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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Hudson Fasching (Getty Images)

Hudson Fasching added a spectacular goal to his resume Saturday as the Minnesota Golden Gophers throttled Ohio State 6-2 to sweep the Big Ten conference series.

At 7:01 of the opening frame, Fasching brought the fans out of their seats when he carried the puck from the corner behind the Buckeyes' net, quickly reversed while protecting it, and arced to the front for the forehand finish. The play showcased most of what Fasching does best with his size and reach beneath the goal line, crisp stops and starts, and instincts to get to the net front area.

WATCH: FASCHING'S GOAL vs. OHIO STATE

The marker was Fasching's eighth of the year and third in 10 games since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has 13 points and a plus-seven rating through 25 contests.


NCAA
In Tuesday action, Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) scored an even-strength marker as No. 6 Harvard suffered a 4-3 double overtime loss to No. 3 Boston University at the 2015 Beanpot. Malone was shut out on Friday in a 3-0 loss to No. 15 Yale before completing the week with one assist Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Brown. Malone has seven points in six games with the Crimson, who have now lost four straight.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 33 saves Saturday to backstop Notre Dame to a 5-1 victory at Maine. The victory improved the freshman’s record to 7-11-2 with a 2.63 GAA and a .906 save%. Petersen, who stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief duty in Friday’s 4-4 tie with the Bears, has started 11 of the last 15 contests for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) snapped an eight-game cold spell with an assist in Saturday’s win at Maine. The 19-year-old freshman has collected three goals and 12 points through his first 29 collegiate contests.

J.T. Compher (2013, second round) went without a point for the third straight game Saturday as No. 14 Michigan defeated Michigan State 4-1 under the lights of Soldier Field at the Hockey City Classic. Compher has four goals and 13 points through 22 games. At the 22-game mark a season ago, the hard-working forward posted nine goals and 21 points.

Defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) logged a minus-two rating Wednesday as No. 13 Providence played to a 2-2 tie with Connecticut. The sophomore defender produced two shots on goal Saturday as the Friars pounded the Huskies 10-1. Florentino has 11 points (2+9) in 27 games while leading all Friars rearguards with a plus-12 rating.

Fifth-year defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) scored his second career NCAA goal Saturday and added an assist for his first-ever multiple point game as Providence throttled Connecticut 10-1. Adams, who finished with a plus-one rating in Wednesday’s tie, has three points (1+2) while appearing in 21 games for the Friars.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) contributed two shots on goal Fridayas Brown dropped a 6-3 decision to Dartmouth. The freshman winger registered another two shots Saturday as the Bears snapped a seven-game winless skid with a 2-1 win over Harvard. Willman has one goal and one assist 22 games this season.

Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) produced one assist Friday as Minnesota doubled Ohio State 4-2. The helper gave Isackson points in two consecutive games for the first time since March of 2013. The senior forward was unable to get on the scoresheet in Saturday’s victory, leaving him with five points (2+3) in 26 games.

Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) combined for four shots on goal and a minus-two rating over the weekend as Wisconsin was swept in their Big Ten set with Penn State. Through 24 games, the senior co-captain has collected five points (1+4) and a minus-15 rating.


WHL
Brycen Martin
notched one assist Sunday to extend his point streak to seven games as Saskatoon dropped a 5-2 decision to Calgary. Martin, who collected a pair of helpers in Saturday’s loss to Swift Current, has been excellent since the trade to Saskatoon, amassing 15 points (3+12) in his first dozen games with the Blades.

Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) registered one assist Friday as Kootenay was defeated 5-3 by Eastern Conference front-runner Brandon. The following night, Reinhart logged a minus-one rating as Kootenay was toppled by the Wheat Kings for the second straight night, 4-1. Reinhart has captured 12 goals, 42 points and a plus-nine rating in 29 games with the ICE. The Saturday blanking was just the fourth time this season that Reinhart skated away without a point.


OHL
Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) scored a power-play goal Saturday to extend his point streak to seven games as Erie skated to a 4-2 triumph over London. The night before, Baptiste provided his team’s only goal with the man advantage as Erie was hammered 6-1 on home ice by Sault Ste. Marie. The speedy winger is catching fire with the Otters, scoring goals in five of his last six games to elevate him to 30 points (14+16) in 25 games since being traded to Erie.

Peterborough forward Eric Cornel (2014, second round) scored his 13th goal of the season and assisted on an empty-netter Saturday as the Petes earned a 6-3 victory over Windsor. Cornel has upped his production of late, snatching four goals and 11 points in his last nine games as the Petes look to take a run at the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in OHL career Thursday and added one assist as Sault Ste. Marie was outgunned 8-6 by Niagara. Bailey came up empty in Friday’s 6-1 throttling of Erie and again on Sunday in a 5-1 loss at Kitchener. The big winger has 59 points in 48 games between Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie.

Jean Dupuy did not play in the week’s three game due to injury. The 20-year-old forward has posted career highs this season of 11 goals and 33 points in 39 games.


QMJHL
After being limited to one shot on goal on Wednesday in a 3-2 win over Blainville-Boisbriand, winger Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) scored his 14th goal of the year Friday as the Drakkar got past Drummondville 3-1. On Sunday, Karabacek earned one assist to give him points in back-to-back games for the second time since being dealt to Baie-Comeau, leaving the second-year man with 32 points in 45 games this season.


USHL
Christopher Brown
ended a nine-game goal drought Friday with his team-leading 13thof the year and added one assist to help Green Bay to a 5-4 victory over Omaha. The Boston College commit was blanked the following night, recording two shots on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Lancers. Brown remains the Gamblers' leader with 29 points through 38 contests.


Sweden
With the Swedish Hockey League on an international break to begin February, the Sabres’ four overseas prospects received rest time in preparation for the final month of regular season play.

Following an international break to start the month of February, MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) will look to close the year strong beginning with Tuesday’s visit to Djurgardens IF. Ullmark has posted nine wins for the SHL’s last-place squad, amassing a 3.12 GAA and .907 save% along the way.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) will resume action as MODO’s second-leading point-getter with 20 (9+11) through 38 contests. A season ago, Possler connected for 15 points (8+7) in 22 games in an injury-shortened campaign.

It is expected that Brynas IF goaltender Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) will continue to spend the majority of his time with the J20 team as the season winds down. Johansson has logged a 3-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and .912 save% with the junior squad. He has appeared in just two games this season at the SHL level.

MODO winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was loaned to Timra IK of second tier HockeyAllsvenskan last week, and produced immediate results with a penalty shot goal Tuesday in a 4-2 win over Vasteras HK. Prior to the loan, Olofsson produced 10 goals and 18 points in 37 appearances with MODO’s SHL entry.


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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