Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cam Boudreau joining Quinnipiac for second semester

Cam Boudreau will be joining Quinnipiac in the 2nd semester (photo by Junior Bruins)

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will get a jolt on the blue line as they begin the second half of the season. The program has decided to accelerate NCDC Junior Bruins defenseman Cam Boudreau for the second semester of the 2018-2019 as was announced in a press release by the USPHL.

Boudreau will give Quinnipiac depth on the blue line as they make a push for the ECAC championship in the second half of the season and a potential deep NCAA tournament run. The left shot, 6'1, 180 pound Boudreau gives the Bobcats ten true defenseman on the roster but with both Zach Metsa and Joe O'Connor, both playing forward due to injuries, it looks like the coaching staff felt additional depth was necessary and therefore the acceleration of Boudreau took place. I originally had Boudreau as part of the 2019-2020 freshman class. 

The Salem, New Hampshire native was the captain of the Junior Bruins this season and finished with 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 29 games played this season. Overall in a season and a half with the Junior Bruins, Boudreau finished with 30 points (6 goals, 24 assists) in 74 games played. 


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In the Pipeline: 12/11/2018

Its officially the first semester break for Quinnipiac. After a 14-3 start and a #5 ranking, Quinnipiac has put themselves in excellent position for a return to the NCAA tournament with a quality second half of the season. Over this past weekend the Bobcats split a series with #1 UMass winning 4-0 Friday in Hamden before falling 3-1 the following night in Amherst. With no hockey for the next few weeks we will just have to follow more of the future Bobcats so let's see how some of them did over the past week.

Evan Fear won USHL goaltender of the week for the second time this season


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Jayden Lee had another strong week with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in three games played. The Powell River Kings defensemen now has 24 points (3 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games played.

Skyler Brind'Amour picked up a goal in three games played this past week for the Chilliwack Chiefs. He now has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 32 games played.

Tyler Ghirardosi picked up three assists in three games for the Trail Smoke Eaters. On the season in 32 games played he has 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists).

PJ Fletcher picked up an assist in two games played for the Wenatchee Wild. On the season, Fletcher has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 31 games played.

Christophe Tellier had a goal in two games this weekend for the Wenatchee Wild. He now has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 29 games played.

USHL commits

Evan Fear picked up his second USHL goaltender of week award after going 1-0 with a .963 save percentage in a 2-1 shootout win over Cedar Rapids. Fear on the season is 7-6-2-0 with a 3.30 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

Justin Robbins went 1-1 in two games this past week for the Chicago Steel. He gave up two goals in each game. On the season he is 10-6-1-0 with a 3.29 goals against average and an .880 save percentage.

NAHL commits

CJ McGee picked up a goal and an assist in two games for the Shreveport Mudbugs. McGee, now has taken over the team lead in scoring with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games. Look for a Q&A with CJ this week.

The points continue to pile up for Jack Silich of the Chicago Mission

NCDC commits

Cam Boudreau had one goal in two games played for the Junior Bruins. In 26 games played he has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) from the blue line.

Arytom Borshyov picked up two assists in two games played for the Northern Cyclones. He now has 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 7 games played.

Yaniv Perets gave up three goals in a loss this weekend for the Junior Bruins against the New Hampshire Monarchs. He made 31 saves in the game. In 20 games played he is 14-5-0-1 with a 2.19 goals against and a .936 save percentage.

Midget, Prep & High School commits

Jack Silich had three goals and three assists for the Chicago Mission U-15 team in four games over the weekend. On the season he has 75 points (29 goals, 46 assists) in 52 games played.

Oscar Plandowski was selected to the Nova Scotia team for the Canada Games that will take placed in Red Deer. He was also named as a first team All Beast Team for the U-15 level.

Victor Czerneckianair had a two goals and an assist in two games played for the Selects Academy at South Kent U-16. On the season in 33 games played he has 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists).

Liam McLinskey had a goal and one assist in a sing;e game this past week for the Don Bosco Prep hockey team. On the season he has a 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in four games played.

