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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) showed his dangerous combination of speed and hands Saturday, producing one goal and two assists off the rush as Sudbury ended a 13-game losing streak with a 7-2 win at Niagara. The Wolves’ co-captain began the three-game weekend on Friday with a power play marker in a 4-1 loss to Sarnia. He was held without a point on Sunday in a 7-2 loss at London. The profitable week gives the Ottawa native six points (4+2) in five games since returning from a shoulder injury.



Brendan Lemieux
(2014, second round) was unable to produce Saturday in his return from a two-game suspension as Barrie dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Guelph. He rebounded the following day with his eighth goal of the season in the Colts’ 6-3 loss at Peterborough. With Barrie on a power play, Lemieux camped at the edge of the crease and deflected a Rasmus Andersson wrist shot for the goal. Five of his eight goals this season have come with the man advantage.

Eric Cornel notched a season-high three assists Thursday to help Peterborough to a 4-1 victory over Mississauga. He again showed his vision with a power-play helper on Sunday in the Petes’ 6-3 doubling of Barrie. The four assists boost the crafty forward to a point-per-game pace with 13 (4+9) in as many games.

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) picked up two assists Saturday as Kitchener got past Owen Sound 5-4 in a shootout. The Rangers' leading scorer with nine goals and nine assists, Bailey has collected points in all but one of his 13 appearances this season.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) produced one assist in Gatineau’s 5-4 shootout triumph at Val-d’Or on Sunday. The night before, the second-year import sent four shots on goal in the Olympiques’ 6-5 win at Rouyn-Noranda. Karabacek has 13 points (4+9) in 17 games, but has gone without a goal in his last four.


WHL
Sam Reinhart
(2014, first round) was returned to the Kootenay Ice on Friday, but didn’t play in either of the team’s games over the weekend. Kootenay dropped a 7-3 decision to Red Deer on Friday, and then defeated Lethbridge 6-5 in OT on Saturday. The Ice (4-13-0) return to action this weekend with home games against Edmonton (Friday) and Swift Current (Saturday).

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) was kept off the scoresheet last week as Swift Current shut out Calgary 3-0 and dropped a 2-1 shootout decision at Regina. The steady defender has gathered six assists and an even rating through 18 games for the second-place Broncos.


NCAA
Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) earned back-to-back starts over the weekend as the Fighting Irish opened the Hockey East schedule with one win and one tie against No. 14 Vermont.

The Waterloo Black Hawks product made 34 saves Friday to record his third consecutive victory as Notre Dame edged the Catamounts 3-2. Petersen returned for his third straight start on Saturday, stopping a season-high 42 shots as the teams played to a 2-2 stalemate. Petersen looked to be on his way to his fourth win a row before Vermont connected with the extra attacker in the final minute of regulation.

Freshman center Connor Hurley (2013, second round) saw his three-game point streak snapped in Notre Dame’s Friday win over Vermont. He finished with a plus-one rating the following night in the 2-2 tie. Hurley has collected five points (1+4) in his first seven NCAA contests while centering the team's second line and seeing time on the power play.

Hudson Fasching scored his fourth goal of the year Friday as No. 1 Minnesota suffered their first defeat of the season 4-1 to No. 7 St. Cloud State. After scoring his first three goals on deflections, the sophomore winger came down the right side and sent a wrist shot just inside the far post at 4:18 of the third period for his fifth point in as many games. Fasching was blanked on Saturday as the Gophers rode a Justin Kloos hat trick to a 4-3 overtime triumph of the Huskies.

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) contributed one shot on goal in the weekend split with the Huskies. The senior checker will continue looking for his first point of the year next weekend when the Gophers host Notre Dame for a non-conference set at Mariucci Arena.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) scored his first goal as a collegian Friday as Brown opened regular season play with a 4-2 win at Army. The freshman winger came down the left side and tucked one in at the side of the net just 5:06 into play to give Brown the early 1-0 lead. The Bears are back in action Friday when they host St. Lawrence.

Sophomore defender Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) notched an assist and three shots on goal Saturday as No. 8 Providence earned the weekend split with a 2-1 victory at No. 6 Boston University. Florentino, who logged one shot on goal in a 4-1 loss the night before, is tied for the team lead with four points (0+4) through six games.

Fifth-year senior Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) totaled one shot on goal from his blueline post in Providence’s two-game set against the Terriers. The Friars continue the conference schedule Friday when they begin a home-and-home series with Merrimack.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) moved back to the center position, logging a combined two shots on goal as No. 13 Michigan was swept at Michigan Tech by scores of 4-1 and 6-2. In Saturday’s loss, a frustrated Compher was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct early in the third period. The sophomore forward has yet to score a goal this season, amassing three assists and a minus-four rating through seven games. The Wolverines get a week off before hosting American International for a pair beginning Friday, Nov. 14.

On Saturday, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) recorded one assist for his second collegiate point as No. 7 St. Cloud State fell in overtime 4-3 to No. 1 Minnesota. The freshman forward supplied two shots on goal in Friday’s series opener as the Huskies upset the Gophers with a 4-1 victory. Next up for St. Cloud State is a weekend set with Minnesota Duluth.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) was scratched as Harvard opened their ECAC schedule Saturday with a 3-3 tie at Dartmouth. The Crimson return to the ice Friday at Rensselaer, followed by a game at No. 2 Union on Saturday.


USHL
After earning an assist in Green Bay’s Friday win at Bloomington, Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday as the Gamblers were bested 5-2 by Cedar Rapids. The Boston College commit is tied for the team-lead with seven points in 10 games for the Gamblers, who are off until Friday when they visit Dubuque.


SHL
Victor Olofsson
(2014, seventh round) was a factor last week as MODO won two of three games. The 19-year-old winger notched two assists in a career-high 14:51 of ice time Tuesday as MODO was defeated by Skelleftea AIK 7-3. The double-helper was the first multiple-point game of Olofsson’s SHL career. On Thursday, Olofsson scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as MODO got past Orebro HK 4-3. Olofsson then collected two more assists in MODO’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over HV 71 on Saturday to enter the international break with 12 points (6+6) through his first 18 games.

MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) allowed seven goals on 36 shots in the 7-3 loss to Skeeleftea AIK on Tuesday, but locked it down in his next two starts to enter the break on a two-game winning streak. He made 31 saves Thursday in a 4-3 shootout victory over Orebro HK, and then stopped 39 of 42 shots two days later in a 4-3 triumph over HV 71. With wins in four of his last five starts, Ullmark has clawed his way back to a 5-5 record with a 3.89 GAA and .880 save%.

After seeing his two-game point streak snapped in Tuesday’s loss, MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) played just 4:48 on Thursday after leaving the game with an apparent shoulder injury from a first-period hit. He remained out of the lineup Saturday, leaving him with three goals and eight points in 17 appearances at the break. MODO is off until Thursday, Nov. 13 when they face Djurgardens IF.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) earned his first SHL start of the season, stopping 33 of 38 shots as struggling Brynas IF lost their sixth game in a row 5-2 to Vaxjo Lakers HC. Brynas is back in action Nov. 13 versus Farjestads BK.


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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