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Hurley, Petersen off to good starts with Notre Dame

Hurley has 5-point weekend for Irish, Pu matches for London

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Sophomore forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was a key driver to the Notre Dame offense over the weekend, earning points on five of his team's 13 goals as the Fighting Irish completed the non-conference sweep of visiting Arizona State.

On Friday, Hurley got off to a quick start with a pair of first-period helpers in a 9-2 rout of the Sun Devils.
Hurley kept it going Saturday, scoring a goal just 1:02 into the action to go along with another two assists as Notre Dame skated to a 4-2 victory.

On his first shift of the night, Hurley showed patience on the forehand by finishing off a 2-on-1 break with a five-hole marker to give the Fighting Irish the early lead.

Hurley's ninth and 10th career multiple-point efforts were the first time he posted back-to-back games with two or more points since an October 2014 series versus Niagara.

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round), who is serving as the Irish's captain this season (he's believed to be the first goaltender in Notre Dame history to receive the honor), stopped 10 of 11 shots in two periods of work Friday in the 9-2 win over Arizona State. Petersen played the whole way Saturday, making 23 saves to secure the victory. Petersen, who was one of 20 named to the watch list for the 2017 Mike Richter Award as the most outstanding goalie in NCAA Division I men's hockey, is 2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

 

OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) continued his hot start last week, matching Hurley with five total points while proving solid all-around play as London won once in two tries.

On Friday, Pu scored his second goal of the year, added one assist and won 18 of 22 faceoffs as the Knights got past Peterborough 6-3. Pu scored the Knights' first goal of the game for the second-straight Friday, taking a pass and quickly burying a forehand to the far side with 5:42 remaining in opening frame to cut the Petes' lead to 2-1.

Pu kept it going Sunday, snatching a goal from the right circle and providing two assists for the first three-point game of his OHL career as London fell to Windsor 5-4 in overtime.

One night after finishing with a minus-1 rating in a 4-2 loss to Windsor, Mississauga defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) scored a third-period goal as the Steelheads came back to defeat Flint 3-2 in a shootout.

With his team trailing 2-0, Osmanski kicked off the late rally with less than five minutes to play in regulation time when he accepted a return pass, went to the net and scored with a forehand. Osmanski has one point (0+1) and six shots on goal through his first four games of the season.

 

WHL

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) had a strong third period Wednesday, scoring a short-handed goal and assisting on the game-winner four minutes later to help Red Deer claim a 5-4 victory over Kamloops.

After the Rebels fell behind 3-0 after the opening period, the floodgates opened with the hosts scoring the next five goals. Hagel, who previously missed on two golden opportunities in the contest, finally connected for his marker at 5:36 of the final frame by getting behind the defense and finishing off a break at the side of the cage.

Hagel was shut out in Friday's 6-3 loss to Medicine Hat, and provided one assist Saturday in a 5-0 win over Kelowna. He has three points (1+2) and a minus-4 rating in six outings.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) connected for a pair of assists just 33 seconds apart in the opening frame Friday as Lethbridge won at Spokane 5-3. On Saturday, Estephan picked up another assist and scored a shootout marker as the Hurricanes dropped a 6-5 decision to Tri-City. The crafty pivot has recorded points in each of his three games since returning from Buffalo.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) notched an assist for his first point of the year Friday as Kelowna pitched a 1-0 shutout at Edmonton. Late in the first period, Stephens laid a huge hit and was forced to defend it with his fourth career fighting major. Stephens ended the week with a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-0 loss to Red Deer. 

Defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) went without a point in Wednesday and Thursday losses to Portland and Saskatoon before earning his first point of the season, an assist, in Prince Albert's 4-3 loss to Swift Current on Saturday. 

 

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) extended his season-opening point streak to four games Wednesday, assisting on an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left in regulation as Cape Breton skated to a 5-3 win over visiting Rimouski.

The rookie forward saw the streak snapped on Friday as Cape Breton closed out Charlottetown 5-3. Glotov, who was again blanked in Sunday's 2-1 win over Gatineau, has collected four points (1+3) while winning 42.1 percent of his faceoffs through his first six North American contests.

 

NCAA

Sophomore defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) left with an injury Friday as No. 5 Boston College was stunned by Air Force 2-1 in the first round of the Ice Breaker tournament in Denver. Fitzgerald was held out of the lineup Saturday for precautionary reasons. 

Boston College forward Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) was blanked in Friday's loss, but rebounded with a pair of assists the following night as the Eagles defeated No. 3 Denver 3-1 in the third place game of the 2016 Ice Breaker. The even-strength helpers comprised Brown's third multi-point game since joining the Eagles' program.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) submitted a team-high three shots on goal Friday as Massachusetts blanked Colorado College 3-0. The sophomore defender followed up with an assist the following night as Massachusetts failed to earn the sweep in taking a 7-4 loss to the Tigers. The assist was Chukarov's first point of the season.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) finished with one shot on goal and an even rating as No. 10 Providence edged Miami 4-3. The Friars' defender did not dress in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the RedHawks. 

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) watched from the press box Saturday as No. 12 Harvard opened the year with a 5-2 exhibition victory over Team USA.

 

USHL

Rookie forward Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) was held without a point Friday as Youngstown blanked Madison 2-0, but got back on the scoresheet the following night with one assist as the Phantoms were defeated by the Capitols 3-2. The Penn State-commit has five points (1+4) through his first five USHL appearances. 

Madison defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) went without a point over the weekend as the Capitols split their road set in Youngstown. Nyberg has a power play goal and four shots on goal in four games in a Madison uniform. 

 

Sweden

In Saturday action, Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) assisted on the overtime winner to help Farjestad BK to a 2-1 triumph over Frolunda HC.

Asplund, who had already eclipsed his previous career-best time-on-ice during regulation to finish with 20:21 of work, was in the offensive zone when he gathered a loose puck near the right circle and got it back to the point to create the scoring play just 47 seconds into the extra session.

Frolunda HC winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) recorded one shot on goal in the loss to Farjestad BK. The 20-year-old shooter has one goal in seven contests with the Indians, and recently has been earning more shifts on the second power play unit.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) allowed four goals on 33 shots Wednesday as Almtuna IS dropped a 5-3 decision to Tingsryds AIF. Johansson rebounded Saturday, stopping 25 of 26 shots as Almtuna IS cruised to a 4-1 victory over AIK. Johansson has been excellent in the season's early goings, compiling a 3-4 record, 1.59 GAA and a .938 save percentage to go along with one shutout.

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker's website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).

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