SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
J.T. Compher is making an impression early at Michigan; Cal Petersen won three straight
|Cal Petersen (USHL)|
Waterloo goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) ended the month of November on a busy note. Petersen produced three wins in three straight nights, including his first shutout of the season, as the Black Hawks maintained their third-place position in the USHL’s Western Conference standings.
Petersen’s impressive stretch began Thursday with a 29-save performance in a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids. The two clubs completed the home-and-home series Friday with the Notre Dame commit stopping all 32 shots he faced to guide the Black Hawks to a 3-0 victory. Petersen trotted out again Saturday, making 30 saves as Waterloo edged Sioux City 3-2.
The rock-solid showing comes on the heels of a rough outing the week prior when Petersen allowed seven goals in a loss to the Team USA U18. In all, the 19-year old netminder has won of 11 of his 13 starts this year, amassing a 2.44 GAA and .920 save%.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) scored his ninth goal of the season Saturday and added an assist as Kitchener downed Barrie 5-3. Bailey's helper came as former Buffalo Jr. Sabres defenseman Frank Hora (Cheektowaga, NY) notched his first-ever OHL goal. Bailey netted six goals in 13 November games, upping his point total to 19 (9+10) on the year.
WATCH: BAILEY GOAL VS. BARRIE
Nikita Zadorov (2013, first round) scored off a one-timer from the point Thursday as London was defeated by Niagara 4-1. The big defender followed up on Friday with a shorthanded goal and an assist as London pitched a 4-0 shutout of North Bay. Zadorov, who saw his four-game point streak snapped on Saturday, has captured five points (2+3) through his first five OHL contests.
London defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) picked up a power play assist Friday in the Knights’ victory over North Bay. Austin has accumulated 15 points (4+11) and a sparkling plus-18 rating through 27 games between Belleville and London.
In Wednesday action, Nick Baptiste (2013, third round) connected with a five-on-three advantage and again for a shootout marker as Sudbury earned a 3-2 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. Baptiste picked up a pair of assists and got into his first scrap of the season as Sudbury got past Niagara 6-4. The speedy forward has a balanced 19 goals and 19 assists through 28 contests for the Wolves.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) logged his third fighting major but was unable to score a point last week as Saginaw won once in three tries. One of the league’s top defensive forwards, Kea has 11 goals and 26 points this season while taking most of the Spirit’s key faceoffs.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) pocketed a pair of assists as Victoria bested Tri-City 3-1. On Saturday, Nelson saw his five-game point streak come to a halt as Victoria dropped a 6-3 decision at Seattle. Nelson has been Victoria’s wire-to-wire scoring leader through 30 games, garnering 11 goals and 29 points.
J.T. Compher (2013, second round) buried a backhand rebound for his third goal of the year Friday and added an assist as No. 3 Michigan skated past Ohio State 4-3 in overtime. The freshman pivot has multiple points in four of his first dozen collegiate games, including three goals and four helpers in his last four outings.
WATCH: COMPHER VS. OHIO STATE
Jake McCabe (2012, second round) posted two assists over the weekend as Wisconsin was swept in their first B1G series by top-ranked Minnesota. The defenseman enters December riding a three-game point streak. He’s currently tied for second in team scoring with 10 points (3+7) through the Badgers’ 10 games.
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) produced one shot on goal and an even rating in the Badgers’ two defeats. The fourth-line winger has one goal while appearing in all 10 of Wisconsin’s contests.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) recorded an assist Wednesday as Harvard lost 2-1 at Dartmouth. The helper gives Malone six points (1+5) through 11 collegiate contests.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) logged a plus-one rating Wednesday as No. 4 Providence played to a 3-3 tie with No. 5 Quinnipiac. The freshman rearguard did not dress Saturday as the Friars won the annual Mayor’s Cup game with a 3-2 triumph over Brown.
Providence defender Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) was inserted into the lineup Saturday while Florentino sat out as the Friars won the Mayor's Cup game with a 3-2 win over Brown. Adams has appeared in four games this season, gathering one goal and a plus-three rating.
Minnesota junior Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) was scratched over the weekend in the Gophers’ sweep of Wisconsin. Isackson has produced two assists while dressing in six games this season.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) failed to crack the scoresheet last week as Muskegon lost a pair of games to Green Bay. Hurley has one assist in his last five games since returning from his gold medal performance for Team USA at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) extended his point streak to three games Thursday with an assist as Cedar Rapids dropped a 3-2 decision at Waterloo. Peterson’s streak came to a halt the next night as the RoughRiders were blanked by the Black Hawks.
Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 30 saves Thursday to backstop MODO to a 2-1 overtime victory over Lulea IF. Ullmark's performance, his seventh victory in 13 starts, keeps him atop the SHL leaderboard with a .945 save%, while his 1.66 GAA places second.
MODO's leading scorer, Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round), missed his eighth straight game Saturday. The right winger underwent further tests this week on his injured knee, but no further information has been made available regarding a return date, or whether or not he'll be able to skate with Team Sweden in the 2014 World Junior Championship.
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