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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) got his offensive game revving last week by collecting five points in three games to help the Barrie Colts to a pair of Ontario Hockey League victories.

Lemieux charged the net for his first goal of the year Friday, the eventual game winner, as the Colts doubled Sarnia 4-2. The next night, Lemieux posted two goals and a career-best four points in a 9-3 pasting of Ottawa. Just like he did for his first of the season, Lemieux scored both of his markers right at the edge of the crease to earn the game's second star. Sabres training camp invitee Joseph Blandisi was the game’s second star with five points (1+4), giving him a league-leading 14 points (7+7) in five games.

WATCH: LEMIEUX SCORES TWICE

Prior to filling up the scoresheet, Lemieux began the week by logging his first fighting major of the season when he took on 6-foot-6, 210-pound defenseman Logan Stanley in Thursday’s overtime loss to Windsor.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Justin Bailey (2013, second round) continued his early-season crusade Friday with two goals and an assist as Kitchener got past London 4-1. Bailey, who followed up with a pretty give-and-go assist in Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Oshawa, has amassed six points (3+3) and a shootout winner in three contests since returning from Buffalo. Going back to the end of 2013-14, the budding power forward has collected nine goals in his last 10 OHL games.

On Thursday, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) picked up his first points of the year with a pair of assists as Peterborough rolled to a 7-3 win over visiting Belleville. Cornel chipped in another helper on a Nick Ritchie (ANA) goal in the Petes’ 3-2 shootout loss at North Bay on Friday.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) gathered four points and a pair of first-star honors last week as Gatineau won twice in three tries.

The Czech winger scored his first two goals of the season Wednesday to power the Olympiques to a 5-3 victory over Blainville-Boisbriand. After logging a minus-one rating in Friday’s loss to Chicoutimi, Karabacek got back on the sheet Sunday with one goal and a helper in the opening 20 minutes as Gatineau edged Baie-Comeau 5-4.

Karabacek has now produced multiple-point efforts in three of his first six regular season games. The quick start arrives on the heels of the 2014 playoffs when Karabacek went for multiple points in four of nine contests.

WHL
Brycen Martin
(2014, third round) got the puck deep for an assist on the overtime winner as Swift Current edged Victoria 2-1. The helper snapped Martin's four-game point drought for the Broncos, who complete a week-long Western Conference road trip on Tuesday in Kelowna.

NCAA
J.T. Compher
(2013, second round) recorded an assist Saturday as No. 7 Michigan opened the non-conference schedule with a 4-3 loss at No. 10 Ferris State. The Wolverines will next play host to the USA Under-18 Team for a Monday exhibition.

Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) scored a goal and Hudson Fasching contributed one assist as No. 1 Minnesota earned a 5-0 exhibition shutout of CIS opponent Northern Alberta. The Gophers next face Minnesota-Duluth on Friday in the opening game of the 2014 Ice Breaker Tournament at Notre Dame.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) notched an assist and three shots on goal as No. 6 St. Cloud State bounced Trinity Western 8-0 in a Saturday exhibition tilt. A 21-year old freshman, Peterson scored 27 goals and 57 points over the last two seasons with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Huskies open the non-conference schedule next weekend when No. 5 Colgate comes to town.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) came on midway through the second period, allowing four goals on 13 shots as Notre Dame opened the season Sunday with a 5-4 exhibition loss to Waterloo (Ont.). Fellow freshman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) did not dress for the Irish due to injury. Notre Dame kicks off the regular season schedule Friday at home versus RPI in the second game of the Ice Breaker Tournament.

USHL
In Saturday action, Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored twice and added an assist for his first Junior A points to help Green Bay to a 4-3 overtime triumph of Chicago. The productive evening earned the Boston College commit the game's number two star.

SHL
Gustav Possler
(2013, fifth round) sent 11 shots at the opposing goal last week but was unable to connect as MODO suffered losses to Brynas IF and the Vaxjo Lakers. The second-year winger has four points (1+3) and a team-high 28 shots on goal through MODO’s first eight games.

Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) stopped 35 of 40 shots Saturday as MODO was blanked by Vaxjo 5-0. Ullmark, who served as backup in Wednesday’s loss to Brynas, finds himself in an early season hole with a 1-4 record, 4.24 GAA and .861 save% through five starts.

MODO winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) received a season-high 14:18 of work in a third-line role in Saturday’s loss. Despite a guarded workload, Olofsson’s three goals in eight games ties for second among MODO skaters.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s web site - 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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