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Malone has 6-point weekend as NCAA tourneys roll on

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

NCAA

In the ECAC Tournament Quarterfinal, Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) netted a goal and three helpers Friday to lead Harvard to a 6-4 victory over Yale. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Harvard's Sean Malone finds a soft spot with his stick down and gets his 15th goal as part of a four-point night #Sabres pic.twitter.com/DGFMgUuVFj

Malone kept at it Saturday, producing two more assists as the Crimson toppled the Bulldogs 4-3 to advance to Friday's semifinal in Lake Placid, N.Y. to take on Quinnipiac. Malone has 15 goals and 38 points through 31 contests.

In the Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinal, Boston College sophomore Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored a pair of goals Friday as Boston College trounced Vermont 7-0. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Chris Brown gets a pair of goals as Boston College crushes UVM 7-0 in Game 1 of the Hockey East QF series #Sabres pic.twitter.com/UXbbjXh9ve

Brown was unable to produce Saturday as the Eagles eliminated the Catamounts 7-4. Brown has 24 points (9+15) in 32 games.

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) collected two assists in Friday's shutout of Vermont, and was quiet in Saturday's series clinching win. Fitzgerald will look to add to his five goals and 22 points Friday when Boston College battles Boston University in the second Hockey East semifinal.

Elsewhere in Hockey East, Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped all 43 shots sent his way Friday as Notre Dame blanked Providence 5-0. Petersen returned to the crease Saturday, making another 28 saves as the Fighting Irish earned the series sweep with a 5-2 win. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Sure the shooter fumbled, but Cal Petersen played the penalty shot well as part of his 43-save shutout for Notre Dame #Sabres pic.twitter.com/mY8EKSulWs

Petersen is 21-10-5 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .930 save percentage entering Friday's semifinal tilt versus Massachusetts-Lowell.

Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) did not play in Friday's shutout loss to Notre Dame, and finished with two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-2 defeat. Florentino, who scored nine goals and 16 points in 29 games, will hope to continue his collegiate career as the Friars look to earn at at-large bid for the 2017 NCAA Division I Tournament.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) contributed a combined seven shots on goal as St. Cloud State saw their season end with a 5-2 and 6-5 losses at North Dakota. The third-year centerman posted 11 goals and 17 points in 36 games.

Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) served a two-game suspension over the weekend as St. Cloud State saw their schedule conclude with the losses to North Dakota. Borgen's second collegiate season closes with 12 points (2+10) and a plus-4 rating in 33 outings.

Freshman forward Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) did not dress as Penn State suffered a pair of defeats at Michigan. Murray has one assist in 12 games since joining the Nittany Lions for the second semester.


OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) notched one assist Thursday as London hammered Guelph 8-2, and got back in the goal column with his 35th of the year in Friday's 4-1 loss to Erie. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cliff Pu says "how do you do?" by filling the net with his 35th of the year from his usual right side on the power play #Sabres pic.twitter.com/qWJttxM8SX

Pu, who collected another helper Sunday in a 6-2 win over Guelph, ranks eighth in OHL scoring with 82 points in 59 games.

Defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) did not appear in the Mississauga lineup last week. The towering defender has two goals and seven points in 51 games.


WHL

Following a zero-point night in Red Deer's 2-1 loss to Saskatoon on Tuesday, winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) scored twice in Friday's 4-1 victory over Kootenay, and added a single marker the next night in the Rebels' 6-1 win over the ICE. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Brandon Hagel lights the lamp twice for goals #23 and #24 as Red Deer wins at Kootenay #Sabres pic.twitter.com/U3ta4eeURG

Hagel has 25 goals and 59 points through 61 games. 

Lethbridge pivot Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) sandwiched a two-goal effort in Friday's 4-3 loss to Calgary between a pair of quiet outings last week to boost his season totals 32 goals and 82 points in 65 appearances. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Giorgio Estephan moves into 13th place on the WHL points leader board with two more goals for Lethbridge #Sabres pic.twitter.com/qB9ZZMA07j

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) connected with a wrist shot Friday as Kelowna crushed Vancouver 8-1. Stephens, who was unable to point in two other games last week, has career highs of 12 goals and 34 points in 64 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Kelowna D Devante Stephens finds space inside the post and adds to his career-high goal total with his 12th of the year #Sabres pic.twitter.com/mSlFAE5JG8

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) maintained the hot hand Wednesday, snatching a goal and an assist as Prince George came up short 5-4 at Portland. Guhle ran his point streak to three games with weekend wins over Tri-City and Spokane to give him 14 goals and 32 points entering the final week of the regular season.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) was held out of the lineup last week. Budik has one goal and 26 points in 56 contests.


QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) scored his 14th goal of the year Friday as Cape Breton cruised past Moncton 9-4. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Cape Breton forward Vasily Glotov circles high and fires for his 14th of the year #Sabres pic.twitter.com/68P21nl0ud

Glotov was shut out the next night as the Screaming Eagles again defeated the Wildcats 3-2. Glotov has 49 points (14+35) and 120 shots on goal in 61 games.


Sweden

Farjestad BK centerman Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) ended the SHL regular season with one assist in his final two games. Asplund, who was third in junior-aged scorers with 19 points (6+13) in 39 games, logged 12:53 of work Thursday as Farjestad opened their best-of-three Play In series with a 4-1 win over Djurgardens IF.

Djurgardens IF winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) went without a point in two games of limited work last week to finish the regular season with two goals and two assists in 21 games. Possler recorded one shot on goal in the series-opening loss to Farjestad on Thursday.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) notched one assist last week as Frolunda HC capped the SHL regular season with a pair of losses. Olofsson recorded nine goals and 27 points in 51 games with Frolunda, who will begin their post-season series versus Skelleftea AIK on Friday.

In second division postseason play, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 21 saves Monday as Almtuna IS opened with a 1-0 loss to Tingsryds AIF. Johansson got the nod again Wednesday, stopping 29 of 30 shots in a 3-1 victory over Vasterviks IK.  

Johansson was back in net Friday with a 32-save performance in a 2-1 loss to IK Pantern, leaving him 1-2 with 1.37 GAA and .954 save percentage through three postseason starts.

 

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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