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Sabres Prospects Report: Estephan, Guhle have big games

The best performances of the week in the Sabres system were in the Western Hockey League.

Forward Giorgio Estephan is on a six-game point streak for the Lethbridge Hurricane including a four-point effort in a 5-4 overtime win over the Saskatoon Blades on March 4.

Meanwhile defenseman Brendan Guhle returned to action for the Prince George Cougars from an ankle injury in a big way – with a four-point game of his own including scoring a short-handed goal that proved to the game-winner against Kamloops on March 13.

Colleges are entering conference tournament season, with many teams on a bye week while the Rochester Americans ended a three-game losing streak in overtime.

The weekly update on prospects in the organization:

Rochester Americans: Taylor Fedun scored the overtime game-winner on Saturday giving the Amerks a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Rochester.

The Amerks tied the game with less than six minutes left in regulation. It was Mat Bodie’s second of the game, coming on a 5-on-3 power play.

The two goals for Bodie were his first with Rochester. He came to the Amerks during a trade deadline deal that sent Dan Catenacci to the New York Rangers system.

Linus Ullmark made 13 saves in the win as the Amerks held a 44-16 advantage in shots on goal.

Rochester hosts the Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday and the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

WHL

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) – Scored his first goal of the season in an 8-0 win over Kootenay Ice on March 4. Overall has 26 points with 25 assists.

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – On a six-game point streak including picking up four points in a 5-4 overtime win over the Saskatoon Blades on March 4. Estephan had two goals and two assists, including setting up the game-winner in OT. Has 80 points (30 goals, 50 assists) in 62 games.

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defenseman) – Returned from an ankle injury and promptly had a four-point game on March 3 in an 8-4 win over Kamloops Blazers, including a short-handed tally in the second that turned into the game-winner. Has 13 goals and 15 assists in 42 WHL games.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Has 22 goals, including six on the power play and two short-handed, with 34 assists in 58 games.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Has 11 goals and 22 assists through 61 games.

OHL

Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – The East Aurora native has two goals and five assists in 51 games.

Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Saw his seven-game point streak end in a 4-1 loss to the Windsor Spitfires on March 4. Ranks eighth in the OHL with 79 points (34 goals, 45 assists) in 56 games.

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – In 56 games has 13 goals (three power play, one game-winner, one short-handed) and 35 assists.

NCAA

William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Recorded his 10th assist in a 5-2 win over Colorado College on March 3. The Huskies play North Dakota in the NCHC quarterfinal.

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Has seven goals and 15 assists in 30 games. The Eagles play Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – The sophomore had two goals and six assists in 36 games for UMass, which was swept in the first round of the Hockey East tournament by Providence.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 33 games. The Eagles play Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – The senior has nine goals and seven assists in 28 games for the Friars. Providence swept UMass and will play at Notre Dame in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – ND Insider reports that the junior is out for the rest of the season with an undisclosed personal issue. Has four goals and 12 assists in 21 games.

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – The senior from West Seneca has 14 goals and 32 points in 29 games. Harvard meets Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.

Philip Nyberg (Connecticut, defenseman) – Finished his freshman season with one goal and five assists in 16 games. The Huskies were swept by Northeastern in the Hockey East first round.

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Notre Dame had a first-round bye in the Hockey East tournament and will host Providence in the quarterfinals. The junior is tied for the sixth-best save percentage in Division I (.927) while his goals-against average (2.12) ranks 12th.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Had a goal and assist in a 5-2 win over Colorado College on March 3. Has 11 goals and six assists this season. The Huskies play North Dakota in the NCHC quarterfinal.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – The junior finished with a career-high 11 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for the Bears, who were swept by Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC tournament.

Europe

Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has five goals and 13 assists in 37 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.26 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 37 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has nine goals and 17 assist in 49 games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Has two goals and two assists in 19 games for Djurgardens IF after missing the first half of the season with a broken ankle.

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