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CORNEL'S HAND REMAINS HOT FOR PETES

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Peterborough Petes captain Eric Cornel (2014, second round) remained red-hot last week, collecting three goals, five points and a plus-5 rating to help his team capture three consecutive Ontario Hockey League victories.

Cornel scored a nice goal Wednesday in the final minute of the opening frame of Peterborough’s 6-3 doubling of Ottawa. With the Petes leading 2-1, Cornel accepted a pass and got behind the 67s defenders at the blueline before speeding in to bury a backhand for his sixth goal of the season.

Cornel continued his upward trend on Friday, notching a goal and two helpers as Peterborough edged Sudbury 6-5 in overtime. Cornel connected just 44 seconds into the second period by taking two hard strides to the edge of the crease with his stick on the ice to push a pass into the net. Cornel, who also logged a plus-4 rating on the night, was named the game's second star.

Cornel followed up with an empty-net goal on Saturday as the Petes pitched a 3-0 road shutout at Sault Ste. Marie. Cornel's marker gives him goals in four straight games. He’ll enter the final week of November riding a career-long eight-game point streak.

The past week’s work, which comes on the heels of his appearance in Team OHL’s 2-1 win over Russia in the CHL Canada Russia Challenge on Monday, elevates Cornel to a point-per-game pace with eight goals and 16 assists in 24 appearances this season.

The Petes are off until Thursday when they host Sarnia.

WHL
Devante Stephens
(2015, fifth round) cashed his second goal of the year Friday as Kelowna dominated Edmonton 6-1. Stephens took the puck off the boards at the left point and wristed a shot to the net that escaped the goaltender's glove to give the Rockets a 4-1 lead at 12:48 of the second period.

Stephens wrapped up the week with a plus-3 rating Saturday as the Rockets tripped up Vancouver 5-2. The stay-at-home defender has six points (2+4) and a plus-9 rating this season.

Saskatoon defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) extended his point streak to five games Friday by picking up one assist as Saskatoon was hammered by Red Deer 6-1. The top-pair rearguard saw the streak snapped in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Lethbridge, but started another Sunday with one assist as the Blades concluded their road trip with a 5-2 loss in Calgary.

Martin is currently tied for seventh among WHL defensemen in scoring with 21 points (3+18) in 22 games.

Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) logged a plus-3 rating Tuesday as Prince Albert claimed a 4-1 win over Moose Jaw, and then contributed four shots on goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over Regina on Saturday. Through 16 games, Guhle has produced two goals and eight points for the first-place Raiders.

Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) was kept off the scoresheet as Lethbridge went 2-1 last week with wins over Everett and Saskatoon and a loss to Prince George. Estephan, who ranks third in team scoring with 25 points (8+17), has now gone quiet in three-straight games for the first time since last November.

QMJHL
Vaclav Karabacek
(2014, second round) posted a game-high eight shots on goal Friday as Baie-Comeau ended their 10-game winless skid with a 3-2 victory over Saint John. Karabacek again went without a point on Saturday as the Drakkar won their second in a row 4-0 over Halifax. At the 20-game mark, Karabacek has amassed seven goals and 13 points while averaging over four shots on goal per contest.

NCAA
Cal Petersen
(2013, fifth round) stopped 32 of 34 shots Friday as No. 16 Notre Dame played to a 2-2 tie at No. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell. The second-year backstop earned his 12th straight start on Saturday, making just 13 saves in a 3-1 loss to the River Hawks. The Waterloo, Iowa native is 5-3-4 on the year with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. Going back to the end of last season, Petersen has started the last 25 games for the Fighting Irish.

After being blanked in Friday’s tie with Massachusetts-Lowell, Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) registered one assist in the loss to the River Hawks on Saturday. Hurley has six points (1+5) and 17 shots on goal through 12 outings. The Fighting Irish next face Harvard on Friday in the opening round of the Shillelagh Tournament.

Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing in the second period Friday as No. 1 Providence defeated Northeastern 5-2. The junior defender, who has four points (2+2) in nine games, did not dress on Saturday as the Friars earned the conference sweep with a 3-0 shutout. The unbeaten Friars continue the schedule next Saturday versus Yale.

Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) opened scoring Friday with his seventh goal of the year as No. 7 St. Cloud State was defeated by No. 4 North Dakota 4-3. Just 2:20 into the action, Peterson finished off a two-on-one rush with one of his five shots on goal to give St. Cloud the 1-0 lead.

The following night, the sophomore forward logged one shot on goal as the Huskies dominated North Dakota 6-1 to earn the weekend split. After 12 contests, Peterson has potted seven goals, including two while shorthanded, 10 points and a plus-8 rating.

Freshman defenseman William Borgen (2015, fourth round) saw his four-game point streak snapped on Friday in St. Cloud State’s loss to North Dakota. Borgen ended the series with a minus-1 rating on Saturday in the Huskies’ victory, giving him five points (0+5) through his first dozen games. St. Cloud State visits Hudson Fasching and the Minnesota Golden Gophers for a pair of games beginning Friday.

Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) gathered four shots on goal over the weekend as Brown earned a 1-1 tie at Colgate before getting blanked by Cornell 1-0. Willman has one goal through the Bears’ first seven contests. Brown returns to action Friday in an overseas tilt against Colgate at the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) punched one shot on net Saturday as No. 2 Boston College doubled New Hampshire 6-3, leaving the freshman forward with four points (1+3) in his first 11 collegiate contests. Boston College gets back to work Tuesday at Connecticut.

Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) picked up an assist on the game-tying goal Friday as Massachusetts earned a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire. The freshman rearguard followed up with one shot on goal Saturday in a 1-1 tie with Merrimack. The Friday helper gives Chukarov two points (0+2) in 13 games for the Minutemen, who kick off a home-and-home series with Quinnipiac on Friday.

Jason Kasdorf remained on the bench as RPI edged Bentley 3-2 on Friday. Kasdorf (3-4-0, 2.46 GAA, .927 save percentage) was dinged up in a collision two weeks ago versus Clarkson and has yet to see any action since. The Engineers get back to work Tuesday against New Hampshire.

Sweden
In Wednesday action, Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) scored with a one-timer to finish a low-to-high play and added one assist as MODO skated to a 5-2 victory over Karlskrona HK. Possler, who recorded an assist in MODO’s 4-3 overtime loss to Linkoping HC on Monday, ended the week with two shots on goal over 18:48 of work in a 3-1 loss to HV 71 on Saturday.

Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) snapped a 10-game goal drought Saturday with his fourth of the season in MODO’s loss to HV 71. Olofsson one-timed a feed from the right-wing circle to get MODO on the board in the game’s 38th minute. The 20-year-old winger began the week with a helper in Monday’s overtime loss to Linkoping HC, and was then blanked in the 5-2 win over Karlskrona HK on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) stopped 33 shots as Almtuna IS was defeated by AIK 4-3 in overtime. Almtuna held a 3-1 lead after two periods before AIK took control in the final frame. The loss evens Johansson's record at 10-10 with a 2.48 GAA and a .911 save percentage.


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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