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Sabres prospects update: For Borgen and Team USA: Bye-bye, gold medal

Gold medal dreams have been dashed for Team USA and Buffalo Sabres prospect Will Borgen. The Americans had a 1-0 lead over Russia but dropped a 2-1 decision in the semifinals of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland on Monday.

The U.S. plays Sweden for the bronze medal on Tuesday. The game at 9 a.m. ET will be broadcast on the NHL Network.

Borgen, a freshman defenseman at St. Cloud State and a fourth-round pick of the Sabres in 2015, was a minus-1 in the semifinal after being on the ice for Pavel Kraskovski’s game-tying goal with 4:52 left in the second period. Borgen was in front but Russia had too many jerseys in the slot and knocked the puck in.

Borgen has two assists, five shots and a plus-4 rating in six games for Team USA this tournament.

Rochester Americans

The Amerks didn’t ring in the New Year with much luck. Over their last five games, they have just one win – the 3-2 shootout win over the St. John IceCaps at First Niagara Center on Dec. 30. Rochester has slipped to 15-15-2-1 on the season.

Jason Akeson leads the Amerks with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) while Phil Varone leads the team in goals with nine (five assists, 14 points).

Nick Baptiste has 14 points (six goals, eight assists), Justin Bailey 12 (five goals, seven assists) and Jerome Leduc 11 points with four of his six goals coming on the power play.

The oldest rivalry in the American Hockey League will be renewed on Friday when the Amerks host the Hershey Bears for the 450th all-time meeting in Blue Cross Arena. The game will be part of the Amerks’ 60th Anniversary Celebration as the team will wear special throwback sweaters, inspired by the iconic jerseys worn during the team’s first Calder Cup championship season of 1964-65.

Western Hockey League

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge) – On a five-game goal scoring streak which includes seven goals and four assists, Estephan ranks ninth in the WHL in scoring with 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) with four power play tallies and two short-handed goals. Lethbridge leads the Eastern Conference standings.

Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert) – In 32 games, he has six goals and nine assists for the Raiders who are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Brycen Martin (Everett) – Traded to Everett from Saskatoon in November, Martin has a conbined total of four goals and 25 assists to rank 13th among WHL defensemen.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna) – Has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 40 games but also is a plus-10 for the Western Conference first-place Rockets.

Ontario Hockey League

Eric Cornel (Peterborough) – Has 19 goals, including five on the power play, and 24 assists in 38 games to rank 19th in the OHL in scoring.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Vaclav Karabacek (Moncton) – The winger was traded from last-place Baie-Comeau to contender Moncton while recovering from a broken thumb.

College hockey

Christopher Brown (Boston College) – The freshman forward has two goals and five assists in 18 games for the Eagles.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass) – The defenseman has two assists in 19 games.

Hudson Fasching (Minnesota) – Returned from the holiday with a goal in a 3-2 win against UConn and two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss against Harvard. The junior has nine goals and 17 points for the Golden Gophers.

Anthony Florentino (Providence) – The blueliner has four goals, three assists and 31 penalty minutes in 16 games this season.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame) – The sophomore scored a goal at Denver this weekend. He has three goals and nine points in 18 games.

Jason Kasdorf (Rensselaer) – Split this past weekend at Miami (Ohio). He is now 5-5-1 with a 2.12 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

Sean Malone (Harvard) – Scored his first goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota Jan. 2. He has seven points this season.

Cal Peterson (Notre Dame) – Was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 92 of the 95 shots (.968) he faced at Denver the first weekend of 2016. He paced the Fighting Irish to a pair of ties against Denver.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State) – The sophomore has found his groove with five points in a weekend sweep of Arizona State. He has 12 goals and 19 points in 17 games this season.

Max Willman (Brown) – Has a goal and an assist in 15 games for Brown.

Europe

Jonas Johansson (Almtuna IS) – Through 27 games has a 2.3 1goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (MODO) – Has 15 points with six goals in 28 games.

Gustav Possler (MODO) – Has five goals and nine assists in 30 games.

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