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Weissbach records 4 points over the weekend for Wisconsin

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

University of Wisconsin freshman Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) compiled four points over the weekend to help the Badgers earned a win and tie with conference rival Michigan and capture key points in the Big Ten Hockey standings.

After netting a pair of assists in a 7-3 shellacking of Michigan on Friday, Weissbach connected for the second two-goal game of the season Saturday as the Badgers played to a 4-4 tie with the Wolverines. 

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With the Badgers trailing 2-1, Weissbach snapped a five-game goal drought with a quick, high shot from the right face-off circle to knot the game at 10:51 of the middle frame.

Less than four minutes later, Wiessbach went to the net, stripped the puck from a defenseman who has collected a rebound, and deposited his second goal of the night to give the Badgers the 3-2 lead.

Weissbach now has five goals this season, which ranks third-most among the Badgers, and 10 total points in 13 games. Weissbach's markers have come with a 25 percent shooting percentage, good for second-best on the team.


OHL

As mentioned in this space last week, London Knights forward Cliff Pu (2016, third round) has taken his game up a level after a slow start. 

Pu competed for Team OHL Monday in a 4-2 win in Game 4 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series, and got right back on track Tuesday with a pair of assists in a 4-2 loss to Kitchener.

On Thursday, Pu posted his first four-point night of the year with a goal and three helpers to fuel a 7-4 win over Guelph.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: We've seen this before: Cliff Pu picks a pocket and pots the puck on the penalty kill #Sabres #D��j��Pu pic.twitter.com/y4J2CTA6Af

Pu bagged a goal and two helpers Friday as London got past Saginaw 4-3 in overtime, and completed the week Sunday with a pair of deflection goals plus one assist in a 4-0 triumph over Windsor to give him 15 points in his last five games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: #Sabres Cliff Pu tips two for goals as part of a three-point night in London's Sunday win over Windsor. pic.twitter.com/gmtEA4OikH

Pu has points in seven-straight games, including multiple points in his last five. Through 21 total games, Pu has nine goals and 27 points.

Defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) collected one assist last week as Peterborough hit a skid with three losses to Hamilton, Osahawa, and Kitchener.

Osmanski has 10 points (1+9) in 23 games, tying his previous career high set in 2015-16.


WHL

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) notched one assist in the week's four games as Red Deer wrapped up a Western Conference road trip before making it home for Saturday's 3-1 loss to Kootenay.

Hagel has 21 points (6+15) in 23 games, but has connected for just one assist in his last eight contests.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) finished minus-3 Friday as Prince Albert lost at Tri-City 4-1, and followed up with a minus-2 rating effort Saturday as the Raiders completed their six-game road trip with a 7-0 loss at Spokane. 

Budik, who has been charged to be a stay-at-home defensive presence, has five points (1+4) and 57 shots on goal in 22 games.


QMJHL

Shawinigan forward Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) was unable to get anything going last week in losses to Quebec and Acadie-Bathurst. 

Glotov has 14 points (9+5) this season, but has just one in his last six games.


NCAA

Casey Mittelstadt (2017, first round) saw his five-game point streak snapped last weekend, but he got back on track Friday with a beautiful goal plus an assist as Minnesota defeated Harvard 4-2.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Not bad pic.twitter.com/frveRvUGGX

Mittelstadt picked up an assist Saturday as the Gophers completed the non-conference sweep with a 2-1 overtime win. 

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Mittlestadt currently ranks third in team scoring with 12 points (4+8) in 13 games while co-leading the squad with 35 shots on goal.

On Friday, Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) picked up one assist to extend his point streak to five games as Boston College defeated New Hampshire 3-2.

Fitzgerald posted a season-high seven shots on goal in the Eagles' 4-1 win at Northeastern on Friday, leaving the third-year defender with nine points (3+6) in 13 games, which is tied for third in team scoring.

Boston College forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) posted a team-high five shots on goal in the Friday victory over New Hampshire, and closed the weekend with one assist in the win over Northeastern.

Through 14 appearances, Brown is right behind Fitzgerald on the Eagles' leaderboard with eight points (4+4).

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) produced four shots on goal Friday as Brown was blanked at Quinnipiac 5-0, and went without a point for the second straight game in Saturday's 3-0 win against Princeton.
 
A senior forward skating on the Bears' top offensive line, Willman has a goal and three assists in seven contests.

Jacob Bryson (2017, fourth round) connected on a wrist shot Friday for his first goal of the year as Providence and Merrimack ended in a 6-6 tie. 

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Bryson, who began the weekend with an even rating in a 2-1 win over the Warriors, and has nine points, including a team-best eight helpers, through 12 games.

William Borgen (2015, fourth round) scored his first goal of the year Friday, the game-winner, and added one assist as St. Cloud State rolled past Colorado College 6-1.

Borgen logged a plus-2 rating Saturday as St. Cloud State swept Colorado College with a 5-1 victory. 

Through 11 games, Borgen has eight points (1+7).

Senior forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) picked up one assist as St. Cloud State opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Colorado College. 

Peterson produced his eighth and ninth points of the year the next night, collecting an empty-net goal plus an assist in the Huskies' 5-1 win over the Tigers.

Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) recorded his third assist of the season Friday in Penn State's 7-0 shutout of Arizona State, and kept it going the next night by potting his first-ever collegiate goal into an empty net as the Nittany Lions earned the weekend sweep with a 4-2 win.

Murray has four points in his first dozen games.

After being scratched for the third-straight game in Friday's 5-2 loss to Massachusetts Lowell, Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) finished minus-1 with one shot on goal as Connecticut fell to the River Hawks 1-0 on Saturday. 

Nyberg has yet to get his two-way game clicking since his return from injury, totaling one assist through six games. 

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) and UMass had the weekend off. He has five shots and a plus-1 rating in three games since returning from an offseason injury.


Europe

Färjestad BK forward Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) head-manned the puck for a helper in Thursday's 6-5 loss to Skelleftea AIK. 

On Saturday, Asplund earned an assist for the second consecutive game as Färjestad BK doubled Rögle BK 4-2. 

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Through 20 games, Asplund has captured 11 points (3+8) while averaging 17:06 of work per game.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) returned from a two-game absence following a hip procedure to score his eighth goal of the year as Frölunda HC downed Örebro HK 3-1. Olofsson's fourth game-winner of the year boosts him to 13 points in 17 games.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Victor Olofsson didn't need to pound a one-timer to get his eighth of the year. pic.twitter.com/yU4MEjS5Yr

More impressive is the fact that Olofsson already has eight goals in 17 games after scoring nine in 51 contests a season ago.

On Thursday, Marcus Davidsson (2017, second round) connected for as pair of assists and a shootout marker as Djurgarden IF came up short 4-3 to Vaxjo Lakers HC.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Marcus Davidsson gets the first of two helpers yesterday as Djurg��rden fell to V��xj�� 4-3 in a shootout. Davidsson also had a shootout goal. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/YIfatXoA1o

Davidsson was unable to point Saturday as Djurgarden IF couldn't get anything going in a 1-0 loss to Karlskrona HK. 

Davidsson has seven points (1+6) and 13 shots on goal in 17 games.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (2017, second round) stopped 39 of 40 shots Saturday in LeKi's 3-1 win over SaPKo. The victory moves the 18-year-old to 7-5 on the year with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

Defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (2017, third round) logged workloads of 23:19, 22:09 and 25:43 last week as Ilves U20 extended their losing streak to six consecutive contests.

Laaksonen has one goal and seven assists in 25 games, while earning over 20 minutes of work in all 25 appearances.


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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