Jacob Quillan picked up a goal and two assists in two games for Salisbury this past week. In five games played he has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists).


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Andrew Shortridge named ECAC goaltender of the week

Andrew Shortridge (center), won ECAC goaltender of the week

The weekly awards continue to pile up for Quinnipiac players. After splitting a weekend series with UMass in which Quinnipiac goaltender Andrew Shortridge shutout the Minutemen 4-0 Friday night behind 32 saves many of which were spectacular, he was named the ECAC goaltender of the week as was announced by the league office in a press release today.

Shortridge, with the shutout win moved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his goals against average to 0.83 along with a .966 save percentage. The shutout was the third this season for the junior goaltender and sixth overall for the team. 

This is the first weekly award this season for Shortridge and second of his career following winning the goaltender of the week honors for the week of November 21, 2017. Quinnipiac is now on first semester break with a 14-3 record and a #5 ranking in the USCHO.com polls. They return to action December 29th in a non-conference match-up against Colgate at the Nassau Coliseum.  


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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Quinnipiac ends first half with 3-1 loss to #1 UMass

Quinnipiac fell 3-1 on Saturday night to UMass

In the first Mullins Center sellout crowd in 18 years, the #1 UMass Minutemen used three third period goals to propel past the #8 Quinnipiac Bobcats Saturday night in Amherst, Massachusetts. The loss broke the seven game winning streak for Quinnipiac and was the first for the Bobcats in almost a month dating back to the 5-1 home loss to Union. "I thought UMass was excellent tonight, Rand Pecknold said following the game. They played hard and they were hungry. Carvy [UMass head coach Greg Carvel] did a good job of getting his boys ready for tonight after last night."

The Minutemen came out flying to the start of the game with a ton of sustained pressure in the Quinnipiac zone. UMass threw 13 shots on goal in the opening period and Keith Petruzzelli (37 saves) was strong in the opening frame as Quinnipiac weathered the Minutemen flurry of shots. "For us we struggled mentally after the get-go and I thought Keith was really good in net. Wyatt was pretty good. Disappointing with our effort but you have to give UMass credit added Pecknold."

Quinnipiac showed a bit better pace in the second period but undisciplined play eliminated two power play opportunities before they really got started. The Bobcats struck first 8:24 into the second period when Chase Priskie wristed a shot past Matt Murray on the power play. Brogan Rafferty and Odeen Tufto picked up the assists.

Quinnipiac's 7 game winning streak came to an end in Amherst

UMass had a jump to its game in the third period and they were rewarded for it. 5:27 into the period after a sustained shift of pressure in the Quinnipiac zone along with a Bobcat turnover that came onto the stick of Colin Felix, he fed Ivan Chukarov who beat Keith Petruzzelli blocker side. The Minutemen took the lead when a turnover by Desi Burgart to Peter Diliberatore got picked off and found its way onto Philip Lagunov's stick before he fed Jacob Pritchard who faked out Petruzzelli for putting it home.

The Minutemen added an empty net goal by Bobby Trivigno to seal the win and deny Rand Pecknold his 500th career win. "I thought that was a tremendous series between us and Quinnipiac, Greg Carvel said. Two very similar teams that went head to head. I really like our team's play tonight for 60 minutes." For Quinnipiac this was the third loss on a Saturday night this year following a win. "We were poorly prepared tonight and the guys were mentally drained from last night. It was a 60 minute struggle, Pecknold added. In the end I think last night's game, the team that wanted it more won was Quinnipiac, and tonight the team that wanted it more was UMass."

Quinnipiac is now off for the rest of the first semester and will not return to game action until Saturday December 29th when they face Colgate in a non-conference game at the Nassau Colisuem in Uniondale, New York. 


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shortridge shines as Quinnipiac knocks off #1 UMass 4-0

Quinnipiac upset #1 UMass 4-0

In what has been their best effort to date in this turnaround season, the #8 Quinnipiac Bobcats shutout the #1 UMass Minutemen 4-0 before a rocking crowd at the Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena behind a sensational 32 save effort from junior goaltender Andrew Shortridge. The win gave head coach Rand Pecknold his 499th win as he will take his team up I-91 and into the Mullins Center Saturday night looking for the number 500.

