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Shawinigan's Vasily Glotov heats up with 1st hat trick of QMJHL career

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

It was inevitable that Shawinigan Cataractes overage forward Vasily Glotov (2016, seventh round) was going to start heating up in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

That moment took place last week as Glotov scored five goals in the week's three road games, including his first-ever QMJHL hat trick in a Sunday win at Moncton.

 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Shawinigan's Vasily Glotov connects for his first-ever QMJHL hat trick in a Sunday win at Moncton. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/3cGcPDL0Xc

Glotov finished off a give-and-go Thursday for his third goal of the year as Shawinigan earned a 7-6 overtime decision at Cape Breton.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Shawinigan's Vasily Glotov gains the zone, gives, gets it back for the finish in Thursday's 7-6 win at Cape Breton #Sabres pic.twitter.com/C6UnJVYY9p

Glotov was at it again on Saturday, picking a short-side corner from the left circle in the Cataractes' 4-2 loss at Charlottetown.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Vasily Glotov goes high short side for his fourth goal of the year in Shawinigan's Saturday loss at Charlottetown #Sabres pic.twitter.com/Ldd2pnU1SU

The momentum carried over into Sunday's matchup with Moncton, with Glotov earning the game's first star with his three-goal afternoon in a 7-4 victory over the Wildcats. 

The first and third of Glotov's goals came via wrist shots from high between the circles, while his second, the game-winner, came on a one-timer at the edge of the crease. 

The big week boosts the affable Russian's offensive totals to seven goals and 11 points in 13 games.


OHL

Cliff Pu (2016, third round) connected for a pair of assists as London ended their eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at Kitchener. Pu was unable to produce in Sunday's 5-2 win at Mississauga, leaving him with one goal and six points through 10 games heading into the week of October.

In Thursday action, defenseman Austin Osmanski (2016, seventh round) picked up one assist to extend his point streak to three games in Peterborough's 5-1 win at Windsor. 

Osmanski's streak came to an end in Saturday's 7-3 loss at Flint, but he got back on track with another helper as the Petes closed the week with a 3-2 defeat at Saginaw on Sunday.

Osmanski has six points (1+5) in 12 games this season, including a goal and four assists in seven games since Peterborough acquired him from Mississauga.


WHL

Red Deer winger Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) recorded an assist Friday in the Rebels' 4-2 win over Calgary, and he extended his point streak to four games by picking up another helper in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Prince George.

Hagel has 14 points (3+11) in 11 games, but has gone without a goal in his last nine outings.

Prince Albert defenseman Vojtech Budik (2016, fifth round) recorded an assist for the second straight game Tuesday as the Raiders lost in overtime 5-4 to Vancouver. Budik, who put seven shots on net in a 4-3 overtime victory over Saskatoon on Saturday, has collected four points (1+3) and 32 shots on goal through 11 contests.


NCAA

Casey Mittelstadt (2017, first round) threaded a short pass for an assist and produced a team-high four shots on goal Friday as Minnesota edged North Dakota 2-1. 

Tweet from @SabresProspects: A nice little feed from Casey Mittelstadt finds Rem Pitlick in stride for the goal in the Gophers' Friday win at North Dakota #Sabres pic.twitter.com/zKKwyUOhzA

Mittelstadt was kept out the lineup for Saturday's rematch with an undisclosed injury, leaving the freshman with four points (2+2) through his first five collegiate contests.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored his first goal of the year Friday as Boston College was defeated by St. Cloud State 5-2. Brown recorded two shots on the goal Saturday as the Eagles again lost to the Huskies 3-1.

Boston College defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) notched one assist Friday and five shots on goal Saturday as the Eagles were swept by St. Cloud State. Fitzgerald's Friday helper gives him four points in five games this season and keeps him tied for the team scoring lead.

Sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson (2017, fourth round) picked up a pair of assists Friday, including one on the overtime winner, as Providence got past St. Lawrence 6-5. 

Bryson, who recorded one shot on goal the next night as the Friars were blanked 4-0 by Clarkson, has a team-best four helpers through five contests, tying him for second among team point-getters.

Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) recorded one shot on goal Friday as Wisconsin dropped a 5-1 decision at Northern Michigan.

The next night, Weissbach scored his third goal of the year as the Badgers earned the weekend split with a 4-0 victory over the Wildcats. The freshman winger has three goals and five points in his first seven collegiate contests.

St. Cloud State defenseman William Borgen (2015, fourth round) recorded two assists Friday for the fourth multi-point effort of his NCAA career in a 5-2 win over Boston College, and logged a plus-1 rating the next night as the Huskies earned the non-conference sweep with a 3-1 win.

St. Cloud State senior forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) netted one assist in the Huskies' sweep of Boston College. Peterson is still looking for his first goal of the season but leads the club with five helpers through five games.

In Thursday action, Brett Murray (2016, fourth round) notched his first point of the year, an assist, as Penn State defeated American International 7-5. Murray, who the next night went without a point in the Nittany Lions' 3-2 overtime loss t American International, has one point (0+1) through six games.

Connecticut defenseman Philip Nyberg (2016, fifth round) has yet to return to the lineup after suffering a lower-body injury in the team's first game of the season at Maine.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) has yet to suit up for Massachusetts as he continues his returnfrom an offseason injury.

Brown University winger Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) will kick off the season Friday at Yale. 


Europe

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) had a nice week, scoring a pair of game-winning goals as Frolunda HC won all three of their Swedish Hockey League contests. 

Olofsson made a nice play Tuesday, breaking into the zone and passing the puck to a trailer before scooping up the rebound of a blocked shot and burying the game-winner with 5:24 left in regulation to thrust the Indians to a 3-2 win over Orebro HK. Olofsson also had an assist in the victory.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Victor Olofsson breaks in/keeps control, sets up teammate, picks up scraps of blocked shot, slings home his third goal of the year #Sabres pic.twitter.com/L0kmDV3xuu

Olofsson recorded two shots on goal in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over Mora IK, but got back in the goal column Saturday by scoring the backhand game-winner in overtime to secure Frolunda a 3-2 triumph over Skelleftea AIK.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Victor Olofsson knows what do with extra space. Today he found room in the middle, lofted lucky backhand bankshot for the OT winner #Sabres pic.twitter.com/BbenmMlMUZ

Olofsson has four goals and six points in 11 games with averaging a career-best 16:46 of work per outing.

Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) posted a combined six shots on goal last week as Farjestad BK won just once in three tries. After getting off to a hot start with six points in his first six games, Asplund has not gotten on the score sheet in his last six outings.

Marcus Davidsson (2017, second round) set up a goal for the third-straight game Tuesday as Djurgarden IF lost to Linkoping 3-2, and then saw the career-best three-game point streak halted Thursday as Djurgarden fell to Karlskrona 2-1.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: Marcus Davidsson hits the zone as the third forward, gets the puck, gives it back for the assist. Three-game point streak. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/5jH40vKRdj

Davidsson has three assists and a plus-2 rating in nine games while averaging 10:27 time on ice per effort.

In Finland second division action, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (2017, second round) made 18 saves as LeKi downed Espoo United 4-1. The win improves Luukkonen to 6-2 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

In the Finnish junior ranks, defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (2017, third round) posted seven shot attempts in 22:16 of work Saturday as Ilves U20 lost to KalPa 5-2, and retuned the next day with one assist in a 5-4 win over TPS.

Laaksonen has played 19 games, picking up one goal and seven assists while serving on Ilves U20's top defensive pair.


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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