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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 33 shots Friday as Notre Dame fell to Boston College 2-0, but he returned in grand fashion Saturday with a career-high 55 saves as the Fighting Irish completed the conference schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Eagles. The stellar performance capped an excellent February that saw Petersen named Hockey East’s Goaltender of the Month with a 4-2-1 record, .962 save%, 1.48 GAA and one shutout.

Over the last four weeks, Petersen was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week twice (Feb. 9/16), Player of the Week (Feb. 23) and Rookie of the Week (March 2). It's the first time a player has won all three awards in a regular season since 2010-11 and the first time it's been in consecutive weeks. Petersen will look to continue his excellence when fifth-seeded Notre Dame opens the playoffs on Friday versus 12th-place Massachusetts.


Compher

NCAA
J.T. Compher
(2013, second round) potted his first career hat trick Saturday as Michigan earned the Big Ten conference sweep with a 5-2 triumph over Wisconsin. Compher connected for a pair of pretty power-play markers in the second and third periods, his first two goals of the season with the man advantage, before sealing the victory with an empty-net tally with 1:19 remaining on the clock.

Compher’s productive night had been brewing for the past few weeks, as his tenacious playmaking style consistently shined for the Wolverines despite the lack of results on the scoresheet. On Friday, Compher snapped a career-long nine-game goal drought with an empty-netter as Michigan opened the weekend with a 3-0 shutout of the Badgers. With some weight off his shoulders, the sophomore’s confidence came through in a big way on Saturday.

Compher has eight goals and 18 points in 28 games this season for Michigan, who sits atop the Big Ten standings with four games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Freshman forward Connor Hurley (2013, second round) contributed three shots on goal to the Notre Dame attack in the weekend split with Boston College. After scoring 11 points in his first 20 collegiate contests, the third-line centerman has posted just one assist in his last 15 games.

On Thursday, Minnesota winger Hudson Fasching scored his ninth goal of the year on the power play as Minnesota downed Michigan State 5-3. Fasching won a battle in front and jammed the puck over the line to make it a 3-3 game at 7:11 of the middle frame. Fasching went on to record a pair of helpers Friday as the Gophers suffered a 4-2 loss to the Spartans, leaving the power forward with points in six of his last seven games, and a total of 19 (9+10) for the year.

Minnesota forward Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) did not factor into the scoring in the series with Michigan State. The senior has three goals and six points in 32 games played.

Florentino

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) logged three shots on goal over the weekend as Providence swept Maine with a pair of 5-2 decisions. The sophomore defender has 11 points (2+9) this season, but has gone without a point in eight straight games. The Friars finished tied for second place in the Hockey East standings. After enjoying a bye week, they’ll begin the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.

Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) compiled a plus-one rating and two shots on goal in Providence’s season-ending sweep of Maine. The fifth-year senior has one goal and three points in 27 games.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) notched one goal and one assist Friday as Harvard dropped a 5-2 decision to Quinnipiac. Malone kept the production going on Saturday with an assist and a team-high five shots on goal in a 5-0 blanking of Princeton. Malone has 13 points (6+7) in as many games for the Crimson, who finished sixth in the ECAC standings. He’ll take a three-game point streak into next weekend's first-round playoff series with Brown.

Max Willman (2014, fifth round) produced a combined four shots on goal over the weekend as Brown closed the ECAC regular season schedule with a 3-3 tie with Cornell on Friday and a 4-2 loss to Colgate the following day. The freshman winger has three points (1+2) in 28 games, and hasn't lit the lamp since opening night.

Jason Kasdorf allowed three goals on 39 shots Friday as RPI and Clarkson skated to a 3-3 tie. With the playoffs on the horizon and Kasdorf starting the previous 16 games for the Engineers, Buffalo-area product Scott Diebold manned the RPI cage Saturday and made 34 saves in a 4-3 victory over St. Lawrence. RPI visits Clarkson next weekend for the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) registered one assist Saturday as St. Cloud State came up short 3-1 against North Dakota. Peterson, who missed the Huskies' previous two tilts, has six points (3+3) in 30 games entering next weekend's season-ending series with Denver.

Senior captain Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) earned one assist over the weekend as Wisconsin dropped a pair of conference games to Michigan. Navin has one goal and six points in 30 games this season.


