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Sabres Prospects Report: Amerks drop three, Guhle back in juniors

It was a road trip to forget for the Rochester Americans who dropped three games in three days. The Amerks first were swept by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms then dropped a game on Sunday to the Hershey Bears.

The Amerks opened the weekend Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Phantoms in Allentown, Pa. Nick Baptiste scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in just his 15th game with the Amerks. Cole Schneider and Justin Bailey had two-point nights with a goal and assist each while Linus Ullmark made a season-high 44 saves in the loss.

The Phantoms earned the sweep with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Eric Cornel, in his second professional season, picked up his first career multi-point game. He notched his fourth goal of the season and assisted on a tally by Alexander Nylander. It was Nylander’s fifth goal of the season. John Muse made his third start of the season for the Amerks, making 31 saves.

The weekend ended with a 6-1 loss to the Hershey Bears on Sunday. The Amerks took a 1-0 lead when Kyle Bonis scored shorthanded at 11:26 of the first with assists from Evan Rodrigues and Erik Burgdoerfer. But the Bears scored five goals in the second period. Ullmark made 36 saves in the loss.

Rochester, now 9-15-0-1, hosts Toronto at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Blue Cross Arena.

[For a look at all of the following prospects, go to our photo gallery.]

WHL

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defensemen ) – Pick up his ninth assist of the season on Dec. 10 in a 5-4 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – Had a goal and an assist in three games over the weekend. Estephan has collected 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 29 games.

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defensemen)  -- In his first game back in major-juniors after his emergency recall to the Buffalo Sabres, Guhle scored twice, including the game-winner with 12 seconds left in the third, in a 64 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Had two goals, including one on the power play, in a 6-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. Hagel has 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with three power play and two shorthanded goals.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Had two assists over the weekend to give him 15 points (seen goals, eight assists) in 30 games.

OHL

Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – Has four points in 24 games this season (one goal, three assists) along with 26 penalty minutes.

Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Collected five points over three games this weekend, including a two-goal performance in a 4-2 win over the Sarnia Sting. Ranks sixth in the league in scoring with 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 28 games.

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Has 20 assists on the season with four goals in 20 games. Glotov ranks third on Cape Breton in scoring with 24 points with 11 of those points coming on the power play.

NCAA

William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 16 games. Borgen has a plus-3 rating.

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Ranks second on BC in scoring with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists). He picked up a pair of assists in a 3-2 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – Has one goal and three assists in 15 games for the Minutemen.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Was named to the Team USA preliminary roster for the IIHF World Juniors. The sophomore has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 19 games for the Eagles.

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) –The senior leads all Friar defensemen in scoring with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 14 games. He picked up two assists on Friday in a 5-1 win at RIT

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – Assisted on a power play goal that opened the scoring for the Irish in a 3-2 win over Boston College on Saturday. Hurley has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 17 games.

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – Has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 11 games this season.

Philip Nyberg (Wisconsin, defenseman) – The native of Sweden originally signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Wisconsin this season, but reports from the Wisconsin State Journal said the letter of intent was voided because Nyberg did not pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language. He was projected to join the team for the second semester, but it was reported Wisconsin expected to roster additions at the semester break. Playing with Madison Capitols of the USHL where he has two goals and five assists in 23 games.

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Gave up two goals and made 15 saves in a 3-2 win against Boston College on Saturday. On the season, the junior is 9-6-2 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Scored twice in a 4-2 over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. Peterson has nine goals and four points through 16 games.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – Recorded his fourth assist in a 6-3 win over Rensselaer on Saturday. He has eight points on the season.

Europe

Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 25 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.05 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in 19 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has six goals and seven assist in 2y games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Websites from Sweden say that he has a broken ankle and will be out until Christmas.

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