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Sabres Prospects in North America – Weekly Report, Jan. 15

Olivier Nadeau

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Olivier Nadeau can’t stop scoring.

The Gatineau right wing lit the lamp in each of his three games last week, all Olympiques wins. Nadeau’s return from off-season shoulder surgery has been an unqualified success. The Lac-Etchemin, Quebec native has 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in nine games.

His best, and most memorable, performance came in Gatineau’s 7-0 drumming of Drummondville. Nadeau scored twice, added a single assist, was plus-four, and joined the Gordie Howe Hat Trick club with a third-period fight.

Gatineau next – Jan. 18, at Victoriaville; Jan. 21, at Rouyn-Noranda; Jan. 22, at Val-d’Or

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

There’s been recent speculation on this site as to whether Portillo intends to sign with the Sabres, or explore free agency come August. Until he makes a decision he’s a Buffalo prospect worth reporting on.

The big Swede had himself a wild weekend in Ann Arbor. Portillo was on the business end of a lot of Ohio State shots.

He first made 45 saves, but lost a 7-2 decision on Friday. Portillo bounced back wonderfully the next night, stopping 37 shots in a 4-2 Wolverines win.

The Buckeyes outshot Michigan, 91-48 over the 120 minutes.

Michigan next – Jan. 20 & 21, at Minnesota

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

The young Russian made his way onto the scoresheet for the first time as a college hockey player Sunday afternoon. The Sabres third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry draft had an assist in the Wildcats 3-1 win at UMass.

Sardarian had the lone helper on UNH’s second goal. The Saint Petersburg, Russia native played 18 games before earning that assist.

New Hampshire next – Jan. 20, at UMass-Lowell; Jan. 21, host UMass-Lowell

Matthew Savoie, Center – Winnipeg ICE (WHL)

Savoie put together a four-point week in two outings, though it was his goal scoring that stood out in one of the WHL’s games of the season.

Seattle visited Winnipeg on Friday in a meeting of the league’s two top teams. The squads entered play with a combined 58-11-2-1 record.

The Thunderbirds earned a 4-3 overtime decision in what could very well be a WHL Finals preview. Savoie did his part for the hosts, scoring twice.

Winnipeg next – Jan. 18, at Prince Albert; Jan. 20 & 21, host Moose Jaw

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

Levi and his teammates won their second successive Battle of the Huskies, beating UConn, 4-3 on Saturday. The win followed Northeastern’s 4-1 triumph last weekend at Boston’s Fenway Park.

This weekend's game was played in Storrs, Conn. at the brand-spanking-new Toscano Family Ice Forum. Levi stopped 30 shots, allowing his teammates to overcome 2-0 second-period deficit

Northeastern next – Jan. 20, at Merrimack; Jan. 21, host Merrimack

Josh Bloom, Forward – North Bay Battalion (OHL)

Bloom and his Battalion teammates kept rolling along last week, winning three games. North Bay leads the OHL’s Central Division with a 29-10-0-1 record.

Bloom didn’t make it onto the scoresheet in the first two games, but made up for it in the third. The Oakville, Ontario resident had three assists in a 7-3 triumph over Flint.

North Bay next – Jan. 19, host Hamilton; Jan. 20, at Mississauga; Jan. 22, host Sudbury

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

Johnson gets the top nod here thanks to his rifled long-range slap shot that found the Notre Dame net in the Golden Gophers’ 3-0 win on Saturday night. It was the senior’s second goal this season.

Huglen didn’t register a point in either weekend game -- the teams played to a 2-2 tie on Friday -- but was plus-three on Saturday

Both contests were in South Bend, Indiana.

Minnesota has taken complete control of the Big Ten regular season race with an 11-2-1-0 conference record. Ohio State (8-6-0-0) is a distant second.

Minnesota next – Jan. 20 & 21, host Michigan

Vsevolod Komarov, RHD – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

The Remparts made a three-game swing through the Canadian Martiimes this weekend, beating Moncton (4-2) and Cape Breton (3-2), and falling to Halifax (2-1, SO).

Komarov didn’t register a point in any of the contests.

Quebec next – Jan. 18, host Baie-Comeau; Jan. 20, at Rimouski; Jan. 21, host Rimouski

Mats Lindgren, LHD – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Lindgren continued his strong blueline play for a Rebels squad that had a 3-0 week. Red Deer captured close contests over Moose Jaw (4-3, SO) Edmonton (4-1), and Lethbridge (2-1, OT).

He didn’t have a point in any of the games. Lindgren has ten points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 36 games this season.

Red Deer next – Jan. 20, host Prince George; Jan. 21, host Brandon; Jan. 22, at Calgary

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

The difficult season for Costantini and UND continued.

The St. Catherines, Ontario resident played in but didn’t notch a point in a 4-0 home loss to Western Michigan. Costantini didn’t dress the next night, a 7-6 Broncos win.

UND is 9-10-4 overall, and a poor 3-7-2 in NCHC play.

North Dakota next – Jan. 20 & 21, host Minnesota-Duluth

Jake Richard, Forward – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Richard and the Lumberjacks split a two-game weekend set with Youngstown. Richard had a single assist in the Friday night game, a 3-1 Muskegon win.

Muskegon next – Jan. 19, at Youngstown; Jan. 20, at USA Hockey NTDP; Jan. 21, host USA Hockey NTDP

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