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Petersen extends start streak to 80 games for Irish

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) was his usual consistent self over the weekend, earning victories in his 79th and 80th-consecutive starts as the Fighting Irish swept a key Hockey East set at the University of Maine. 

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Florentino nets 1st-career hat trick for Providence

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Providence senior defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) made quite a statement Saturday, scoring three goals, including the game-winner, for his first-ever NCAA hat trick to lead the Friars to a 5-3 victory over visiting Maine.

Just like all of his other tallies this season, Florentino's trio of markers came from range as he used his ability to get his shot through from the point and make a difference to catapult the Friars to their seventh consecutive win in Hockey East play. 

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Malone, Petersen named Hobey Baker nominees

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

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Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) blocked a shot and took it all the way down the ice for his 11th goal of the year Saturday as Harvard earned a 3-1 triumph at Colgate.

Tweet from @SabresProspects: WATCH: Harvard's Sean Malone blocks a shot, takes it the other way and goes high blocker for his 11th of the year #Sabres pic.twitter.com/Wtur6NWdLk

Malone, who the night before produced two shots on goal in a 4-1 victory at Cornell, has 23 points, a plus-8 rating and 74 shots on goal in 21 contests.

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) scored for the second-straight game Friday as Brown was tripped up by Yale 4-3. Willman provided four shots on goal the next night as the Bears were swept by the Bulldogs with a 4-1 loss. Willman has produced nine goals, 19 points and a team-high 69 shots on goal for the struggling Bears.

Boston College sophomore Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) went to the net and buried a feed for his seventh goal of the year Saturday to help Boston College get past Notre Dame 6-4. Brown has 22 points and a plus-17 rating in 28 games.

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Hagel records 6-point night for Red Deer

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Brandon Hagel (2016, sixth round) produced a rare feat Saturday, earning a point on all six Red Deer Rebels goals in a 6-2 Western Hockey League triumph over the Victoria Royals.

Hagel's six-point outburst, which equated to two power-play goals and four assists, is the most in a single game for a Sabres prospect since Gatineau Olympiques forward Paul Byron scored four goals and seven points on January 4, 2009 in a 10-2 win over Drummondville.

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Estephan collects 6 points in 4 games for Lethbridge

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Lethbridge Hurricanes centerman Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) gathered six points in the week's four games to continue his effective two-way play for the surging Western Hockey League club.

Estephan kicked off the week Wednesday, registering two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in the Hurricanes' 7-4 toppling of Edmonton.

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Malone, Willman have big weeks for collegiate teams

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

It was a big weekend for the Sabres' Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference prospects as Harvard's Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) and Brown University forward Max Willman (2014, fifth round) supplied strong efforts for their respective squads.

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Fitzgerald, Team USA capture gold at World Juniors

Nylander, Asplund finish 4th with Sweden

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) logged a minus-2 rating in 24:04 of work Thursday as the United States erased a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat Canada 5-4 in a shootout to win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

Just like he was in Wednesday's shootout win over Russia, Troy Terry (ANA) again played hero with the only goal scored in the deciding frames while Tyler Parsons (CGY) stopped all five Canadian shooters.

Fitzgerald, a sophomore defenseman at Boston College, ends his World Junior experience with three assists and six shots on goal in the Americans' seven-game run to gold. 

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Fitzgerald, Team USA to play Canada for gold

Nylander, Asplund in Bronze Medal Game for Sweden

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Sabres defensive prospect Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) recorded one shot on goal and a minus-two rating in 20:40 of action Wednesday as the United States defeated Russia 4-3 in a thrilling seven-round shootout to move on to the Gold Medal Game of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Asplund picks up 4 assists as Sweden advances

Nylander records 2 points, Fitzgerald and Team USA move on as well

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Alexander Nylander (2016, first round) scored a goal and an assist Monday, and Rasmus Asplund (2016, second round) recorded four helpers as Sweden advanced to the semifinal of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with an 8-3 blowout of Slovakia.

Nylander has scored at least two points in each of Sweden's five games to take the tournament lead with 11 (5+6). Asplund's big game vaults him to seven points (1+6), which is tied for second in team scoring.

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Petersen records back-to-back shutouts for Notre Dame

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects / SabresProspects.com

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) notched back-to-back shutouts over the weekend for the first time in his collegiate career to guide the Fighting Irish to a pair of victories over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Petersen was rock-solid on Saturday, stopping all 34 shots sent his way in his way in a 5-0 victory over the Nanooks. Notre Dame gave Petersen the nod again on Sunday for his 69th consecutive start, with the third-year captain making 21 stops in a 4-0 win for his fourth shutout of the season.

Petersen has shutouts in three of his last four starts to boost his record to 11-6-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage and was named Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week. 

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