When Eric Cornel rejoined the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes to start this season, he added a letter to his sweater.
The forward was made captain of the team and it’s a role he took seriously. He capped off a tremendous November with a six-points in two games against Oshawa, including a hat trick on Friday night.
“It took a little time for Eric to adjust early in the season as far as handling the captaincy of our hockey club,” Peterborough coach Jody Hull said. “I worked with him, talking with him on different occasions and this month I think he felt more comfortable. He was going out and playing where earlier he was trying to do too much.”
Cornel was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, 44th overall, in 2014. At the end of his junior season with the Petes last year, the Sabres organization promoted him to the AHL where he played six games with the Rochester Americans.
Cornel was at Sabres training camp this year, but quickly was sent back to juniors for one more season in Peterborough.
He’s been discussed as a “two-way player” and while he’s showing offensive skill right now, Hull still sees him as valuable the length of the ice.
“He can be relied on to score some goals for us and create things offensively but he’s also been very responsible defensively. He’s hard working. He takes practice seriously. He takes off-ice workouts seriously and any time a player has that focus and desire to prepare to play every day, that guy will have success.”
In 27 games this season, he has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists).
The Amerks are on a three-game winning streak and have won four of their last five games. In a 6-5 win over Binghamton on Saturday, Nick Baptiste picked up two assists, giving the center nine points in 19 games. Team captain Cal O’Reilly leads the team in scoring with 14 points, while Phil Varone is the team leader in goals with eight. Justin Bailey has eight points with goals in 20 games, while fellow rookie Jean Dupuy has 10 points. The Amerks host the league-leading Toronto Marlies at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Blue Cross Arena.
Western Hockey League
Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge) – After a hot October, Estephan cooled off in November. The forward had 20 points in October (six goals, 14 assists) but racked up just nine in November (three goals, six assists). Lethbridge is on a four-game winning streak and is in third place in the Eastern Conference.
Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert) – Has eight points in 19 games (two goals, six assists) as the Raiders are in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Brycen Martin (Everett) – Martin started the season with Saskatoon and was traded to Everett on Monday. Martin is tied for sixth in the WHL for defensemen scoring with 24 points (three goals, 21 assists). He is on a four-game point streak.
Devante Stephens (Kelowna) – Has six points (two goals, four assists) in 26 games but also is a plus-10 for the Western Conference-leading Rockets.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Vaclav Karabacek (Baie-Comeau) – The winger has eight goals and seven assists in 22 games. He is a minus-12 for Drakkar, the last-place team in the QMJHL with just five wins this season.
William Borgen (St. Cloud State) – The freshman defender had an assist in the Huskies’ 7-4 win at Minnesota Sunday. He has six assists in 14 games this year.
Christopher Brown (Boston College) – Picked up his second goal of the season on a two-point night in a 6-2 win over RIT. Freshman forward has seven points in 13 games.
Ivan Chukarov (UMass) – The defenseman has two assists in 15 games.
Hudson Fasching (Minnesota) – The power forward has been held off the score sheet for three straight games as the Gophers are 4-7-0. He has four goals, two on the power play, in 11 games this season with four assists.
Anthony Florentino (Providence) – The blueliner scored his third goal of the year in a 4-3 win over Yale on Saturday. The junior has five points this year for the defending national champion.
Connor Hurley (Notre Dame) – Held off the score sheet last weekend as the Fighting Irish lost to Harvard and beat Western Michigan. Has six points with one goal this year.
Jason Kasdorf (Rensselaer) – The goalie has started eight games this season, but has not played since playing half of a 2-2 tie with Clarkson on Nov. 6. He is 3-4-0 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average.
Sean Malone (Harvard) – Has five assists in six games but has been held without a point in his last four games.
Cal Peterson (Notre Dame) – Let in four goals on Friday in a 4-1 loss to Harvard but rebounded with a 31-save performance in a 3-1 against Western Michigan. The sophomore is 6-4-4 as the team’s starter with a 2.55 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Judd Peterson (St. Cloud State) – The sophomore had a three-point night in a 7-4 win at Minnesota on Sunday, netting two power play goals with an assist. He has nine goals, including two shorties, this season.
Max Willman (Brown) – Had an assist in Brown’s 5-5 tie against UMass-Lowell on Saturday. He has three points in nine games this season.
Jonas Johansson (Almtuna IS) – Through 22 games has a 2.46 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in the Swedish League.
Victor Olofsson (MODO) – Has 12 points with four goals in 21 games in Sweden.
Gustav Possler (MODO) – Has four goals and eight assists in 23 games.