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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
(Kootenay Ice)

Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) scored his 10th goal of the year Saturday to become Kootenay's all-time regular season points leader as the ICE were defeated 3-2 at Saskatoon. In 223 career games with the WHL franchise, Reinhart has collected 111 goals and 176 assists, overtaking Jarrett Stoll's previous record of 286 points.

Reinhart was having himself a decent week prior to setting the mark, scoring a late goal from the slot in Wednesday’s loss at Moose Jaw and piling up three helpers in a victory at Prince Albert on Friday. The World Junior hero has posted 33 points through 20 games this season.

In other WHL action, Brycen Martin (2014, third round) produced a pair of assists Friday as Saskatoon posted a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Medicine Hat. Martin, who was quiet in the Blades 3-2 win over Kootenay on Saturday, has produced 20 points (3+17) in 43 games this season, including four in his first four outings with the Blades.


OHL
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) notched a hat trick Wednesday in his Sault Ste. Marie home debut as the Greyhounds smoked Saginaw 12-5. The three-goal effort was Bailey's third of the season and fourth of his OHL career. Bailey would go without a point in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Guelph, leaving the Williamsville, N.Y. native with 48 points through 40 games. His 27 goals are tied for eighth among OHL scorers.

On Saturday, Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) pounded a one-timer for the game-winning goal as Barrie blanked Mississauga 3-0. Lemieux's 30th of the year – and 17th on the power play – snapped a season-high three-game goalless streak. Lemieux hit the 30-goal mark in his 36th game, making him the quickest to the benchmark since Mikhail Grigorenko did it in 33 games in 2012-13. Lemieux closed the week on Sunday with his third fighting major of the year as the Colts lost to league-leading Oshawa 1-0.

Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) was kept of the score sheet Friday as Erie defeated Kingston 7-4. On Saturday, Baptiste left midway through the second period after taking a dangerous high stick up around his eyes as Erie got past North Bay 6-5 in overtime. Baptiste, who entered the week with points in nine of his previous 10 games, has collected 15 goals and 30 points this season.

After going without a point in losses to Owen Sound and Ottawa, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) notched an assist and his second fighting major of the season Sunday as the Petes fell to Ottawa 5-1. Cornel has one goal in 16 games since Dec. 1 and a season total of 31 points (9+22) through 40 contests.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) left during the first period of Baie-Comeau’s tilt with Victoriaville with a lower body injury and remained out of the lineup for the next two games. Karabacek has 28 points (12+16) this season, including three in six games since being traded to the Drakkar.


NCAA
Hudson Fasching snapped a nine-game goal drought Friday with his sixth of the year as Minnesota surrendered a pair of late markers to end in a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin.

The sophomore winger put the Gophers ahead 2-0 in the third period when he went to the net and had a shot deflect off his glove for the goal. The budding power forward was unable to connect on his five shots on Saturday as the Gophers closed the series with a 5-2 triumph. Next up for Minnesota is a Friday tilt with Minnesota State at the North Star Cup.

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) went pointless in Friday’s tie with Wisconsin, but returned on Saturday to score his first goal of the year and sixth as a collegian as the Gophers downed the Badgers 5-2. Isackson, who rounded out the effort with a season-high five shots on goal, has three points in 20 games this season.

Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) contributed four shots on goal over the weekend as Wisconsin skated to a tie and a loss to conference rival Minnesota. The senior co-captain has one goal and three assists in 18 games heading into the Badgers’ weekend series with Michigan.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) was unable to get in on the scoring Friday as Michigan dominated Ohio State 10-6. Compher has gathered four goals and 12 points in 18 games for the Wolverines, who continue conference play next weekend at Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) recorded one assist as Providence was defeated at New Hampshire 2-1. The sophomore defender has collected half of his eight points in the Friars’ last six games. Providence squares off with Massachusetts-Lowell in a home-and-home series beginning Friday.

Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) missed his seventh straight game as the Friars lost to the Wildcats. In 16 games, Adams has recorded one assist and a plus-two rating.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) earned back-to-back starts for Notre Dame in their home-and-home set with Connecticut, making 17 saves in a 3-3 tie on Friday and stopping 28 of 30 shots in a 6-1 road victory on Sunday. Through 15 starts, the freshman netminder has a 6-8-2 record, a 2.56 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. The Fighting Irish continue the Hockey East schedule Friday at Northeastern.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) produced a season-high four shots on goal Friday in the 3-3 tie with Connecticut. Hurley, who was blanked Sunday as the Fighting Irish rolled, has three goals and eight points in 23 contests while winning 55 per cent of his face-offs.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) did not factor as St. Cloud State dropped 3-1 and 4-1 decisions at Denver. The freshman forward has four points (2+2) in his first 22 NCAA games. The Huskies next head home for a weekend set with Western Michigan.

Brown freshman Max Willman (2014, fifth round) continued to fill in as a defenseman as the Bears were swept by Yale in a home-and-home series. Willman, who has played the last six games as a left-side defender, will look to snap a 12-game point drought on Friday when Brown visits Clarkson.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) missed both weekend games due to injury as Harvard doubled Clarkson 6-3 and lost to St. Lawrence 5-1 for just their third defeat of the year. Malone has appeared in three games for Harvard, notching two goals, five points and 10 shots on goal. The Crimson will look to get back in the win column Friday at Cornell.


USHL
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) earned one assist last as Green Bay dropped a pair of games to Cedar Rapids to extend their slide to six straight losses. The Boston College commit continues to lead the Gamblers with 12 goals despite failing to connect in his last seven games.


SHL
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) returned to action Wednesday, stopping 33 of 35 shots to guide Brynas IF J20 to a 3-2 shootout victory over AIK J20. Johansson last played Dec. 9 when he left a SHL contest midway through the second period with an injury that ultimately forced him out of the 2015 World Junior Championship.

MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) notched one assist Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Leksands IF 4-3. Possler has collected 17 points (9+8) in 35 games for the league’s last-place club.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was shut out in the week’s two games as MODO’s losing streak hit nine games. Olofsson has matched Possler’s nine goals and 17 points this season while doing it in one fewer game.

Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) remained out of the lineup while nursing a groin injury. Ullmark has seven wins in 22 appearances while posting a 3.24 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.


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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