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Estephan records 4-point night as playoffs continue

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) had a huge night Saturday, completing the hat trick with an empty-net goal and adding one assist to guide Lethbridge to a 7-4 victory over Medicine Hat in Game 2 of the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Giorgio Estephan gets the hat trick as part of a four-point night; now leads WHL playoff scorers with 13 points (5+8) #Sabres pic.twitter.com/Sfz5s9Ytxq

The productive outing arrived on the heels of Lethbridge's disappointing 4-0 shutout loss to the Tigers in Game 1 on Friday, in which Estephan was on the ice for three of the four Tiger tallies.

Earlier in the week, Estephan was a catalyst to the Hurricanes advancing to the conference semifinal, as the Edmonton native produced a goal and two helpers in Tuesday's 6-2 Game 7 triumph to knock out Red Deer.

Estephan is currently tied with teammate Tyler Wong for the WHL playoff scoring lead with 13 points (5+8) in seven appearances. 


Sweden

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) continued to step up his production in the playoffs, netting a goal and an assist in the third period Tuesday as Frolunda HC evened their SHL semifinal series at one game apiece with a 6-1 thrashing of Brynas IF.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Victor Olofsson strokes another one-timer for a goal as Fr��lunda pounds Bryn��s 6-1 to even the SHL semifinal at a game apiece #Sabres pic.twitter.com/vxn3IR6b9C

Olofsson maintained the hot hand Thursday, netting three assists while earning 17:39 of ice time in Frolunda's 6-3 victory in Game 3.

Frolunda dropped Game 4 to Brynas by a 4-3 score on Saturday, with Olofsson recording one shot on goal in the loss.

The teams will break the 2-2 series deadlock when Game 5 takes place Monday.


WHL

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) produced a plus-1 rating Friday as Kelowna opened the second round with a 4-2 home-ice doubling of Portland.

The Rockets kept their foot on the gas pedal Saturday with a 5-2 victory in Game 2, with Stephens logging a minus-2 rating in the win.

A steady defensive presence this season with a newly-found dash of offense, Stephens has picked up four assists through his first eight playoff tilts.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) saw his junior hockey career come to an end Monday as Prince George was eliminated by Portland in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round series by a 4-2 score. Guhle finished the 2016 playoffs with six assists and a plus-2 rating. 

Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) scored his seventh goal of the playoffs Tuesday as the Rebels fell to the Lethbridge 6-2 in Game 7 of their opening round series. Hagel ends the postseason with eight points (7+1) in seven games.


QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) was kept off the score sheet Monday as Cape Breton fell to Gatineau 5-1 to set up a Tuesday Game 7 in their first round series.

Glotov assisted on the game winning goal in overtime of Game 7 as the Screaming Eagles closed out the Olympiques with a 5-4 triumph.

Cape Breton quickly reset for Thursday's Game 1 versus Charlottetown, with Glotov contributing four shots on goal as the Screaming Eagles opened the second round with a 4-1 loss to the Islanders.

Glotov would again go without a point Friday as Cape Breton slipped into a 2-0 series hole with a 5-3 loss to Charlottetown in Game 2.

Through nine playoff games, Glotov has amassed four assists and 20 shots on goal.

The Screaming Eagles will look to halve the series deficit Tuesday when the series shifts back to Cape Breton for Game 3.


OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) notched one assist Tuesday as London held on for a 3-2 victory to eliminate Windsor in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference series.

Pu and the Knights received one day of rest and began their second round series with Erie on Thursday. He went without a point as the Knights blanked the Otters 2-0 take the early series advantage.

Pu earned an assist in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Otters in Game 2, leaving him with five points (1+4) through his first nine playoff contests.

The Knights and Otters continue the series Tuesday evening in London.

Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) logged an even rating Friday as the Steelheads opened the second round of the playoffs with a 3-2 loss to Oshawa. 

Osmanski finished with a plus-1 rating Sunday as Mississauga evened the series with a 7-3 win over the Generals.

The East Aurora, N.Y. product has recorded 13 shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in eight postseason contests heading into Tuesday's Game 3.

 

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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