It was a showdown between two of the youngest Buffalo Sabres prospects in Madison, Wisc., last weekend and it was Casey Mittelstadt who came out on top.
Mittelstadt tallied one assist in the back-to-back games as Minnesota swept Linus Weissbach and the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten conference showdown in Kohl Center.
Both players are freshman this season and were drafted by the Sabres in 2017 – Mittelstadt eighth overall and Weissbach in the seventh round, 192nd overall.
Minnesota defeated Wisconsin, 4-2, on Friday night with Mittelstadt recording six shots and winning 10 of his 16 faceoffs. Weissbach had five shots but was a minus-1 on the night.
The Golden Gophers won 7-1 on Saturday with Mittelstadt setting up the game's first goal. He didn't record a shot but went 6 for 12 on faceoffs.
Weissbach was again a minus-1 and took a penalty for high sticking in the third period.
Mittelstadt continues to impress after a solid showing with Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo in January. He is tied for 10th in the nation among freshmen in points with 23 on eight goals and 15 assists. He has two game-winning goals with one of the most exciting coming on Jan. 24 when he scored the overtime game-winner against top-ranked Notre Dame in a 1-0 win.
Weissbach has 22 points on the season, putting him tied for 14th on the NCAA freshman point list. The 19-year-old from Sweden ranks third on the Badgers in scoring with eight goals and 14 assists, including three power play goals and one game-winner.
Minnesota (18-13-1) is in fourth place in the Big Ten facing off against Ohio State at home (Feb. 16-17) then closing out the regular season at Penn State (Feb. 23-24).
Wisconsin (14-15-4) is in fifth in the Big Ten and has one series left – on the road at Ohio State (Feb. 23-24).
Rochester Americans: It's been trying times of late for the Amerks who have lost their last four games, two in overtime and two in regulation.
The good news is that the Amerks are finding ways to get points. They lead the American Hockey League with 21 games that have gone to overtime or a shootout with eight coming since Jan. 1. They've collected at least one point in 33 of their last 42 games, but that's not enough to keep up with the rest of the AHL. Rochester has slipped to third place in the North Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Defenseman Brendan Guhle returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing seven games with a lower body injury. Guhle was a minus-1 with three shots in the Amerks 3-2 overtime loss to the Hershey Bears.
The Amerks return to action Friday kicking off a three-games-in-three-days set. They host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7 p.m. Friday in Blue Cross Arena then travel to Binghamton to play the Devils on Saturday. They return to Blue Cross Arena to host Binghamton at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Vojtech Budik (defense, Prince Albert Raiders): In 49 games played he has eight goals and 20 assists. Three of those goals have come on the power play.
Brandon Hagel (forward, Red Deer Rebels): Had three points (a goal and two assists) in Red Deer's 7-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Feb. 9. It was his seventh multipoint game of the season and his third with three points.
Cliff Pu (forward, Kingston Frontenacs): Has multipoint outings in four of his last seven games. Over his last 16 games he has 14 points (two goals and 12 assists).
Austin Osmanski (defense, Peterborough Petes): The East Aurora native has one goal and 13 assists in 51 games this year.
Vasily Glotov (forward, Shawinigan Cataractes): Through 50 games has 25 goals, surpassing last season's total of 15. Six of those goals have come on the power play, one shorthanded and four have been game-winners. He has 35 points to rank second on the team.
William Borgen (defense, St. Cloud State): He is the only collegiate defenseman with Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Games. The U.S. opens preliminary round play at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday vs. Slovenia. In 26 games with the Huskies this season, the junior has two goals and 10 assists.
Christopher Brown (forward, Boston College): Has scored mostly on special teams this season. Of his six goals, three have come on the power play and one shorthanded.
Jacob Bryson (defense, Providence): The sophomore is on a two-game goal streak. He notched two goals Feb. 3 in a 4-3 loss at Vermont then scored against Maine Feb. 9 in a 3-2 overtime win for the Friars. He has four goals and 18 assists on the season.
Ivan Chukarov (defense, UMass): Has five assists in 23 games.
Casey Fitzgerald (defense, Boston College): Registered his 11th assist of the season on the game-tying goal for Boston College against UMass-Lowell on Feb. 9. The Eagles went on to win, 3-2, in overtime. Has four goals and 15 points this season.
Connor Hurley (forward, Minnesota): After three seasons at Notre Dame, Hurley transferred to the University of Minnesota. He will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and have one year of college eligibility left for the 2018-19 season. In 98 career games for the Fighting Irish, Hurley had 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists).
Brett Murray (forward, Penn State): The sophomore has not played since Jan. 13. Has one goal and four assists.
Philip Nyberg (defense, UConn): Has two goals and one assist through 17 games.
Judd Peterson (forward, St. Cloud State): The senior had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win Feb. 10 at Miami (Ohio). He has five goals and 11 assists.
Max Willman (forward, Brown): The senior played just nine games before an undisclosed injury ended his season. He had one goal and five points with 25 shots on goal.
Rasmus Asplund (forward, Farjestad BK): In 43 games in the SHL, he has seven goals and 20 assists.
Marcus Davidsson (forward, Djurgardens): Has six goals and eight assists in 32 games in the Swedish Hockey League. He has three goals and an assist in three games played with the Djurgadens Under-20 team in the SuperElit League.
Oskari Laaksonen (defense, Ilves): Has three goals and 11 assists in 37 games in the Under-20 league (Jr. A SM-Liiga). In 14 games with Ilves in Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, he has one assist.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (goalie, LeKi): In 24 games with LeKi in Finland he has a 2.92 goals against and a .909 save percentage.
Victor Olofsson (forward, Frolounda HC): Has 24 goals and 13 assists in 43 games in the Swedish Hockey League.