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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Sean Malone

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) made an immediate impact in his return to the Harvard lineup over the weekend, picking up two goals and two assists as the No. 8 Crimson extended their winning streak to six games with a pair of ECAC Hockey victories.

After missing Harvard’s first 10 games due to an undisclosed injury, Malone debuted on Friday with a goal and two helpers to lead a 4-3 triumph over Princeton. After earning an assist on a second period tally, Malone scored to put the Crimson up 3-2 at 1:35 of the third period and then made a nice play to set up the game-winner five minutes later. The three-point night tied his career high set on January 14, 2014 in a 7-4 victory over Boston University.

The following night, Malone buried the game-winning goal at 19:59 of the middle frame as Harvard skated into the holiday break with a 5-2 victory over No. 15 Quinnipiac. With the Crimson working the power play, the sophomore centerman gathered an incoming point shot and finished with a backhand for his second power play tally in as many games to give his team a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.

Harvard (9-2-1) has been one of college hockey’s surprise clubs in the first half of the season, and they look to be all the more potent with Malone back down the middle.


OHL
Brendan Lemieux
(2014, second round) recorded five goals last week to guide the Barrie Colts to three consecutive victories. After getting to the doorstep for a tally in Thursday’s win over Mississauga, Lemieux posted back-to-back two-goal efforts over the weekend as the Colts claimed victories over Peterborough and Ottawa. The fiery winger has connected for 19 goals in 24 games this season, including five in his last three to vault into seventh on the OHL scoring leaderboard.

Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) scored his first two goals in an Otters uniform Wednesday to earn the game’s first star as Erie defeated Owen Sound 4-3. Baptiste, who was blanked in weekend losses to Belleville and Oshawa, has two goals and an assist in six games since joining the Otters, and a total of 14 points (8+6) in 18 OHL contests this season.

Jean Dupuy recorded the first two-goal game of his OHL career Sunday as Sault Ste. Marie dropped a 7-6 shootout decision to Sarnia. The overage winger has supplied the first-place Greyhounds with more than just leadership this season, posting eight goals and a career-high 23 points in his first 24 games.

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) was unable to get a point as Kitchener dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with Owen Sound. Bailey has one goal and a minus-10 rating in his last seven games for the slumping Rangers, but he remains the team’s leading scorer with 30 points (15+15) in 26 games.

A night after his team was clubbed 6-0 by league-leading Oshawa, Peterborough’s Eric Cornel (2014, second round) contributed a pair of assists in the Petes’ 5-3 loss to Guelph on Friday. Cornel served a one-game suspension on Saturday to finish the week with 25 points (8+17) through 26 games.


WHL

Reinhart

Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) amassed two goals and two assists last week to extend his point streak to 14 games since his return from Buffalo. The ICE captain cashed the game-winning goal on the power play in Friday’s 2-1 win over Spokane. Reinhart wasted no time producing in Saturday’s rematch with the Chiefs, picking up a goal and an assist on his first two shifts as the ICE held on for a 3-2 victory. Reinhart closed the three-game weekend on Sunday with a shorthanded helper in a 5-4 loss at Tri City, leaving him with eight goals and 27 points in his first month of WHL duty while guiding the surging ICE to an 11-3 record.

Swift Current defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) scored his first goal of the year Saturday as the Broncos were bested 6-4 by Brandon. Martin's marker ups his season total to 13 points in 31 games.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) earned a pair of third-period assists Friday as Gatineau was doubled 6-3 by Chicoutimi. The skilled winger added another helper on Saturday as the Olympiques came up short in a 3-2 loss to Baie-Comeau. Karabacek, who on Wednesday saw his four-game goal streak snapped in a loss to Quebec, has points in nine of his last dozen games to boost his total to 23 (10+13) on the year.


NCAA
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 14 saves Saturday to earn his second shutout of the season as Notre Dame earned the Hockey East sweep with a 4-0 victory at Massachusetts. The freshman netminder improved to 4-5-1 with a 2.66 GAA and .910 save%.

On Friday, Connor Hurley (2013, second round) scored his third goal of the year and assisted on the game-winner as Notre Dame roared back with five third-period markers to stun Massachusetts 7-5. Hurley put Notre Dame up 1-0 at 10:26 of the opening frame when he raced down the left side and finished a Jake Evans feed. The sophomore was unable to get on the scoresheet in Saturday’s blanking of the Minutemen, leaving him with three goals and eight points through 17 contests.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) won a faceoff for a secondary assist Friday as Michigan trounced rival Ohio State 8-3. The helper gives Compher 11 points (3+8) through 14 games, slightly off the point-per-game pace he posted a season ago at the same juncture.

Hudson Fasching extended his point drought to six games Saturday as No. 3 Minnesota closed the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 3-3 tie at Michigan State. Fasching, who finished with a plus-one rating in Friday’s 5-0 shutout of the Spartans, has seven points (5+2) in 14 games.

Minnesota’s Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) contributed three shots on goal in the two games with Michigan State. The fourth-year forward has appeared in all 14 games for the Gophers, collecting one assist and 11 shots on goal. Minnesota is off until Friday, January 2 when they open the 24th Annual Mariucci Classic versus Merrimack.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) logged a plus-three rating Tuesday as Providence earned a 5-1 victory at Northeastern. On Saturday, the sophomore defender contributed three shots on goal as the Friars were edged 2-1 by the Huskies.

Providence rearguard Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) netted a plus-two rating in the set with Northeastern. The Friars next host Colgate for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) posted three shots on goal Friday as Brown was hammered 7-1 by Union. Willman was scratched on Saturday as Brown earned their third win of the year with a 4-2 doubling of RPI. The freshman winger has registered two points (1+1) in 10 appearances for the Bears, who are off until Friday, January 2 when they square off with Boston College at the Dartmouth Ledyard Bank Tournament.

Senior co-captain Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) recorded one assist over the weekend as Wisconsin was swept by Penn State by scores of 5-2 and 4-2. The Badgers close out the 2014 calendar on Friday when they host an exhibition with Team USA Under-18.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) scored his ninth goal of the year Saturday as Green Bay was defeated 5-2 by Madison. Brown, who was kept off the scoresheet in Friday’s loss to Bloomington, has points in 11 of his last 13 games, including goals in four of his last five.


SHL

Olofsson

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored his ninth goal of the year Saturday as MODO was defeated by Orebro HK 5-2. With MODO down 4-1 in the third period, Adrian Kempe (LAK) spun a puck at the net that was quickly scooped up by Olofsson and lifted high over Julius Hudacek's shoulder. Olofsson's nine goals place second in team-scoring, while his 16 points are second-most among all U20 players in the SHL.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) recorded his first two-goal game of the year Thursday as MODO dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Farjestads BK. He redirected an Olofsson point shot for his first, and converted a seeing-eye wrist shot through traffic for his second. The scoring line winger followed up with a team-high four shots on goal in 18:43 of action in MODO’s 5-2 loss to Orebro HK on Saturday. Possler is right behind Olofsson on the MODO scoring list with eight goals and 14 points through 26 games.

Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) earned his 19th start for MODO on Saturday, allowing four goals on 30 shots in the loss to Orebro HK. Ullmark is 7-11 on the year with a 3.46 GAA and .900 save% with two games left to play before the holiday break.

Goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) did not see any last week. The 19-year-old has gotten into just two SHL contests thus far this season.


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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