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Sabres Prospects Report: Malone, Petersen heating up in college hockey

It’s tournament time in college hockey and Sabres prospects are contributing to teams playing in their conference tournaments.

Sean Malone registered a career-high four points for Harvard in a 6-4 win against Yale. He added two assists in a 6-3 win as Harvard swept their rivals in the ECAC quarterfinals to advance to the conference semifinals on March 17 in Lake Placid.

Notre Dame advanced to the Hockey East semifinal on March 17 in Boston’s TD Garden with a sweep of Providence. Goalie Cal Petersen continued to backstop the Irish, making 43 saves for a shutout in Game One (a 5-0 win) then 28 saves in a 5-2 win.

Chris Brown and Casey Fitzgerald helped Boston College advance to the Hockey East semis with a sweep of Vermont.

The weekly update on prospects in the organization:

Rochester Americans: Alexander Nylander has three goals in last six games, including scoring in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He scored in a 4-3 win over Toronto on March 8th and again in a 3-2 loss to St. John’s on March 10.

The rookie feels he is finding his stride. “I think I’ve found good practices. Been practicing good on and off the ice,” Nylander said to the media in Rochester after the loss to St. John’s. “I think our chemistry is getting better.”

The Amerks are home Wednesday against the Binghamton Senators then travel to St. John’s for back-to-back games with the IceCaps Friday and Saturday.


Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert Raiders, defenseman) – Has 26 points with 25 assists in 56 games.

Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes, forward) – Saw his six-game point streak end March 8 but followed that up with two goals in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on March 10. Has 32 goals and 50 assists in 62 games.

Brendan Guhle (Prince George Cougars, defenseman) – On a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists in that span. Through 45 WHL games he has 14 goals, 18 assists and a plus-11 rating.

Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels, left wing) – Scored three goals in his last two games – two in a 4-1 win over the Kootney Ice on March 10, including the game winner and a power play tally. He again scored on the power play on March 11 in a 6-1 win over the Ice.

Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets, defenseman) – Scored his 12th goal of the season in an 8-1 win over the Vancouver Giants March 10. Has 34 points and plus-27 rating in 64 games.


Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads, defenseman) – The East Aurora native has two goals and five assists in 51 games.

Cliff Pu (London Knights, forward) – Had an assist in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Guelph Storm to extend his current point streak to three games. Ranks eighth in the OHL in points with 82 points (35 goals, 47 assists) in 59 games.


Vasily Glotov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, forward) – Scored his 14th goal of the season, a power-play tally, in 9-4 win over the Moncton Wildcats.


William Borgen (St. Cloud State, defenseman) – Missed the NCHC quarterfinals after the league suspended him for two games for shoving league referee Nick Krebsbach in the last game of the regular season. The Huskies were swept by North Dakota. Borgen finished his sophomore season with two goals and 10 assists in 33 games.

Christopher Brown (Boston College, center) – Scored two goals in the opening 7-0 win over Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinal. Has nine goals and 15 assists this season. The Eagles advance to the Hockey East semifinals on March 17 in TD Garden in Boston.

Ivan Chukarov (UMass, defenseman) – The sophomore finished with two goals and six assists in 36 games for UMass which was swept in the first round of the Hockey East tournament by Providence.

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, defenseman) – Registered two assists as the Eagles swept Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 35 games. The Eagles advance to the Hockey East semifinals on March 17 in TD Garden in Boston.

Anthony Florentino (Providence, defenseman) – The senior had nine goals and seven assists in 29 games. The Friars were swept by Notre Dame in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

Connor Hurley (Notre Dame, center) – ND Insider reports that the junior is out for the rest of the season with an undisclosed personal issue. Has four goals and 12 assists in 21 games.

Sean Malone (Harvard, center) – The senior from West Seneca had six points as Harvard swept Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals. Malone opened the scoring in the series then added three assists for a four-point night in a 6-4 win. He then had two helpers in a 6-3 win. Harvard will play in the ECAC semifinals on March 17 in Lake Placid.

Philip Nyberg (Connecticut, defenseman) – Finished his freshman season with one goal and five assists in 16 games. The Huskies were swept by Northeastern in the Hockey East first round.

Cal Petersen (Notre Dame, goalie) – Led his team to the Hockey East semifinals with a sweep of Providence. Petersen made 43 saves in a 5-0 win in the first game then recorded 28 saves in a 5-2 win. One of the 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, given to the best goaltender in college hockey, Petersen has 86 consecutive games for the Irish, the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history.

Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State, center) – The junior was held off the score sheet as the Huskies were swept by North Dakota in the quarterfinals of the NCHC tournament. He finished the season with 11 goals, six assists in 36 games.

Max Willman (Brown, forward) – The junior finished with a career-high 11 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for the Bears, who were swept by Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC tournament.


Rasmus Asplund (SHL, forward) – Has six goals and 13 assists in 39 games for Farjestad BK.

Jonas Johansson (Allsvenskan, goalie) – Has a 2.26 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in 37 games for Almtuna IS.

Victor Olofsson (SHL, forward) – Has nine goals and 18 assist in 51 games for Frolunda HC.

Gustav Possler (SHL, forward) – Has two goals and two assists in 21 games for Djurgardens IF after missing the first half of the season with a broken ankle.

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