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CORNEL HITS 20-GOAL PLATEAU FOR PETES

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Eric Cornel (2014, second round) notched a goal and an assist Thursday to earn the game’s first star as Peterborough rolled past Flint 6-1. After the Firebirds took an early 1-0 lead, Cornel buried a quick pass at the left side of the net for a power play goal with 5:57 left in the opening period.

Cornel maintained the hot hand with a duplicate effort Friday, ringing up another power-play goal plus a helper in a 5-2 loss to Ottawa. The marker was Cornel’s 20th of the season, putting him at the key benchmark for the second time in his Ontario Hockey League career.

Cornel, who extended his point streak to five games with an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win at Guelph, has collected 52 points in 44 contests while serving as the Petes’ captain.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) scored a goal with a nice backhand wraparound and added one assist in his Moncton debut Friday as the Wildcats skated to a 7-4 win over Quebec. Karabacek continued on Saturday, finishing with two shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime win over Charlottetown. Karabacek, who was seeing is first action since Dec. 5, has 18 points (9+9) in 25 games this season.


WHL
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) finished off a three-on-two rush with high-rising one-timer Wednesday as Lethbridge downed Swift Current 5-2. On Friday, Estephan recorded one assist as the Hurricanes cruised past Kamloops 6-2.

The crafty centerman resumed his scoring ways Saturday, scoring the game winner 53 seconds into overtime to thrust Lethbridge to a 3-2 victory over Prince Albert. The goal, which saw Estephan take a puck at center ice and break in for a backhand finish, extended his point streak to 11 games. Through 45 appearances, Estephan has captured 24 goals and 55 points for the league-leading Hurricanes.

Prince Albert defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) picked up one assist in the Raiders’ Saturday loss to Lethbridge. Guhle began the week with a pair of plus-1 ratings in wins over Edmonton and Kootenay, leaving the smooth-skating defender with 18 points (6+12) through 38 contests.

Defensive-minded Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a combined minus-4 rating as Kelowna split a pair of road games at Victoria. Stephens has collected seven points (2+5) and a plus-8 rating in 44 games with the Rockets.

After going without a point in Friday’s 3-2 victory at Vancouver, Everett defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) picked up one assist Saturday as the Silvertips defeated Seattle 5-1. Martin's helper gives him 31 points (4+27) in 43 games this season with Everett and Saskatoon.


Sweden
In Tuesday action, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 24 saves to backstop Almtuna IS to a 3-1 triumph over IF Sundsvall. Johansson picked up another victory Thursday, again stopping 24 shots in a 4-2 doubling of IF Bjorkloven. Johansson has won 18 of 30 starts this season while posting a 2.24 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) struck for his seventh goal of the year Saturday as MODO was beaten with one second left in overtime in a 3-2 loss to Karlskrona HK. Olofsson, who was blanked in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Brynas IF, has 16 points (7+9) in 32 games this season.

After launching four shots on goal Thursday in the loss to Brynas IF, MODO winger Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) assisted on Olofsson's marker in Saturday’s loss to Karlskrona HK. Possler has been averaging one point every other game with 17 (6+11) through 34 contests.


NCAA
Providence defenseman Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) was held off the scoresheet Friday in a 3-1 victory at Vermont, but came to life Saturday with a goal and an assist the Friars doubled the Catamounts 6-3. Florentino's second multi-point game of the year gives him five goals and four assists in 18 appearances with the defending national champion.

Hudson Fasching powered his way to the doorstep Friday for his 12th and 13th goals of the year as Minnesota got past Michigan State 5-2. The junior winger recorded two shots on goal the next night as the Gophers earned the Big Ten conference sweep with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Spartans.

Fasching leads the Gophers with 13 goals and 22 points through 21 games.

Goaltender Jason Kasdorf stood on his head Friday, stopping all 44 shots sent his way for his second shutout of the season as No. 20 RPI blanked No. 8 Cornell 1-0. The senior was tabbed for duty again Saturday, stopping 20 of 22 shots as the Engineers played to a 2-2 tie with Colgate.

Kasdorf, who has lost just one of seven starts since returning from a lower-body ailment, has a 6-5-3 record with a 2.01 GAA and .936 save percentage.

William Borgen (2015, fourth round) netted one shot on goal and a plus-1 rating as St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 on Friday and then battled to a 1-1 tie with the Bulldogs the following night. Borgen has nine assists and a plus-9 rating through his first 20 collegiate contests.

St. Cloud State forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) logged a combined four shots on goal in the win and tie against Minnesota-Duluth. Peterson’s 12 goals are second-most for the Huskies this season. He has amassed 19 total points in 21 games.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 24 saves Friday before giving way to senior Nick Stasack in the final four minutes as No. 13 Notre Dame smoked Merrimack 7-2. Petersen was called on to make just 16 saves the following night as the Fighting Irish earned the weekend sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Warriors.

Petersen has gone unbeaten in his last 10 starts to elevate his record to 12-4-7 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 save percentage.

Notre Dame sophomore Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was unable to get on the scoresheet in the victories over Merrimack. Hurley has three goals, 10 points and a plus-6 rating in 22 games with the Fighting Irish.

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) recorded a game-high six shots on goal Saturday as Brown was beaten by Yale 2-1 in overtime. The sophomore winger, who the night before logged a minus-1 rating in a 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs, has a goal and three assists in 17 games this season. He is currently without a point in his last seven efforts.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) produced one shot on goal Friday as No. 6 Harvard held on for a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence. Malone was again held without a point Saturday in Harvard's 5-1 loss to Clarkson. Malone has nine points (3+6) in 14 games while leading all Crimson forwards with a plus-9 rating.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) recorded one shot on goal Friday as No. 4 Boston College defeated crosstown rival No. 10 Boston University 5-3. The checking line pivot notched another shot on goal Friday as the club closed the conference set with a 1-1 tie. Brown had amassed seven points (2+5) in his first 14 collegiate tilts, but has since gone pointless in his last nine.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) notched one assist and a team-high four shots on goal as Massachusetts lost to No. 11 UMass- Lowell 4-1. The 20-year-old freshman was unable to gain a point for the third straight game Saturday in a 5-0 loss to the River Hawks. Chukarov has posted four assists and a minus-13 rating for a struggling Minutemen club that has won just once in its last 15 games.


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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