SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Hurley wins gold with Team USA at 2013 World Junior A Challenge
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) showed the promise that made him a high-profile draft target last week.
He compiled 10 points (3+7) in four games as the U.S. Junior Selects successfully defended their gold medal at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Hurley’s point total was second only to the 12 posted by teammate and North Dakota-commit Nick Schmaltz.
Hurley was a key weapon on the power play Tuesday, leveraging his strength and vision to collect a goal and three assists as USA kicked off the tournament with an 8-3 win over Russia. The Notre Dame commit shined again on Friday with two goals and two helpers as the Americans downed Switzerland 7-4 to advance to the final. In Sunday’s gold medal game, Hurley picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over Russia.
Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Calvin Petersen (2013, fifth round) played three of the four tourney games for the United States, earning a 3-0 record while posting a 2.67 GAA and .873 save%.
In Sunday action, Justin Bailey (2013, second round) scored a regulation goal and then the clinching tally in the shootout as Kitchener snapped their eight-game skid with a 4-3 victory over Ottawa. Bailey has connected for goals in three of his last four outings to give him 13 points (6+7) through 17 games for the Rangers.
WATCH: BAILEY'S REGULATION GOAL
Justin Kea (2012, third round) capped an impressive five-point week Sunday with a Gordie Howe hat trick. He recorded a goal, an assist, and a fighting major to earn the game’s third star as Saginaw skated to a 9-4 triumph at Kingston. On Friday, Kea was named the game’s number one star with an empty-net goal, an assist, and several key faceoff wins as the Spirit toppled Belleville 5-3. Kea is currently tied for second in team scoring with 21 points (9+12).
WATCH: KEA SCORES TWICE
Kea’s Saginaw mate, Eric Locke (2013, seventh round), notched a goal and three assists Sunday in the Spirit’s rout of Kingston. The four-point effort was the second in 10 days for Locke, who has amassed a productive 21 points (7+14) in 14 games.
WATCH: LOCKE SCORES SHORTHANDED
Sudbury Wolves forward Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) added five points (3+2) to his season haul last week to give him 15 goals (tied for fifth in league) and 27 points (15th) through 20 games. The speedy winger scored twice and added an assist Thursday to guide Sudbury to a 4-3 win at North Bay, and then followed up with a goal and a helper in Friday’s shootout win over Peterborough.
London defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) netted a plus-two rating in the week’s three games. The steady defender has collected three goals, six assists, and a plus-13 rating in 19 games this season.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) was shut out last week as Victoria won twice in three tries. After the first 22 games of the year, the Minnesota native continues to lead the Royals attack with nine goals and 21 points.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) upped his point streak to three games Saturday with a pair of assists as No. 6 Providence earned the weekend sweep with a 4-2 doubling of Merrimack. The freshman defender, who picked up an assist in Friday’s 1-0 victory, has collected two goals, seven points, and plus-nine rating through his first eight collegiate contests.
Senior defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) was a healthy scratch for both contests. The Friars hit the road next weekend with a set at Vermont.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) recorded two shots on goal Saturday from the top-line center spot as Harvard lost to Clarkson 2-1. The West Seneca, N.Y. native will look for his first collegiate goal when the Crimson visits #5 Quinnipiac on Friday.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) centered the fourth forward unit Friday as #1 Minnesota was dealt their first loss of the season 4-1 at No. 4 Notre Dame. Isackson was a healthy scratch as the Gophers earned the split with a 5-4 win on Saturday. Minnesota hosts Minnesota State on Friday.
Freshman centerman J.T. Compher (2013, second round) enjoyed his first weekend break of the season as No. 2 Michigan prepared for this weekend’s set at Nebraska-Omaha. Compher has gathered five assists through his first eight games.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored a third-period goal Wednesday as Cedar Rapids dropped a 6-5 decision at Muskegon. The second-year man has connected for seven goals on just 17 shots this season (41.2 percent). The RoughRiders host Dubuque on Tuesday to complete the Oct. 12 contest that was postponed due to a player being severely injured. Peterson was suspended for that game and will not dress.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
MODO was off last week, and that was a good thing, with the international break giving Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) time to heal after injuring his knee on Nov. 3 versus HV 71. Possler’s prognosis was better than expected, with the right winger likely to return to action before the end of November. The 19 year old leads MODO with eight goals, 13 points and 47 shots on goal.
MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) will look to continue his stellar play Tuesday when play resumes versus Orebro HK. The 20-year-old stalwart, who has logged his first two SHL shutouts in the last two weeks, ranks second in the league with a 1.68 goals against average and tops all stoppers with a .947 save percentage.
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