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Sabres Prospects in North America – Weekly Report, Dec. 4th

Vsevolod Komarov

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Some weeks it can be tough pinpointing a prospect to feature atop these Fanposts. Last week being a good example.

Matthew Savoie, in a scoring slump (which was short-lived, BTW), got top billing.

This week the problem is flipped.

Two Sabres prospects – Josh Bloom and Vsevolod Komarov – had superb three-game runs.

Who to choose?

Too tough to call, really, so let’s go with both.

Bloom has clearly settled into the North Bay swing of things after a mid-November trade from Saginaw. He had the kind of stretch that may earn him some OHL "Player of Week" votes.

Bloom scored five goals in his three games, all Battalion road wins.

His top performance came when he notched a hat trick in a 4-2 triumph against Kingston. Bloom scored twice in an earlier game versus Sudbury, and had a single assist in Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of Peterborough.

His big week upped Bloom’s season points total to 29 (13 goals, 16 assists) in 28 games.

Komarov is likely never to match Bloom’s offensive output from his position on Quebec’s blueline. But he gave the scorekeeper a workout last week in a trio of Rempart road triumphs.

Komarov had single assists against Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, before scoring an early candidate for Sabres prospects "Goal of the Season" and adding a helper in another win at Val-d’Or.

His plus-six overall play helped Komarov boost his season points total to 18 (2 goals, 16 assists) in 26 games. Komarov has nearly matched his entire 2021-22 output (2-17--19, 60 games).

North Bay next – Dec. 8, host Sault Ste. Marie; Dec. 9, at Mississauga; Dec. 11, host Saginaw

Quebec next – Dec. 9, host Val-d’Or; Dec. 10, host Shawninigan

Matthew Savoie, Center – Winnipeg ICE (WHL)

Savoie’s scoreless skein stopped at four games. The soon-to-be 19 year old (Jan. 1, 2004 birthdate) had a single goal in a loss to Swift Current, before adding two in a defeat of Prince Albert.

Savoie’s season points total is 29 (12 goals, 17 assists). His faceoff winning percentage (.538) was helped by winning 13-of-19 draws against Prince Albert.

Winnipeg next – Dec. 9, host Spokane; Dec. 11, host Regina

Matteo Costantini, Sophomore, LW – North Dakota (NCHC)

Some good news here, finally.

Costantini scored his first goal this season, UND’s opener against St. Cloud State on Saturday. The marker came after Costantini didn’t dress Friday.

UND lost both games to the Huskies, and fell to a disappointing 6-8-3 overall. UND was ranked No.4 in the first USCHO.com poll, and has since dropped to next-to-last place in the NCHC.

North Dakota next – Dec. 9 & 10, at Western Michigan

Ryan Johnson, Senior, LHD & Aaron Huglen, Center – Minnesota (Big Ten)

Johnson, Huglen, and the Golden Gophers are headed in the opposite direction of their long-time rivals from Grand Forks.

Minnesota stormed into East Lansing this weekend and swept previously red-hot Michigan State, 5-0 and 6-3. The Golden Gophers have won nine of their last 11, and are a real threat to run away and hide in the B1G regular season race.

Johnson did what Johnson does. Play steady defense. He didn’t produce a point, but played plus-two overall hockey.

Huglen had an assist in Saturday’s win. He was successful in 14 of his 32 faceoff attempts over the two games.

Minnesota next – Dec. 9 & 10, host Wisconsin

Devon Levi, Junior, Goalie – Northeastern (Hockey East)

Levi’s recent play hasn’t been up to his lofty standards. One week after giving up five goals against Western Michigan, he allowed three on only 16 shots in a 3-2 loss at ECAC struggler Union.

Northeastern next – Dec. 6, at Sacred Heart

Mats Lindgren, LHD – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Red Deer’s magical start to the season is all but forgotten, though Lindgren has picked up his offensive production.

The Rebels lost a pair of games to Saskatchewan foes (Saskatoon & Moose Jaw). Red Deer has dropped nine of its last 12 games after opening the season with 15 successive wins.

Lindgren scored in each weekend contest, and upped his season points total to nine (4 goals, 5 assists).

Red Deer next – Dec. 7, host Medicine Hat; Dec. 9, host Edmonton; Dec. 10, at Edmonton

Erik Portillo, Junior, Goalie – Michigan (Big Ten)

Portillo and the Wolverines probably aren’t all that thrilled with the weekend split they got in Madison against the lowly Badgers. Wisconsin took the opener, 6-3, after the visitors scored the game’s first two goals. Michigan captured the Saturday affair, 4-2.

Portillo gave up five goals in the loss, stopping 22 shots. He then needed only 19 saves to gain the win.

Michigan next – Dec. 9, at Michigan State; Dec. 10, host Michigan State

Jake Richard, Forward – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Richard and Lumberjacks ran into the USHL’s top squad to start the weekend and came away two-time losers. Chicago pinned 4-3 and 7-4 defeats on Muskegon.

Richard was active offensively. He had a single goal Friday, and went 1-1–2 on Saturday.

The Lumberjacks then drove to Dubuque, Iowa to face the Fighting Saints. They had a better outcome, skating away 7-4 winners. Richard chipped in with a season-high three assists.

Muskegon next – Dec. 9, host USA Hockey NTDP; Dec. 10, host Chicago

Stiven Sardarian, Freshman, Forward – New Hampshire (Hockey East)

Things got worse for the Wildcats this weekend. UNH lost a pair to long-time rival Boston University (6-2 & 3-0) and remain rooted to the bottom of Hockey East. The Wildcats are 3-13-1 overall, and 0-11-1 in conference play.

Sardarian didn’t dress on Friday. He played Saturday, but didn’t register a point.

New Hampshire next – Dec. 9 & 10, host Arizona State

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