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Devon Levi, Junior, Goalie – Northeastern (Hockey East)
Levi and his teammates looked a lot like they did last year in their season-opening, 3-2 Saturday overtime home triumph against Long Island University.
Levi (31 saves) stopped just about everything the Sharks threw at him – the usual stuff. And his Huskies’ teammates had all kinds of trouble scoring – more usual stuff.
Northeastern next – Oct. 7 & 8, at Vermont
Ryan Johnson, Senior, LHD & Aaron Huglen, Sophomore, Center – Minnesota (Big Ten)
Johnson and Huglen helped the host Golden Gophers sweep Lindenwood in their season opening series. Minnesota won by scores of 4-0, and 6-4.
The ever-steady Johnson had one assist in the two games. He had three weekend blocks, and was plus-one over the same period.
Huglen also reported home with one weekend assist. He won 16 of the 30 faceoffs he attempted, and finished even in plus-minus.
Minnesota next – Oct 7 (home) & Oct. 8 (away) v Minnesota State
Vesvolod Komarov, RHD – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Komarov and his teammates earned a split with the host Gatineau Olympiques in their season opening weekend set inside Centre Slush Puppie.
Komarov picked up an assist on Saturday’s overtime game winner, which ended 3-2. Gatineau bounced back to take Sunday’s nightcap, 3-1.
The assist was Komarov’s lone weekend point, though he led his teammates with five minor penalties.
Gatineau right wing Oliver Nadeau, a 2021 Sabres’ draft selection, didn’t play in either game. Nadeau is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
Josh Bloom, Center – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Bloom was involved in two high-scoring games in Saginaw’s opening weekend, picking up one goal and two assists over the 120 minutes. Saginaw defeated Guelph, 10-6, before falling to Niagara, 7-2.
Bloom was recently named the Saginaw’s team captain after returning from the Sabres pre-season camp.
Mats Lindgren, LHD – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Like Bloom, Lindgren got back to his team just in time to open his season on Oct. 1. And the promising blueliner was more than up to the task of slowing down the sensational Connor Bedard, and the Regina Pats.
Red Deer beat Regina, 4-2. Lindgren assisted on the Rebels’ second and third goals to earn the evening’s No.3 star.
Jake Richard, Right Wing – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
The Sabres’ sixth-round pick in 2022, is off to an excellent start in his final USHL campaign. Richard accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Connecticut, and will arrive in Storrs in 2023.
Richard leads Muskegon with three goals and one assist through three games. The Lumberjacks are 1-2.