As teams prepare for the home stretch of the 2014-15 season, it’s time to gauge the progress of the Buffalo Sabres goaltending prospects developing at home and abroad.
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) turned in a masterful 37-save performance Friday as Notre Dame gave up a late goal to take a 3-2 loss at Northeastern. The goal, which came off a two-on-one rush with 1:30 remaining in regulation, did nothing to sour an excellent 60-minute effort from the freshman goaltender. The following night, Petersen stopped 22 of 26 shots as the Fighting Irish were swept by the Huskies 4-2.
Petersen, who has taken control of Notre Dame’s goaltending duties with nods in eight of their last nine games, has amassed a 6-10-2 record with a 2.68 GAA, .904 save% and two shutouts in his first 17 collegiate starts.
Meanwhile in Sweden, the duo of Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) and Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) logged solid performances with one emerging clear from the injury bug and the other remaining nagged.
Johansson continued working with Brynas IF J20, posting back-to-back 34-save outings in a 7-4 win over Timra IK J20 and a 4-0 loss to Malmo Redhawks IF. On Sunday, Johansson allowed two goals in the first five minutes, but again finished with 34 saves while stopping all three shootout attempts in a 5-4 victory over Frolunda HC J20. Johansson has gone 3-1 with a 3.12 GAA and .912 save% in four starts since returning from a month-long injury that forced him to miss the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The reigning Honken Trophy winner as the Swedish Hockey League’s Best Goaltender, Ullmark returned to action Thursday for the first time since Jan. 3, stopping 30 of 32 shots as MODO earned a 3-2 overtime win over Djurgarden IF. The luster from the sparkling performance quickly wore off as Ullmark, who had missed the previous five games with a groin injury, did not make the weekend trip to Jonkoping after suffering a setback in Friday's practice. Ullmark’s status should be available early in the week as MODO prepares for Wednesday’s visit to Frolunda HC.
After notching a pair of helpers in Thursday’s 4-3 victory over Barrie, Justin Bailey (2013, second round) erupted for two goals and two assists Friday to earn the game's first star as Sault Ste. Marie claimed a 7-5 triumph at Mississauga. Bailey was blanked in Sunday’s win at Guelph, leaving him with 29 goals and 54 points entering the final week of January. The Greyhounds have won all eight games since acquiring Bailey from Kitchener.
Jean Dupuy posted a three-point week as Sault Ste. Marie earned three straight road victories. The hard-nosed forward was held off the scoresheet in Thursday’s win at Barrie, but rung up an empty-net goal and an assist on Friday to help the Greyhounds past the Steelheads. On Sunday, Dupuy scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period as the Hounds earned a 6-5 shootout victory at Guelph. Dupuy's marker, his 11th of the year, elevates his career-high point total to 32 in 38 games.
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) scored his 10th goal of the year Thursday as Peterborough was defeated by Oshawa 5-2. The redirection marker was Cornel's first in six games and second in his last 17 outings. Cornel kept at it on Sunday, assisting on the game-winner with 5:34 left in regulation as the Petes snapped a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Belleville. Cornel has points in three straight games for a total of 33 through 42 outings.
Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) assisted on a Connor McDavid marker Friday as Erie earned a 3-2 come-from-behind win at Guelph. The speedy winger amped it up on Sunday, collecting a goal and two assists as the Otters defeated Owen Sound 7-3. Baptiste has posted seven multi-point efforts in his first 20 games with Erie, boosting his season totals to 16 goals and 34 points.
Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) added an empty-net goal to his stack last week as Barrie won once in three tries. After ripping off 15 goals in an 11-game stretch, Lemieux has scored just twice in his next eight contests. Through 40 games, Lemieux remains as league leaders with 31 goals (5th), 18 PP goals (1st) and 106 PIM (2nd).
Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) didn’t light the lamp last week, but he did rack up six assists to help the Kootenay ICE to four consecutive victories. Reinhart has produced 10 goals and 29 assists in 24 games this season, including points in eight straight games. The ICE have 23 games remaining on the regular season schedule, and currently sit fourth in the Central Division with a record of 26-22-0-1 (53 pts.)
