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Sabres Prospects in North America – Weekly Report, Jan. 8

Jake Richard

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Jake Richard earns top billing here this week.

Richard, picked by the Sabres in the sixth round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, was named the USHL's First Star of the Night after scoring three goals and dishing out an assist in Muskegon’s 8-5 win Saturday over league-leading Chicago.

A Jacksonville, Florida resident, Richard earned an assist in the Lumberjacks Friday night away loss (4-3) to the Steel.

Richard leads Muskegon in scoring with 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists). He ranks ninth in points among all USHL skaters.

A right shot wing, Richard accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Connecticut last year. He will arrive in Storrs in the autumn of 2023, and will get to play his career there in the soon-to-be-opened Toscano Family Ice Forum.

Muskegon next – Jan. 13 & 14, host Youngstown

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

Speaking of UConn, the Huskies from the Nutmeg State played their Bay State nickname namesakes at Fenway Park on Saturday. They ran into a brick wall occupying the Northeastern net.

Fresh off the worst performance of his thus-far stellar career (an 8-4 loss to Harvard on Jan. 1), Levi bounced back in a big way against UConn. The junior stopped 29 shots in Northeastern’s 4-1 win.

Levi was at his best early, making 15 first-period stops.

Northeastern next – Jan. 14, at UConn

Olivier Nadeau, Right Wing – Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

Nadeau’s second weekend back from off-season shoulder surgery was impressive. The right wing scored once in a win over Acadie-Bathhurst, before chipping in two assists in a wild 4-3 overtime triumph against league-leading Quebec.

Nadeau has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in six games since his return to health.

Gatineau next – Jan. 12, host Blainville-Boisbriand; Jan. 13, host Drummondville; Jan. 14, at Blainville-Boisbriand

Vsevolod Komarov, RHD – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

The Remparts lumbering blueliner yet had another highlight-filled game. It came in Quebec’s home overtime loss (see above) on Saturday to Olivier Nadeau and Gatineau.

Komarov was named first star in that contest, and it was well earned.

He scored once and got forward often from his RHD position. Komarov then made one of the QMJHL’s defensive plays of the season, diving to stop a late-in-regulation Gatineau shot toward Quebec’s empty net after losing his stick.

Quebec next – Jan. 11, at Moncton; Jan. 13, at Halifax; Jan. 14, at Cape Breton

Matthew Savoie, Center – Winnipeg ICE (WHL)

Savoie and the league leading ICE played only once this past week, earning a 6-3 win over visiting Portland.

Savoie made the most of limited opportunity, scoring once and assisting on two goals. He was named the game’s second star.

Winnipeg next – Jan. 11, host Seattle; Jan. 14, host Medicine Hat

Mats Lindgren, LHD – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Lindgren and the Rebels played and fell twice this weekend. Red Deer lost ground to Winnipeg in the WHL’s Eastern Conference after dropping outings to Prince Albert (2-1) and Saskatoon (6-2).

Lindgren didn’t register a point in either game.

Red Deer next – Jan. 11, host Moose Jaw; Jan. 13, host Edmonton; Jan. 14, at Lethbridge

Josh Bloom, Forward – North Bay Battalion (OHL)

Bloom had a quiet week after storming through OHL competition recently. The 2021 third-round draftee had one assist in two Battalion games.

Bloom entered the week having totalled 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in his previous 18 contests.

North Bay next – Jan. 11, at Sudbury; Jan. 12, host Sault Ste. Marie; Jan. 15, host Flint


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

The Wildcats enjoyed a rare weekend sweep, beating Providence (2-0) and Sacred Heart (4-1). Sardarian played in both games, but didn’t register a point.

New Hampshire next – Jan. 15, at UMass

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

The Golden Gopher pair competed in what was the weekend’s marquee NCAA matchup. It pitted Pairwise No.1 Minnesota against No.3 in St. Cloud State in a home-and-home set.

The Huskies took the opener, 3-0, while serving as host. The Golden Gophers then won a 2-1 overtime contest at their Mariucci Arena.

Huglen and Johnson didn’t post a point in either game.

Minnesota next – Jan. 13 & 14, at Notre Dame

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

Costantini played in but didn’t notch a point in UND’s Friday night home win (4-3) against Lindenwood. The sophomore didn’t dress the next night in UND’s 4-2 triumph.

North Dakota next – Jan. 13 & 14, host Western Michigan

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