.


Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles concluded their season after being swept by Charlottetown via a 4-3 overtime loss Wednesday and a 5-2 defeat the following night.  

Glotov, who failed to record a point in the second round series, completes his first North American postseason with four assists in 11 games.


Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) went low between for the circles, took a pass and found the back of the net Monday for the game-winning goal as Frolunda HC blanked Brynas IF 4-0 in Game 5 of the SHL semifinal.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Victor Olofsson goes where he needs to be, puts the pack in the back of the net for the Monday GWG #Sabres

Frolunda had a chance to close out the series Wednesday in Game 6, but were instead blown out by a 6-0 score to set up a deciding Game 7 on Friday. Olofsson recorded three shots on goal in the loss.

Olofsson saw his season come to an end Friday, posting a season-high six shots on goal while earning 18:07 of work as Frolunda dropped a 3-1 decision on home ice in the seventh and final game of the series.

After scoring nine goals and 27 points in 51 regular season contests, Olofsson took his game to the next level in the playoffs with 12 points (4+8) and 30 shots on goal in 14 games.


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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