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CORNEL SCORES CAREER-BEST 26TH GOAL IN SIX-POINT WEEK

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
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Peterborough captain Eric Cornel (2014, second round) continued his season-long surge last week, collecting two goals and six points as the Petes won twice in three tries to inch closer to locking up a playoff spot in the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

Cornel notched his third consecutive three-point effort Thursday, snatching a goal and two helpers as the Petes claimed a 5-4 victory over Kingston. After netting an assist on the first goal of the game, Cornel gave the Petes a 2-0 lead with 1:11 remaining in the opening frame when secured a rebound and scored with a pretty wraparound.

Cornel kept it going Friday by connecting for a pair of assists in Peterborough’s 6-4 win at Sudbury. On the first one, he made a nice play along the boards after just missing a deflection to help set up the Petes’ first goal of the game. He’d later pressure a defender to pick up a helper on an empty-netter in final minute.

On Sunday, Cornel cruised through the slot and tipped home his career-best 26th goal of the year as his Petes were drilled 9-3 at North Bay. The marker gives Cornel points in six-straight contests, the second longest streak of his productive season to date.

Cornel has gotten on the score sheet in 11 of his last 12 games, thrusting him into the team’s point lead with 71 through 57 games.


NCAA
In Friday action, Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) crashed the net for his third goal of the year as Massachusetts was defeated by Massachusetts-Lowell 4-2. The freshman defenseman has eight points (3+5) in 32 games for a Minutemen squad that has won just once in its last 13 contests. Massachusetts closes the regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against Providence.

Jason Kasdorf stopped 37 shots Friday as No. 17 RPI was defeated by No. 1 Quinnipiac 5-4 in overtime. Kasdorf made his 15 consecutive start for the Engineers Saturday, getting back in the win column with a 19-save effort in a 2-1 victory over Princeton. Through 25 games, Kasdorf has compiled a 10-10-4 record with a 2.16 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. RPI concludes the ECAC schedule with visits to Colgate and Cornell.

Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) made 35 saves Friday as No. 7 Notre Dame dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at No. 5 Providence. Petersen was back at work Saturday with 28 stops as the Fighting Irish were swept by the Friars 3-1. Petersen has started all 32 of Notre Dame's games, posting an 18-7-7 record with a 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage entering the final Hockey East set of the season versus Boston University.

Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) saw his three-game point streak snapped Friday in the 3-2 loss to the Friars, and contributed one shot on goal the following night as the Fighting Irish were again defeated by a 3-1 score. Hurley has already topped his totals set last season as a freshman, amassing five goals and 15 points in 31 appearances.

Providence defender Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) remained out of the lineup with an upper body injury as the Friars swept Notre Dame. Florentino has provided a physical presence through 25 games for the defending national champions, netting five goals, 10 points and a plus-13 rating.

Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) potted his seventh goal of the season and made a key defensive play in his own crease as No. 13 Harvard played to a 2-2 tie with No. 16 Cornell on Friday. Malone, who corralled his own rebound and scored with a top shelf wrist shot, has goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season, boosting him to 13 points in 23 contests.

The third-year forward was scratched as Harvard closed the weekend with a 7-4 victory over Colgate on Saturday. The Crimson wrap up the ECAC schedule with a North Country road trip to Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

William Borgen (2015, fourth round) recorded one assist Friday as No. 3 St. Cloud downed Nebraska-Omaha 4-1. Borgen completed the week by finished with a minus-1 rating Saturday in the Huskies’ 6-3 doubling of the Mavericks, leaving the impressive freshman with 11 helpers and a plus-14 rating through his first 28 collegiate tilts.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored an empty-net goal Saturday as St. Cloud State earned the weekend sweep with a 6-3 win at Nebraska-Omaha. Peterson, who produced two shots on goal in Friday’s victory, has 14 goals and 21 points in 29 games. St. Cloud State next welcomes NCHC rival Minnesota-Duluth to town for a pair of games beginning Friday.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) submitted one shot on goal in top line duty as No. 2 Boston College skated to a 3-1 victory at Vermont. Brown went without a point Saturday while serving as the fourth-line center as the Eagles closed out the Catamounts 4-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games. The freshman forward has appeared in all 32 games, capturing two goals and nine points entering the final regular-season series with Massachusetts Lowell.

Brown winger Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) is done for the season after breaking a hand last Friday at Cornell. Willman ended the season with a three-game point streak to finish the year with two goals, eight points and 50 shots on goal in 25 appearances as a sophomore.


Sweden
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) notched a goal and an assist Saturday to thrust MODO to a 3-1 victory over Lulea HF. At 7:00 of the first period, Olofsson opened scoring when he broke down the right side and wristed a shot off the goaltender’s glove into the net.

Olofsson, who was blanked in MODO’s Tuesday and Thursday losses to Rogle BK and Farjestad BK, has struck for goals in seven of his last 11 games. He leads the team with 13 goals and 25 points while averaging just 15:02 of work nightly.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) crashed the net and tallied an even strength rebound marker Tuesday in MODO’s 3-2 loss to Rogle BK. Possler kept it rolling, earning assists in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Farjestad BK and Saturday’s 3-1 win over Lulea HF. Possler has points in three-straight games, placing him fourth in team scoring with 21 points (4+17) in 45 contests.

Almtuna IS netminder Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) was unable to get a win in three starts last week. The bulky backstopped 18 of 21 shots Monday in a 4-2 loss to IK Pantern. He was called upon to make just 17 saves Wednesday in a 4-3 shootout loss to IK Oskarshamn, and made another 23 stops Friday as Almtuna was dealt another 4-3 shootout loss to Tingsryds AIF. Johansson has won 22 of 39 starts for fifth-place AIS, racking up a 2.35 GAA and .915 save percentage with just four dates remaining on the regular-season schedule.


QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) connected for a pair of power-play goals Wednesday as Moncton snapped a nine-game winless skid with a 4-2 doubling of Blainville-Boisbriand. Karabacek, who swiped a crease-side tap-in before sniping the top corner from the left circle in the victory, followed up Saturday with one assist as the Wildcats won their second in a row 5-1 over Sherbrooke.

The Czech winger was blanked in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Charlottetown, leaving him with 24 points (13+11) in 37 games between Baie-Comeau and Moncton.


WHL
Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) produced a goal and an assist last week as Prince Albert won one of their five games. After logging a minus-2 rating in Monday’s 5-0 loss to Moose Jaw, Guhle scored a nice goal Wednesday when he took a drop pass and stroked a short-side wrist shot for his ninth goal of the season in a 4-2 loss to Regina.

Guhle earned one assist Friday as the Raiders again fell to Moose Jaw 4-3 in overtime, and was then blanked over the weekend in a 2-1 loss to Saskatoon and a 3-2 win over first-place Brandon. Through 51 games, Guhle has collected 24 points (9+15) while eating up big minutes against the opposition’s top lines.

Brycen Martin (2014, third round) registered an assist Sunday as Everett capped a three-game weekend with a 4-1 victory over Spokane. Martin, who previously combined for an even rating in the Silvertips’ 2-0 loss to Tri-City and 4-3 win over Seattle, has produced 35 points (6+29) and a plus-9 rating through 60 games.

Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) continued his steady defensive play last week as Kelowna slipped to the second spot in the Western Conference by notching a victory over Red Deer before splitting a home-and-home series with Vancouver. The stay-at-home defender has amassed eight points (2+6) and a plus-9 rating in 60 outings.


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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