It’s been a while since Cole Schneider played hockey in Western New York, unless you count summers in the Fattey Hockey League.
The 25-year-old Williamsville native had his first practice with the Rochester Americans on Monday after he was part of a seven-player AHL deal between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators late Saturday night.
Schneider left home to play in the North American Hockey League then played two seasons at the University of Connecticut before turning pro at the end of the Huskies 2011-12 season.
For the last four seasons he was a regular for the Binghamton Senators and one of the top scorers. He finished his Binghamton career with 191 points (83 goals, 108 assists) in 263 games. With 42 points, he becomes the leading scorer on the Amerks roster.
“Cole is a quiet guy,” Binghamton coach Luke Richardson told reporters after the trade. “He’s still a quiet guy but you can see him being more confident as a player and a person. … He had to work his way into the lineup. He makes subtle, good little plays all the time. ”
The Amerks also gained forwards Eric O’Dell and Alex Guptill along with defenseman Michael Sdao.
Coming into a new team with three other players made the first day with the Amerks a bit easier for Schneider.
“We were sitting at home on Saturday night, got a phone call and I was pretty excited about it,” Schneider said after Amerks practice about how he learned about the trade. “I had a little bit more energy out there today. It’s a little different playing with new guys, but there are three guys who came with me, so that made it a little easier.”
O’Dell has 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists). Guptill has played three games in the AHL this season, 41 when combined with his time in the ECHL. Sdao had two assists and a plus-4 rating in 17 games for Binghamton.
The new-look Amerks play twice at Blue Cross Arena this week, hosting the Springfield Falcons on Friday and Toronto Marlies on Saturday.
“I think overall what we’ve accomplished possibly is a bigger, tougher group without losing numbers,” Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth said of the trade.
Rochester’s last game was a 10-5 loss to the Marlies in Toronto where Phil Varone had a goal and two assists in his last game for the Amerks. Varone went to Binghamton in the trade along with forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Jermone Leduc.
Western Hockey League
Giorgio Estephan (Forward, Lethbridge) – Remains sidelined with a lower body injury. He has 63 points (27 goals) in 51 games.
Brendan Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert) – Picked up his 16th assist of the season in a 3-1 win over Regina on Friday. He has 25 points in 55 games
Brycen Martin (Defenseman, Everett) – Has 30 assists and six goals in 63 games.
Devante Stephens (Defenseman, Kelowna) – Has two goals, six assists and is a plus-8 in 63 games for the Rockets.
Ontario Hockey League
Eric Cornel (Forward, Peterborough) – Picked up an assist in a 7-4 loss to London on Friday then was held pointless on Saturday and Sunday, snapping his seven-game point streak. He has 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) to rank 17th in scoring in the OHL. In the last three games is a combined minus-3.
Quebec Major Junior
Vaclav Karabacek (Forward, Moncton) – Has 13 goals and 24 points on the season.
Will Borgen (Defenseman, St. Cloud State) – The freshman has 11 assists in 30 games.
Christopher Brown (Forward, Boston College) – Picked up his eighth assist of the season in BC’s 3-1 win over UMass-Lowell on Friday.
Ivan Chukarov (Defenseman, UMass) – Has three goals and five assists in 34 games.
Hudson Fasching (Forward, Minnesota) – The junior scored the overtime winner just 57 seconds into the extra period to give Minnesota the win over Michigan on Friday as the Big 10 schools split their series. He has a career-high 19 goals and 34 points.
Anthony Florentino (Defenseman, Providence) – Had a pair of assists for the Friars in a sweep of UMass. The junior has five goals and seven assists.
Connor Hurley (Forward, Notre Dame) – The sophomore had a power play goal in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Boston University. He has six goals and 10 assists.
Jason Kasdorf (Goaltender, Rensselaer) – The senior gave up two goals on 25 shots in a loss at Colgate on Friday. Saturday he earned a tie against Cornell giving up three goals and making 29 saves. He is 10-11-5 in 27 games with a 2.18 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Sean Malone (Forward, Harvard) – Has not played in the last three games for Harvard. He has seven goals and six assists in 23 games.
Cal Petersen (Goaltender, Notre Dame) – Suffered his third straight loss in a 3-2 setback against Boston University on Friday then rebounded with his first shutout of the season, stopping 39 shots in a 1-0 Fighting Irish win over BU.
Judd Peterson (Forward, St. Cloud State) – The sophomore was held off the score sheet as the Huskies were swept by Minnesota-Duluth. He has 14 goals and 20 points..
Max Willman (Forward, Brown) – The sophomore has two goals and six assists.
Jonas Johansson (Goaltender, Almtuna IS) – Through 42 games has a 2.39 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Victor Olofsson (Forward, MODO) – Has 25 points with 13 goals in 45 games.
Gustav Possler (Forward, MODO) – Has eight goals and 14 assists in 48 games.