Brycen Martin (2014, third round) notched one assist Sunday as Saskatoon extended their winning streak to five with a 3-0 shutout of Prince Albert. The night before, Martin earned the first fighting major of his junior career as the Blades skated to a 6-1 victory over Moose Jaw. In the game's 34th minute, Martin stepped up and dropped the gloves with Warriors’ tough customer Jaimen Yakubowski. A week ago, Yakubowski left his feet for a big hit on Reinhart in a game versus Kootenay.
Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) finished with a plus-two rating Friday in a 7-3 win at Massachusetts-Lowell, and then scored off a power play one-timer on Saturday as the Friars earned the conference sweep with a 4-1 victory. The weekend output gives the sophomore defender two goals, nine points and a team-best plus-15 rating through 24 games.
Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) finished with one shot on goal and a minus-one rating in the home-and-home set with Massachusetts-Lowell. The fifth-year senior returned to action after missing the previous seven games due to injury.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) struck for his third goal of the season Saturday as St. Cloud State coughed up a two-goal lead in the third-period to take a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan. With 1:44 remaining in the opening frame, Peterson took a pass from the boards and got a quick shot off from the left face-off circle to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The freshman forward, who failed to register in the Huskies’ 7-0 thrashing of the Broncos on Friday, has three goals and five points in 24 collegiate games.
Freshman center Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was unable to contribute as Notre Dame dropped a pair of key conference decisions at Northeastern. Hurley has now been blanked in five straight games, leaving him with 11 points (3+8) through 25 games.
Hudson Fasching contributed two shots on goal Friday as No. 17 Minnesota was outgunned by No. 1 Minnesota State 4-2 at the North Star College Cup. Fasching led all Gophers forwards with four shots on goal as Minnesota closed the weekend with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in Saturday’s third place game. After scoring five goals in his first eight games, Fasching has produced just one in his next 13.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) resumed his role as a fourth-line center for the Gophers in the weekend losses to Minnesota State and Minnesota-Duluth. In 22 games, Isackson has three points (1+2) and a plus-two rating.
J.T. Compher (2013, second round) notched a power play assist Friday as No. 16 Michigan bested Wisconsin 7-4. The sophomore center had four shots on goal Saturday as the Wolverines pasted the Badgers 6-0. Compher, who began the season with a 10-game goal drought, has collected 13 points (4+9) at the 20-game mark.
Wisconsin senior winger Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) closed the weekend with three shots on goal and a minus-three rating as the Badgers were swept by Michigan. Through 20 games, the senior co-captain has one goal and three helpers.
Max Willman logged a cumulative minus-three rating as Brown dropped a pair of ECAC road battles at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The 19-year-old freshman has two points (1+1) this season for a struggling Bears squad that has won just four of their 18 games.
Sean Malone remained out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury as Harvard lost 3-2 at Cornell before trouncing Colgate 6-1 the following night. Malone has played in just three of the Crimson's 18 games this season, producing two goals, five points and 10 shots on goal.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) produced one assist over the weekend as Green Bay suffered a pair of home losses to Sioux City. Brown remains the Gamblers' leader with 12 goals, but has yet to score in eight games of 2015. The Gamblers have lost all eight of those contests.
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) recorded two assists including one on the game-winner in MODO’s Thursday victory over Djurgarden IF, and was then blanked in 15:54 of work as MODO dropped a 1-0 overtime decision at HV 71 on Saturday. Possler has appeared in 37 games, producing nine goals, 19 points and 92 shots on goal.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was dispatched to MODO’s J20 squad Saturday, scoring a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Orebro HK J20. On Sunday, Olofsson recorded three shots on goal in a 3-0 loss to Farjestads BK J20. Olofsson entered the junior ranks after scoring 10 goals in 35 games for MODO’s SHL entry.
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