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Sabres Prospects Update: Rochester's winning streak ends and college hockey playoffs heat up

Rochester’s season-best four-game winning streak ended on Sunday with a 6-1 loss to Binghamton at Blue Cross Arena.

It was a down note to an otherwise impressive weekend which started with the Amerks defeating Utica, 3-1, at home then coming back from a 2-0 deficit in Syracuse for a 7-4 win.

In Friday’s victory against Utica, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel had a goal and an assist. The blue line helped with the offense again Saturday in Syracuse as Brady Austin had three assists, notching his first three-point night in his second professional season. Justin Bailey and Alex Guptill each had a goal and an assist.

Bailey, the Williamsville native in his first professional season, saw his five-game point streak end in Sunday’s loss to Binghamton. He had eight points (two goals, six assists) in that streak to bring his season total to 12 goals and 19 assists in 54 games.

The Amerks, now 30-27-2-1, host Lehigh Valley at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in the Phantoms first visit to Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks are at Binghamton on Saturday and return home to host Providenceon Sunday (5:05 p.m.)

Western Hockey League

Giorgio Estephan (Forward, Lethbridge) – Had a four-point weekend with a goal and three assists giving him four goals and six assists since returning from a lower body injury which sidelined him for all of February. His totals for the season: 31 goals and 42 assists.

Brendan Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert) – Has 10 goals and 18 points in 61 games

Brycen Martin (Defenseman, Everett) – Has 35 points in in 63 games along with a plus-9 rating.

Devante Stephens (Defenseman, Kelowna) – Has 10 points and a plus-10 rating in 69 games for the Rockets.

Ontario Hockey League

Eric Cornel (Forward, Peterborough) – Picked up three assists over the weekend. He still ranks 17th in the OHL in scoring with 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games. He’s also plus-17 on the season.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Vaclav Karabacek (Forward, Moncton) –  Has three goals in March to give him 16 on the season. He has 27 points and a minus-23 rating although that’s largely a result of starting the season with last-place Baie-Comeau.

College hockey                                                                                                  

Will Borgen (Defenseman, St. Cloud State) – The freshman scored his first collegiate goal in the Huskies 4-3 overtime win against Western Michigan in the NCHC Quarterfinals. He picked up an assist in the second game as the Huskies earned the sweep and advance to play Denver in the semifinals on Friday.

Christopher Brown (Forward, Boston College) – Has two goals and eight assists in 34 games. The Eagles needed overtime in Game 3 to get past Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals. They advance to meet Northeastern in the semifinals on Friday.

Ivan Chukarov (Defenseman, UMass) – Finished his freshman season with three goals and five assists in 36 games. UMass ended its season with a first-round series loss to Boston University.

Hudson Fasching (Forward, Minnesota) – The junior scored a power play goal with two assists as Minnesota split its regular season finale with Wisconsin. The Gophers will play the winner of Ohio State-Michigan State in the Big Ten semifinals on Friday.

Anthony Florentino (Defenseman, Providence) –The junior has five goals and seven assists. The Friars swept Merrimack in the Hockey East quarterfinals and will meet UMass-Lowell in the semis on Friday.

Connor Hurley (Forward, Notre Dame) – The sophomore had two assists in Saturday’s loss to Northeastern as the Huskies swept Notre Dame in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Jason Kasdorf (Goaltender, Rensselaer) – Not the way the senior wanted to end his collegiate career. In the opening game of the ECAC quarterfinals against Harvard, he gave up four goals on 31 shots before being yanked. He didn’t start Game 2, which the Engineers lost thereby ending their season. Kasdorf finishes 12-12-5 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

Sean Malone (Forward, Harvard) – Had a big weekend against Rensselaer as the Crimson swept the quarterfinal series to advance to the ECAC semis and a matchup with St. Lawrence. Malone had two goals and an assist in Friday’s 5-2 win and one goal and two assists in Saturday’s 8-2 rout.

Cal Petersen (Goaltender, Notre Dame) – The sophomore has suffered five losses in his last six games, the last two as the Fighting Irish were ousted from the Hockey East tournament by Northeastern in the quarterfinals. Petersen gave up two goals and made 19 saves in a 3-1 loss on Friday (the third goal was an empty-netter) then gave up six goals on 33 shots in a 6-4 loss on Saturday. He has a 2.19 goals against and a .928 save percentage.

Judd Peterson (Forward, St. Cloud State) – The sophomore has 16 goals and 23 points this season. He was held off the board as the Huskies swept Western Michigan in NCHC quarterfinals but totaled six shots on net. St. Cloud State meets Denver in the semis on Friday.

Max Willman (Forward, Brown) – Finished his sophomore season with three goals and 11 points

Europe

Jonas Johansson (Goaltender, Almtuna IS) – In four postseason games has a 3.01 goals against average and an .892 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (Forward, MODO) – Has 29 points with 14 goals in 49 games.

Gustav Possler (Forward, MODO) – Has nine goals and 15 assists in 52 games.

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