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Sabres Prospects: Ullmark, Schneider win AHL skills competitions

Linus Ullmark and Cole Schneider won their events at the 2017 AHL All-Star skills competition in Allentown, Pa., Sunday night.

Ullmark was named the Top Goaltender after stopping 15 of 18 in the three goaltending events.

“In my events as a goaltender, the key to being successful is having a lot of patience and I think I had that for the most part,” Ullmark said. “I was very excited and that is the one reason I was very relieved I went first in most of my events.”

Schneider, who leads the Amerks with 39 points, won the Accuracy Shooting Competition, knocking down four targets in just five attempts.

“I thought when I released my fourth shot on the accuracy, the puck was going to the target,” Schneider said. “The hardest part of that event was not shooting the pucks, because I have shot a million pucks over my life, but the pressure of everyone watching because you do not want to miss all four targets. All in all, the night was a lot of fun.”

Schneider also was part of the puck-control relay while Justin Bailey, a late addition to the All-Star roster, had the third fastest time in the Fastest Skater Competition.

The AHL All-Star Challenge, a round-robin tournament among the league’s four divisions played three-on-three, is Monday night.

The Amerks return to action Friday playing the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut.

WHL

Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) – Had an assist in a 3-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Jan. 29. He has 15 assists in 43 games.

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – Registered an assist in a 3-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades Jan. 28 after his eight-game point streak was broken on Jan. 27 in a 5-4 win over the Prince Albert Raiders. He has 24 goals and 35 assists in 46 games.

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defenseman) – Had a goal and assist in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Jan. 29. In 40 WHL games he has 12 goals and 12 assists.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Picked up his 27th assist in a 5-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Jan. 27. He has 47 points with 20 goals in 43 games.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Has eight goals and 11 assists in 43 games. He has a plus-10 rating and 44 penalty minutes.

OHL

Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – The East Aurora native has six points (one goal, five assists) in 37 games.

Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Had three assists in his last three games. Ranks fourth in the OHL with 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) in 42 games. Has seven power-play goals, 14 power-play points and two short-handed goals.

QMJHL

Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Had a goal and set up the overtime game-winenr in a 5-4 OT win over the Charlottetown Islanders on Jan. 27. He has 11 goals and 29 assists in 46 games.

NCAA

William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Scored his second goal of the season in a 2-1 OT loss to Minnesota-Duluth on Jan. 28.  Has 11 points this season.

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Scored for BC in a 6-4 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 28. Has 22 points this season.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – The sophomore has one goal and five assists in 26 games.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Registered three assists in BC’s 6-4 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 28. He has 18 points this season.

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – The senior has five goals and seven assists in 20 games.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – Has not played since Jan. 14. Has four goals and 12 assists in 21 games.

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – The senior from West Seneca scored his 11th goal in a 3-1 win at Colgate on Jan. 28. He has 23 points in 21 games.

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

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – The junior gave up five goals in a 6-4 loss to Boston College on Jan. 28. He is 2-2-1 in his last five games. Overall he has a 2.09 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – Has nine goals and four assists in 26 games.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – Scored a power play goal in a 4-3 loss to Yale on Jan. 27. He has nine goals and 10 assists this season.

Europe

Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has three goals and 12 assists in 29 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.13 goals against average and a .915 save percentage in 26 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has nine goals and 12 assist in 39 games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Has two goals and one assist in seven games for Djurgardens IF after missing the first half of the season with a broken ankle.

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