SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Hurley extends his point streak; Fasching prepares for the Frozen Four
Big forward Hudson Fasching (2013, fourth round), acquired from Los Angeles on deadline day, will be the only Sabres prospect taking part in this weekend’s NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia. Fasching’s No.1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers will face North Dakota in Thursday’s second semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2). Union – featuring South Buffalo’s Matt Krug – and Boston College will square off at 5 p.m. (ESPN2) on Thursday, with the national championship game set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Nikita Zadorov (2013, first round) continued his excellent postseason play Sunday, netting a shorthanded goal and adding two assists to earn the number two star as London skated to a 7-2 victory over Guelph in Game 2 of their OHL Western Conference Semifinal. The hulking Russian has been a workhorse for London, who with the win have evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece following a 6-4 defeat in Friday’s opener. Zadorov has four goals, including two while on the penalty kill, and four assists in the Knights’ six playoff tilts. The teams head back to London for Game 3 on Tuesday.
London defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) was diagnosed with mononucleosis during the week, and is out indefinitely pending the results of further medical tests. The 20-year old recorded three points (1+2) in the Knights’ first-round sweep of Windsor.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) was kept off the score sheet as Victoria was defeated by Portland 6-3 in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal. Nelson, who finished with a minus-one rating as Victoria was blown out by Portland 8-2 in Friday’s series opener, has collected three goals and five points in five playoff appearances. The Royals trail the Winterhawks 2-0 with the series heading to Victoria for a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday.
William Carrier (2013, second round) remained out of action with a lower body injury as Drummondville split the first two games of their second round series with Val-d'Or. Carrier's status remains day-to-day heading into Tuesday's Game 3. The top-line winger had produced three points (1+2) in two games prior to being injured.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) extended his point streak to five games Friday with a pair of assists as Green Bay earned a 4-2 win over Indiana. On Saturday, Hurley saw the streak end as the Gamblers ended the regular season with a 4-3 win at Muskegon to claim the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The 18-year old pivot completed his rookie campaign with 50 points (13+37) in 56 games. Green Bay now faces Indiana in an opening-round series starting on Friday.
Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) stopped 15 of 16 shots Friday as Waterloo clinched a share of the Anderson Cup as regular season champions with a 5-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Petersen, who sat out Saturday as the Black Hawks earned the trophy outright with a shootout victory, completed the schedule tied for the league lead with 27 wins, while posting a 2.50 GAA (6th) and .915 save% (8th). Waterloo kicks off the postseason with a first-round series against Sioux Falls.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) posted one assist in the week’s two games as Cedar Rapids closed the regular season with a pair of losses to Waterloo. The St. Cloud State commit scored 16 goals in 47 games this season for the Roughriders, who draw an opening round matchup with Dubuque.
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