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Sabres Prospects: Petersen finding consistency in goal for Notre Dame

Cal Petersen is putting up some solid numbers for Notre Dame. The sophomore goaltender has started every game for the Fighting Irish this season. This weekend he combined for 40 saves and gave up three goals in a weekend sweep of Merrimack.

He owns a 2.20 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, but coach Jeff Jackson isn’t looking so much at numbers as he is consistency in Petersen’s game.

“We’re trying to get him to play the same way every night regardless of the shots,” Jackson said. “He tends to play better on nights when we give up more shots. When he faces 40 shots he tends to stand on his head, but he needs to be consistent.

“I’m an ex-goaltender so I have a pretty good idea what’s going through his head. As a goalie, it’s always fun facing a lot of activity. You’re more engaged, more focused. Our team is better this year defensively so our average shots against are closer to 25 where last year they were over 30. This year is a bit of a challenge for him to always stay engaged and emotionally involved in the game. He may go a long time without seeing a shot then face a two-on-one. It’s a matter of him being able to play both ways.”

Sophomore forward Connor Hurley has three goals and seven assists for the Irish. He had four goals and 10 assists as a freshman.

Jackson sees a skilled player in Hurley but one who has yet to master self confidence.

“When his confidence is on he shows skating and skill ability,” Jackson said. “He’s just emotional kid and needs to learn to become a little stronger mentally where he can be more engaged and feel confident in his ability. When he’s playing really well, you can see what his potential is. It’s just a matter of him finding his way to do that on a nightly basis.”

Rochester Americans

The Amerks broke a massive scoring drought on Saturday but failed to string two wins together, dropping a 2-1 decision to Syracuse on Monday afternoon.

Rochester had ended a three-game losing skid with a 2-1 win at Binghamton. Dan Catenacci and Jerome Leduc scored for the Amerks, who entered the game with just one goal over their previous seven periods. Catenacci’s goal in the second period ended Rochester’s scoring drought at 260:58. Nathan Lieuwen made 22 saves for the win.

But on Monday, the Amerks managed just one goal, a tally from Justin Bailey, in a 2-1 loss to Syracuse at Blue Cross Arena.

“It’s obviously frustrating when personally or as a team when you’re not able to produce goals,” Bailey said after Monday’s loss. “I don’t think it’s due to lack of effort by any means. Everyone on our team is giving it their all. It’s just a couple of bounces, a couple of missed opportunities and that’s where we’re at right now.”

The Amerks are 18-19-2-1 this season.

Western Hockey League

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge) – Extended his point streak to 11 games and has 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists) on the season to rank 10th the WHL. Lethbridge is in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert) – Had an assist was plus-2 in the Raiders 3-2 loss to Lethbridge on Saturday. The defenseman has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) and 41 penalty minutes.

Brycen Martin (Everett) – Has a goal and two assists this month giving the defenseman 31 points this season.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna) –The defenseman has two goals and five assists in 44 games for Rockets, who lead the Western Conference. He is pointless, though, in January with a minus-four rating for the month.

Ontario Hockey League

Eric Cornel (Peterborough) – On a five-game point streak his 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) rank 16th in the OHL.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Vaclav Karabacek (Moncton) –  In his first game back from injury and first with Moncton since being traded there in December, he picked up a goal and an assist. He has 18 points now

College hockey                                                                    

Will Borgen (St. Cloud State) – Was held pointless in his first weekend back with the Huskies since winning bronze with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Christopher Brown (Boston College) –  No points for Brown as the Eagles picked up a win and a tie against rival Boston University.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass) – The defenseman picked up an assist as the Minutemen were swept by UMass-Lowell to run their losing streak to four games. He has four assists in 23 games this season.

Hudson Fasching (Minnesota) – The junior had two goals in Minnesota’s 5-2 win over Michigan State. He now has 13 goals and 22 points on the season.

Anthony Florentino (Providence) – The defenseman had a goal and assist in the Friars’ 6-3 over Vermont. The junior how has five goals and four assists in 18 games.

Jason Kasdorf (Rensselaer) – Made 44 saves to earn a 1-0 shutout over Cornell on Friday then came back with a 20-save performance in a 2-2 tie with Colgate. The senior is 6-5-3 on the season with a 2.01 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.

Sean Malone (Harvard) – No points for Malone in a weekend split as Harvard beat St. Lawrence then  lost to Clarkson. The junior forward has three goals and six assists in 14 games..

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State) – The sophomore is on a four-game pointless streak. He has 19 on the season (12 goals, seven assists).

Max Willman (Brown) – Has a goal and three assists in 17 games for Brown.

Europe

Jonas Johansson (Almtuna IS) – Through 30 games has a 2.24 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (MODO) – Has 16 points with seven goals in 32 games.

Gustav Possler (MODO) – Has six goals and 11 assists in 34 games.

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