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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
Cal Petersen (Photo: Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen continued his excellence Friday, stopping all 38 shots sent his way to pick up his third shutout of the year as Notre Dame skated to a 2-0 triumph over No. 10 Providence. The reigning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, Petersen was active all night, battling through traffic to see pucks and using his quickness to make a handful of show-stopping saves.

Petersen returned to the Fighting Irish crease on Saturday, making another 32 saves as Notre Dame dropped a 3-2 decision to the Friars. A tipped shot from the point beat Petersen at 5:16 of the second period to end the freshman’s shutout streak at 137:53.

The starting netminder in 12 of Notre Dame’s last 15 contests, Petersen has posted an 8-12-2 record with a 2.52 GAA and .913 save%.


Martin

WHL
Brycen Martin
(2014, third round) earned one assist Sunday to extend his point streak to 11 games as Saskatoon got past Kootenay 5-4 in overtime. The top-pair defender collected five points (1+4) in the week’s four games, in which the Blades won two, giving him a total of 20 (4+16) in 16 games since being traded to the Blades. He had previous posted 16 points in 39 games with Swift Current.

Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) scored a power-play goal Wednesday as Kootenay doubled up Medicine Hat 6-3. Reinhart, who logged a minus-three rating in Friday’s 5-1 loss to Moose Jaw, capped the week Sunday with one assist in the overtime loss to Saskatoon. Reinhart has points in 27 of 32 games this season en route to collecting a total of 44 (13+31).


Bailey

OHL
Justin Bailey
(2013, second round) connected for his 31st goal of the year Wednesday and added an assist as Sault Ste. Marie toppled Sarnia 5-2. Bailey registered one assist Friday in a 7-1 win at Saginaw, and then another on Saturday as the Hounds pitched a 5-0 shutout of Plymouth. Bailey has points in three straight games and a total of 63 (31+32) in 51 contests with Kitchener and the Soo. The Greyhounds have won 14 of 16 contests since acquiring Bailey from the Rangers.

Sault Ste. Marie forward Jean Dupuy did not factor as the Greyhounds pushed their winning streak to three games with victories at Saginaw and Plymouth. Through 41 games, the gritty leader has posted career highs in goals (11), points (33) and a plus-29 rating.

After sitting out Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to Guelph due to illness, Erie winger Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) saw his seven-game point streak snapped Friday as the Otters edged Owen Sound 4-3. The speedy winger was blanked Saturday for the second straight night in Erie’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Attack. Baptiste has 20 goals and 41 points this season, including 30 (14+16) in 27 games since being dealt to Erie.

Eric Cornel (2014, second round) went without a point in losses to Kingston and Oshawa, but connected for a pair of assists Saturday as Peterborough was outgunned 7-5 by Belleville. The helpers give Cornel 43 points (13+30) through 51 games with the Petes.


Karabacek

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) struck for a goal and two assists Thursday as Baie-Comeau lost to Moncton 6-5 in a shootout. The season-high three-point night gives him seven multi-point efforts this season. It was his first game with two or more points since December 5. Karabacek returned on Saturday with three shots on goal as Baie-Comeau was trounced 6-1 by Victoriaville, and finished the week with a minus-one rating in a 4-1 loss at Blainville-Boisbriand. The Czech winger has four goals and 10 points in 17 games since his January trade to the Drakkar, and season totals of 15 goals and 28 assists in 48 outings.


Malone

NCAA
Sean Malone
(2013, sixth round) notched one goal and one assist Friday as No. 14 Harvard defeated Colgate 4-1. Malone played another up-tempo game on Saturday, producing three shots on goal in a 3-3 tie with Cornell. The speedy sophomore has collected nine points (4+5) in eight games with the Crimson.

In Friday action, Hudson Fasching notched one assist and a team-high five shots on goal as Minnesota cruised past No. 12 Michigan 6-2. Fasching duplicated the effort on Saturday, producing another one assist and five-shot effort as the Gophers earned the conference sweep with a 2-0 shutout of Michigan. The powerful winger now has 15 points (8+7) in 27 games.

Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) combined for one shot on goal in the wins over Michigan, keeping his season totals at two goals and three assists in 28 contests.

Michigan winger J.T. Compher (2013, second round) came away empty over the weekend as the Wolverines were swept by Minnesota. The sophomore logged a career-low minus-four rating in a 6-2 loss on Friday, and contributed three shots on goal in Saturday’s shutout defeat. The fiery competitor has gone without a point in five consecutive games for his longest dry spell since entering college. He currently ranks 10th in team scoring with 13 points (4+9) in 24 appearances.

Kasdorf

Newly-acquired netminder Jason Kasdorf allowed three goals on 13 shots being getting pulled early in the second period Friday as RPI was defeated by Brown 6-3. Kasdorf got the nod again on Saturday, making 24 saves in a 4-1 loss to Yale. Kasdorf has lost six consecutive starts to slip to 9-15 on the year with a 3.06 GAA and .896 save%.

Connor Hurley (2013, second round) went without a point over the weekend as Notre Dame split a conference set with No. 10 Providence. The freshman center has one assist in his last 11 games, and a total of 12 points (3+9) in 31 collegiate contests.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) recorded a combined four shots on goal as No. 10 Providence went 1-1 in their series with Notre Dame. The sophomore defender has 11 points (2+9) in 29 appearances this season while co-leading the Friars’ defensive corps with a plus-12 rating.

Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) finished the series against Notre Dame with one shot on goal and a plus-one rating. In 23 games with the Friars, the fifth-year senior has three points (1+2) and 12 shots on goal.

Willman

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) was kept off the score sheet as Brown extended their winning streak to three with victories at RPI (6-3) and Union (1-0). Since scoring Brown’s first goal of the season on October 31, Willman has recorded just one assist in his last 23 games.

Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) had two shots on goal Friday in Wisconsin’s 2-1 loss at Ohio State, and sent another two shots on goal Saturday as the Badgers earned their first Big Ten conference victory of the season with a 3-2 triumph over the Buckeyes. The senior co-captain has one assist in his last 11 games.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) was blanked in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth on Friday. Peterson returned the next night with one shot on goal as the Huskies evened the weekend set with a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs. The freshman winger has one point, a goal, in his last 11 games and a total of five (3+2) through his first 28 collegiate contests.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) registered one assist and 12 PIM over the weekend as Green Bay dropped a pair of 3-2 decisions at Fargo. Brown has 30 points at the 40-game mark. The Boston College-commit has collected a team-best 13 goals on the year, but just one in his last 13 games.


Ullmark

Sweden
Linus Ullmark
(2012, sixth round) was magnificent in stopping 37 of 38 shots Tuesday as MODO edged Djurgardens IF 2-1. The 21-year-old remained superb on Thursday, making 35 saves as overmatched MODO fell 3-2 to Vaxjo Lakers HC in a nine-round shootout. Ullmark allowed six goals Saturday, including five in the final 20 minutes as last-place MODO was belted by first-place Skelefftea AIK 6-1.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) went without a point in the week’s three games as MODO won once in three tries. The left-winger has 20 points (9+11) with just eight dates remaining on the regular-season schedule.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored his second goal since being loaned to Timra IK Saturday in a 2-0 win over HC Vita Hästen. In three contests with Timra, Olofsson has two goals and seven shots while enjoying big minutes on the team’s top offensive unit.

Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) has been loaned from Brynas IF to Almtuna IS of HockeyAllsvenskan. On Tuesday, Johansson made 26 saves in a 4-2 victory over Sodertalje SK. He returned to work Saturday, stopping 21 of 23 shots in 3-2 win over Asploven HC. Through four starts with his new club, the 6-foot-4 goaltender has racked up a 2-2 record with a 2.57 GAA and .895 save%.


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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