Reinhart

WHL
Kootenay captain Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) rang up two goals and six assists in the week’s four games. After netting three helpers Tuesday in a 7-6 shootout loss to Swift Current, Reinhart supplied a goal and an assist the next night to earn the game’s first star in a 5-4 shootout win at Regina. The nifty playmaker added a power-play marker in Friday’s 3-2 shootout win at Brandon, and picked up two more assists on Saturday as Kootenay was beaten by Brandon 6-4. Reinhart, who enters March with an eight-game point streak, has collected 57 points (17+40) in 39 appearances with the ICE.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) went without a point in the week’s four games as Saskatoon remained dead last in the WHL standings. The lefthanded defender has enjoyed a resurgence since his trade to the Blades, earning top-pair minutes while compiling five goals and 21 points in 23 games. Martin has amassed 37 points (7+30) with nine games left to play, equaling his 72-game total from a season ago.


Baptiste

OHL
Erie Otters winger Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) maintained the hot hand last week with eight points in three games. The speedster kicked off the week Wednesday with a goal and three helpers in an 8-4 pasting of Guelph. Baptiste would add one assist in a 5-4 loss at Owen Sound on Friday before extending his point streak to six games with two goals and a helper the following night in a 6-1 throttling of the Attack. The three-point effort, which included two power play markers, gives Baptiste 26 goals and 28 assists in 45 contests. He has 15 goals with the man advantage.

Jean Dupuy stepped up with a goal and two assists Friday as Sault Ste. Marie earned a 5-3 win over Windsor. Dupuy's three-point night was his second such effort of the season. On Sunday, Dupuy scored his 15th goal and 41st point of the year with seven seconds left on the clock as the Greyhounds closed out an 8-3 shellacking of London. The grinding forward is one of 11 Sault Ste. Marie skaters with at least 15 goals and 40 points.

Eric Cornel (2014, second round) saw his five-game point streak snapped Thursday as Peterborough defeated Sudbury 4-3. Cornel finished with a plus-two rating in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Kingston, and ended the week again without a point in a 4-1 loss to Oshawa on Sunday. The top-line forward has 47 points (13+34) this season, but has connected for just one goal in his last 14 games.

Justin Bailey (2013, second round) will be out of the Sault Ste. Marie lineup for the next couple of weeks as he recovers from a hairline ankle fracture. Prior to the injury, Bailey had amassed 34 goals and 67 points in 55 games.


QMJHL
After being blanked in Friday’s 4-2 doubling of Halifax, Baie-Comeau winger Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) picked up one assist Sunday in a 6-3 loss to Cape Breton. Karabacek has 38 points (16+22) this season, but has seen his production take a dip with five goals and 13 points in 22 games since his January trade to the Drakkar.


USHL
Christopher Brown
(2014, sixth round) made his Tri-City debut Friday, earning one assist as the Storm defeated Sioux City 4-3 in overtime. Brown added another assist on Saturday in a 5-1 victory over the Musketeers. The Boston College commit, who was sent to Tri-City on Monday as the key piece in a trade with Green Bay, has points in three straight to boost his season total to 34 (13+21).


Johansson

SWE
Jonas Johansson
(2014, third round) won all three of his starts last week as Almtuna IS made a late surge for the final Allsvenskan playoff spot, but came up short on the wrong side of a tiebreaker. Johansson made 17 saves in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Mora IK, and returned with a sparkling 29-save effort Thursday to key a 2-1 decision over Timra IK. On Saturday, the big netminder stopped 19 of 22 shots as Almtuna finished the year with a 5-3 victory over Rogle BK. Johansson finished the year with four consecutive victories to post a 6-3 record with a 2.58 GAA and .896 save% in his brief stint with Almtuna.

Top line winger Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) was blanked in the week’s three games as Timra IK wrapped up their 2014-15 campaign. Olofsson posted two shots on goal Saturday as Timra IK got past IK Oskarshamn 4-3 in overtime, but despite the win, the Red Eagles fell three points short of the final Allsvenskan playoff spot.

After flu-like symptoms forced him out of Tuesday’s loss to HV 71, MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) came on in relief Thursday to stop eight of 10 shots in 6-1 blowout loss to Frolunda HC. Ullmark, who served as backup on Saturday in another loss to Farjestads BK, has compiled a 3.16 GAA and a .904 save% through 33 appearances with the SHL's last place club.

Gustav Possler came up empty as MODO ended February with three straight losses. Possler has produced nine goals and 20 points in 45 games, but has failed to score in his last 13 contests. MODO closes their disappointing SHL season with a pair of games in the coming week.


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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