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CORNEL CAPS STELLAR NOVEMBER WITH HAT TRICK, 6 POINT WEEKEND

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo Credit; Peterborough Petes)

One night after seeing his eight-game point streak snapped in a 3-1 win over Sarnia, Eric Cornel (2014, second round) notched his first-ever OHL hat trick Friday to earn the game's first star as Peterborough took down Oshawa 4-2. Cornel put his top-notch release on display with his third goal of the night, the eventual game-winner, at 14:08 of the middle frame.

Cornel maintained the hot hand on Saturday, scoring two more goals and adding an assist as the Petes again rolled past Oshawa 5-1 to capture their sixth consecutive victory. Just like the night before, Cornel earned first-star honors.

Cornel was simply superb in November, lighting the lamp 10 times en route to amassing 18 total points in the month’s dozen games. The production boosts Cornel's season numbers to 13 goals and 30 points through 27 contests. And with a six-point week behind him, the Peterborough captain has tossed his hat into the ring as a candidate for Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week honors.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) snatched his eighth goal of the year Saturday and added one assist as Baie-Comeau came up short 5-3 at Rimouski. The two-point night snapped a four-game drought for the talented Czech, who notched two shots on goal and was stopped in his shootout attempt in a 2-1 loss to the Oceanic the night before. Karabacek has eight goals and 15 points through 22 games.

WHL
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) rang up one goal and two assists Thursday as Lethbridge shellacked Kootenay 9-0. The top-line pivot had a quiet outing on Friday in the Hurricanes’ 4-2 doubling of Brandon, and then picked up a roughing penalty in the final minute of play as Lethbridge closed the week with a 3-2 win over Kootenay on Saturday. Estephan has captured nine goals and 29 points in 26 games.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) picked up an assist on the overtime winner Friday as Saskatoon edged Swift Current 5-4, and then notched another helper on Saturday as the Blades were defeated by Edmonton 3-1. Martin has assists in four-straight games and points in nine of his last 10.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) was unable to produce any points last week as Prince Albert won once in three tries. The steady, two-way defender has two goals and eight points this season, but has failed to get on the scoresheet in his last seven games.

Kelowna defenseman Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) continued his steady own-zone play last week as the Rockets won two of three contests. Stephens has six points (2+4) this season while logging an even rating or better in 13 of his past 15 games.

NCAA
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) continued his hot start by connecting for two power-play goals Sunday as No. 7 St. Cloud State earned the non-conference sweep with a 7-4 dismantling of Minnesota. The 22-year-old sophomore, who went without a point in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Gophers, has collected a team-leading nine goals to go along with 13 total points in 14 games.

After finishing with a plus-1 rating in Friday’s win over Minnesota, St. Cloud State defender Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) picked up a power-play assist Sunday as the Huskies closed out the Gophers 7-4. Through his first 14 games, Borgen has six assists and a plus-5 rating.

Hudson Fasching was his usual net presence over the weekend, but it did not equate to any points as Minnesota was swept on home ice by No. 7 St. Cloud State. Fasching has four goals and eight points through 11 outings.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) snatched a goal and an assist for the second multi-point game of his NCAA career Saturday as No. 2 Boston College blasted RIT 6-2. The freshman forward has collected two goals and seven points through his first 13 contests.

At the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brown winger Max Willman (2014, fifth round) notched one assist in the Bears’ 5-0 win over Colgate in the tourney opener. The second-year man came back with another assist Saturday as Brown and No. 4 Massachusetts-Lowell played to a 5-5 tie in the championship game.

Lowell won in the shootout to take home the Belpot Trophy. With the Saturday helper, Willman has points in two straight games for the first time in his NCAA career.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) scored his third goal of the year Saturday as No. 1 Providence remained unbeaten with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over No. 10 Yale. Florentino's marker gives him three goals and five points through 10 games played.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) logged a minus-2 rating over the weekend as Massachusetts was swept at No. 3 Quinnipiac by scores of 4-1 and 1-0. At the 15-game mark, Chukarov has amassed two assists and a minus-7 rating.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) allowed four goals on 23 shots Friday before leaving the game with 6:08 remaining as No. 18 Notre Dame dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 8 Harvard in the first round of the Shillelagh Tournament. The sophomore again earned the nod on Saturday, making 31 saves as the Fighting Irish claimed a 3-1 victory over Western Michigan. Petersen enters December with a 6-4-4 record, 2.55 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) produced four shots on goal Friday in the 4-1 loss to Harvard. Hurley was again held off the scoresheet in Saturday’s win over Western Michigan, leaving him with six points (1+5) through 13 outings.

Goaltender Jason Kasdorf did not play over the weekend as RPI upended Western Michigan before being blanked by No. 8 Harvard 4-0 in the Shillelagh Tournament at Notre Dame. Freshman netminder Cam Hackett has stepped up in Kasdorf's absence, backstopping the Engineers to a 5-1-1 record while the 23-year-old battles back from a lower body injury.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) was absent from the lineup over the weekend as No. 8 Harvard defeated No. 18 Notre Dame and RPI to capture the 2015 Shillelagh Tournament title. In six appearances, Malone has collected five assists, 14 shots on goal, and a plus-6 rating.

SWEDEN
On Saturday, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 28 saves as Almtuna IS defeated Asploven HC 5-2. Johansson moves to 11-10 with a 2.46 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) recorded one assist Tuesday as MODO got past Djurgadens IF 4-2. Possler was blanked in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Vaxjo Lakers HC, and was again unable to get on the score sheet in 19:52 of work as MODO skated to a 4-1 win over Rogle BK on Saturday. Possler has four goals and 12 points in 23 contests.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) recorded one shot on goal in 10:52 of action Tuesday in MODO’s victory over Djurgardens IF. With a group of healthy forwards battling for playing time, Olofsson was scratched for both of MODO’s games on Thursday and Saturday. The speedy winger has collected 12 points (8+4) in 21 appearances for a MODO club currently occupying 13th place in the 14-team league.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.

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