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Sabres Prospects Update: Playoffs begin in major-junior leagues

The postseason begins this week for the major-junior leagues in Canada and Buffalo Sabres prospects have another opportunity to gain valuable on-ice experience.

In the Western Hockey League all four prospects are playing in best-of-seven first round series which begin on Friday.

Giorgio Estephan (Forward, Lethbridge) finished the regular season with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) in 59 games. He also had a plus-26 rating. His Lethbridge team will meet Regina in an Eastern Conference series.

Brendan Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert) had 28 points in the regular season (10 goals 18 assists) in 63 games. Prince Albert meets Moose Jaw in the Eastern Conference series.

Brycen Martin (Defenseman, Everett) picked up two assists over the weekend to close out the regular season with 37 points (six goals, 31 assists) and a plus-8 rating. Everett meets Portland in the Western Conference series.

Devante Stephens (Defenseman, Kelowna) was a plus-12 in the regular season with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 72 games. In the Western Conference series, Kelowna plays Kamloops.

In the Ontario Hockey League, Eric Cornel (Forward, Peterborough) begins the playoffs with his Petes finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference to face No. 3 North Bay in the best-of-seven series. Cornel ranks 14th in the OHL with 83 points (27 goals, 56 assists) in 68 games.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Vaclav Karabacek (Forward, Moncton) had a three-point weekend (two goals, one assist) to close out the regular season. In 47 games he put up 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) Moncton places Victoriaville in the best-of-seven playoff opener.


Rochester Americans

March came in like a Lion for the Amerks, but it’s quickly turning into a lamb. After winning four straight to start the month, the Amerks have lost three of their last four, including a 4-1 setback to the Providence Bruins Sunday at Blue Cross Arena.

Rookie forward Justin Bailey scored for the third straight game while Linus Ullmark made 30 saves on 33 attempts while earning his 14th start in 19 games.

The Amerks, now 31-29-2-1 on the season, host the St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday and Friday at Blue Cross Arena.

College hockey                                                                                                  

Will Borgen (Defenseman, St. Cloud State) – Has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) and a plus-18 rating as the Huskies won the NCHC title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Christopher Brown (Forward, Boston College) – Picked up an assist in the Eagles loss to Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals. BC is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tourney.

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 finished his season with a career-best 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games. The Gophers lost to Michigan in the Big Ten championship and did not make the NCAA field.

Anthony Florentino (Defenseman, Providence) –The junior has five goals and seven assists as the Friars took the No. 4 seed in the NCAA bracket after losing in triple overtime to UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals.

Connor Hurley (Forward, Notre Dame) – The sophomore has 18 points (six goals and 12 assists) as the Fithgint nIrish enter the NCAA tournament as a No. 12 seed.

Sean Malone (Forward, Harvard) – Had four shots in Harvard’s 2-1 overtime win against St. Lawrence in the ECAC semifinal but did not play in the title game, a loss to Quinnipiac. Harvard is the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Cal Petersen (Goaltender, Notre Dame) – The sophomore gets new life in the NCAA tourney as the Fighting Irish made the field as a No. 12 seed. 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 for the Huskies who won the NCHC title and took the No. 2 seed in the NCAA field.

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


Jonas Johansson (Goaltender, Almtuna IS) – In four postseason games has a 3.01 goals against average and an .892 save percentage. He finished the regular season with a 2.39 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (Forward, MODO) – Finished the regular season with 29 points with 14 goals in 49 games.

Gustav Possler (Forward, MODO) – Had nine goals and 15 assists in 52 games in the regular season.

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