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Sabres prospect Bailey finishing strong with Amerks

Justin Bailey’s second-half surge continued for the Rochester Americans this week.

The right winger picked up two goals and an assist for the Amerks, moving him into the Top 10 in rookie scoring in the American Hockey League.

Bailey has 20 points in his last 16 games for the Amerks. On the season he has 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) becoming the first Amerks’ rookie to reach the 40-point mark since Johan Larsson had 41 in 2012-13. Larsson, however, played 62 games that season with the Houston Aeros before being traded from Minnesota to Buffalo. He played seven games with Rochester to close out his AHL rookie campaign.

Bailey, the Williamsville native drafted by the Sabres in the second round in 2013, has found his groove in his first professional hockey season.

The results for the Amerks haven’t been as strong.

Rochester defeated the Crunch, 5-1, in Syracuse on Saturday but bookended that with home losses to Grand Rapids (6-1 on Friday, 5-2 on Sunday).

The Amerks are now 33-34-2-1 with six games left in the season. They host Binghamton on Friday then have a home-and-home series with Lake Erie, starting in Rochester Saturday and moving to Cleveland on Sunday.

Rochester added two new players to the roster. Brendan Guhle was assigned to the Amerks by the Sabres after his junior hockey season ended this week. Giorgio Estephan, drafted by the Sabres in 2015, signed an ATO with the Amerks after his junior season with Lethbridge ended as well.

Western Hockey League

Giorgio Estephan (forward, Lethbridge) had a goal and an assist but his team was eliminated from the playoffs, losing in five games to Regina. Estephan had two goals and two assists in five playoff games.

Brendan Guhle (defenseman, Prince Albert) had three assists in five games in the loss to Moose Jaw. Had six penalty minutes in the series and was a plus-one.

Brycen Martin (defenseman, Everett) had two points (goal, assist) and a plus-3 rating as Everett advanced to the second round by sweeping Portland in the best-of-seven series. The Silvertips meet Seattle in the next round which begins on Friday.

Devante Stephens (defenseman, Kelowna) has no points and an even rating as Kelowna faced Kamloops in a deciding Game Seven on Monday.

Ontario Hockey League

Eric Cornel (forward, Peterborough) had a goal on Sunday as the Petes forced a deciding Game Seven in their series with North Bay. Cornel has five points (one goal, four assists) in six playoff games with 17 shots and a plus-3 rating. Game Seven is Tuesday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Vaclav Karabacek (forward, Moncton) had two goals, including a power play tally, and one assist as Moncton advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Victoriaville in five games. Moncton meets Gatineau in the quarterfinals.

College hockey

Christopher Brown (forward, Boston College) – The freshman gets his first taste of the Frozen Four when the Eagles meet Quinnipiac in the national semifinal on Thursday in Tampa. The winner will advance to Saturday’s national championship game against the winner of North Dakota-Denver.

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