SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Hudson Fasching (2013, fourth round) recorded three shots on goal Sunday as Minnesota advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament Frozen Four with a 4-0 shutout of St. Cloud State. On Saturday, Fasching scored from the edge of the crease as the Gophers opened the tourney with a 7-3 victory over Robert Morris. Fasching's marker, which snapped a personal six-game goal drought, gives the freshman winger 29 points (13+16) in 38 games heading into Minnesota’s national semifinal tilt with North Dakota on Thursday, Apr. 10 (8:30 pm ET, ESPN2).
On Friday, Jake McCabe (2012, second round) logged a minus-four rating as Wisconsin was bounced from the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional with a 5-2 loss to North Dakota. A competent two-way defender, McCabe completes the campaign with career bests of eight goals and 25 points in 36 games for the Badgers.
Wisconsin winger Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) received limited work in the Badgers’ loss to North Dakota. The third-year man amassed nine points (4+5) this season while functioning in mostly a checking line role.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) scored his fifth goal of the season Friday as Providence advanced to the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final with a 4-0 victory over Quinnipiac. Florentino’s marker came off a wrist shot from the left point that sailed through a maze of bodies to put the Friars up 2-0 in the game's 26th minute. Florentino, who saw his freshman season come to an end Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Union, finishes the year with five goals and 11 points, while leading all Friars rearguards with a plus-12 rating.
Nikita Zadorov (2013, first round) jumped into the shorthanded rush and beat a defender one-on-one to score his third goal of the playoffs Tuesday as London rolled Windsor 10-2 in Game 3 of their OHL Western Conference Quarterfinal. The hard-shooting Russian, who on Thursday was unable to get on the scoresheet as the Knights closed out the series with a 4-3 victory, posted five points (3+2) in the four-game set. London will square off with Guelph in a Western Conference Semifinal starting Friday.
Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) scored his first goal of the playoffs and added an assist as London bested Windsor 4-3 to sweep the first round series in four games. Austin finished the first-round series with three points (1+2) and a plus-three rating.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) capped his strong playoff performance Thursday with a goal and an assist as Saginaw saw their season come to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss to Erie in Game 5 of the OHL Western Conference Quarterfinal. Kea rode his size and skating skill to gather four points (1+3) in the series while drawing one of the toughest defensive assignments in junior hockey.
Saginaw captain Eric Locke (2013, seventh round) scored his second goal of the playoffs Monday as the Spirit earned a wild 7-6 overtime victory over Erie in Game 3 of their first round set. Locke completed the playoffs with five points (2+3) as Saginaw was ousted in five games.
Following a 45-goal, 89-point regular season, Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) finished the postseason as a point-per-game producer as Sudbury was eliminated by Barrie in five games. The speedy winger collected a goal and two helpers Tuesday in the Wolves’ Game 3 loss. On Thursday, Baptiste collected two assists as Sudbury kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory. Sudbury was blanked 7-0 on Friday to end the year in disappointing fashion.
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) scored his first goal of the playoffs Wednesday as Quebec suffered a 4-1 loss to Rouyn-Noranda in Game 4 of their first round series. The playmaking pivot got his final licks in Friday with two assists as Quebec was eliminated with a 6-2 defeat. Grigorenko contributed one goal and eight helpers in the five-game series loss. Grigorenko was assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans on Sunday.
William Carrier (2013, second round) missed the final three contests with a lower body injury as Drummondville advanced to the QMJHL quarterfinal round with a 5-4 win over Victoriaville in Game Five of the best-of-seven tilt. The Voltigeurs move on to face Val-d’Or in round two.
Logan Nelson connected for a goal and an assist as Victoria earned a 4-2 win over Spokane to sweep the first-round Western Conference series. Nelson collected goals in three straight games and a total of five points after being a late scratch for the series opener. The Royals will face Portland in a second-round matchup beginning Friday.
In Saturday action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored the game-winning goal as Cedar Rapids got past Youngstown 4-1. The tally, Peterson's first since Jan. 29, gives the St. Cloud State commit 16 goals and 30 points in 45 games.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) notched five points in the week’s three games as Green Bay picked up a pair of wins. Hurley’s week, which began with a three-assist outing Friday in the Gamblers’ 4-3 victory over Lincoln, has 34 points (10+24) in 33 games since being dealt to Green Bay, with 14 of his 24 assists coming on the power play.
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 30 saves Sunday to capture his 50th career regular season victory as Waterloo held on for a 4-3 win over Green Bay. The 19-year old netminder had won just two of his previous 10 starts for the Black Hawks, who have clinched the top spot in the Western Conference with two games left to play.
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