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Sabres Prospects: Bailey, Rodrigues on hot streak

Any disappointment at returning to the Rochester Americans after a seven-game NHL stint wasn’t evident in Justin Bailey’s game.

The second-year pro had a two-point game in the Amerks 3-2 win in Toronto against the Marlies on Saturday. He extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best five games during a six-game point streak, notching nine points (six goals, three assists) in that span.

Also having a standout second year is forward Evan Rodrigues, who has 11 points in his last 12 games (three goals, eight assists). During that time, Rodrigues had five-game point streak. His 23 points rank fifth among all Amerks skaters and he is now two goals and seven points shy of matching his rookie output.

Linus Ullmark rejoined the Amerks after serving as the Sabres backup goaltender while Robin Lehner was out sick. Ullmark leads the AHL in saves (841), shots against (926) and minutes played (1,687). He's tied for fourth with 15 wins and has won four of his last five games.

The Amerks are 17-21-0-1 and in sixth place in the North Division at the AHL’s halfway mark. They play three games on the road this weekend – Friday in Providence, Saturday in Hartford and Sunday in Bridgeport. They return to Blue Cross Arena on Jan. 25 to host the Marlies.

WHL

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) – Picked up two assists in a 7-6 loss to the Regina Pats on Jan. 14. He has 12 assists on the season.

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – On a six-game point streak, including a three-point night (goal, two assists) in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Jan. 15. Ranks third on the Hurricanes in scoring with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists).

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defenseman) – Had assists in his last two games to bring his WHL total to nine assists with nine goals in 33 games.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Has missed five games with a lower body injury. Has 18 goals and 21 points in 38 games.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Scored his eighth goal of the season on Jan. 13 as his offensive production has increased in his third major-junior season. He has 19 points in 40 games after notching 11 points in each of the last two seasons.

OHL

Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – Recorded two assists in a 6-2 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Jan. 13. The East Aurora native has six points (one goal, five assists) in 37 games.

Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Scored his second short-handed goal of the season in a 4-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Jan. 14. Ranks fourth in the OHL with 60 points (27 goals, 33 assists) in 39 games.

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Through 42 games he has eight goals (three on the power play) and 27 assists.

NCAA

William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – The sophomore has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 21 games.

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Tied for second on BC in scoring with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists).

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – The sophomore has five points (one goal, four assists) in 23 games.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Picked up the primary assist on a power-play goal in a 2-1 loss to rival Boston University on Jan. 13. Has 14 points (five goals, nine assists).

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) –The senior has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 18 games.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – Has been held without a point in his last four games. In 21 games for the Fighting Irish this season he has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists).

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – The senior from West Seneca recorded his 10th assist of the season in a 2-1 loss to Union on Jan. 14. Has 10 goals and 20 points.

Philip Nyberg (Connecticut, defenseman) – Has three assists in five games for the Huskies.

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – The junior posted another weekend split, this time against Merrimack. Peterson made 21 saves in a 2-1 on Jan. 13 then let in three goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss on Jan. 14. In 23 games he has a 2.06 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – The junior has been held without a point in his last six games. For the season he has nine goals and four assists.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – Ranks third for Brown in scoring with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 17 games.

Europe

Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has three goals and nine assists in 26 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.05 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 22 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has eight goals and 10 assist in 35 games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Returned to Djurgardens IF after missing the first half of the season with a broken ankle. Had one assist in his first two games.

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