The arena, which was loud and reminiscence of what we saw in the 2015-2016 when the team reached the Frozen Four saw the roof blow off just 42 seconds into the game when Wyatt Bongiovanni found a rebound in front and ripped one past Filip Lindberg. Quinnipiac scored again in the second period when Joe O'Connor from behind the end line found a driving to the net Zach Metsa who buried it past an out of position Lindberg.

Shortridge however was the star of this game with several clutch saves in the second period to keep Quinnipiac ahead in this game. The junior improved his record to 6-0-0 with a .83 goals against average and a .966 save percentage this season. He also recorded his second straight shutout and third of the season giving Quinnipiac its sixth shutout in 16 games played this year.

Andrew Shortridge was stellar with 32 saves in the shutout

Quinnipiac pushed the game just about out of reach when Alex Whelan's strong forecheck along the end wall won a battle for a loose which led to a centering pass to Craig Martin in the slot who roofed it over Lindberg. Martin scored an empty net goal to cap the scoring for Quinnipiac.

With its seventh consecutive win, Quinnipiac moved its season record to 14-2-0 (6-2-0 ECAC) and up to fourth in the ever important pairwise rankings. These two teams now head north to Amherst, Massachusetts and to the Mullins Center for a white out game as Quinnipiac looks to sweep the weekend series and lock down the 500th win of Rand Pecknold's career as they head into the first semester break.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Weekend Preview: UMass Minutemen

The Quinnipiac Bobcats have an enormous challenge with #1 UMass this weekend


UMass Head Coach: 
Greg Carvel (3rd season) 34-50-4
2018-2019 UMass record: 12-1-0 (7-0-0 Hockey East)

All-time vs. UMass: Quinnipiac leads series 7-4-2

UMass Key Players: Mitchell Chaffee (F), John Leonard (F), Bobby Trivigno (F), Brett Boeing (F), Cale Makar (D), Mario Ferraro (D), Marc Del Gaizo (D), Matt Murray (G)

Just as I said last week that not enough can be said about the job that Ron Fogarty has done, the same can be applied to Greg Carvel as well and maybe more. Prior to his arrival in Amherst, UMass had lost 88 games in the four years of the John Micheletto era. Carvel's first season with UMass was a massive struggle going just 5-29-2. After turning over the roster at the end of the season his team had a very respectable 17-20-2 campaign in 2017-2018 which was the most wins the program had in a season since 2009-2010. This season, the results have been even better. After starting the season 3-0, they lost to Ohio State before ripping off nine straight wins to come into this weekend home-and-home series with Quinnipiac at 12-1. Greg Carvel has awoken a sleeping giant and things are only expected to get better down the road in Amherst. This might be the series of the year so far in college hockey and one that features two pretty even teams in my opinion. 

The Minutemen returned nine out of its top ten scorers from a season ago with the lone player, Niko Rufo having graduated. This season Cale Makar leads the team in scoring with Mitchell Chaffee with 18 points. The top scorer from a season ago in John Leonard is just a point behind with 17. Senior transfer Jacob Pritchard has 15 points after coming in from St. Lawrence. Sophomore Oliver Chau who was the teams second leading scorer a season ago has gotten off to a very slow start with just three points. But other players have produced to make up for the lack of scoring from Chau in Brett Boeing, Philip Lagunov and Anthony Del Gaizo. Just as Quinnipiac faced an elite power play unit last week in Princeton, they will face one again in UMass who rank second in the country at 32.1%. Chaffee and Pritchard each have four goals on the man advantage while Leonard and Marc Del Gaizo have three each.

Just as the strength of the Quinnipiac Bobcats in on the back end, the same can be said about UMass. Cale Makar is a superstar in college hockey, having been the 4th overall pick in the draft in 2017 by Colorado. Mario Ferraro is a second round pick and they get really good production from freshman Marc Del Gaizo. Ty Farmer is another freshman that has been key for the UMass defense and is a plus 3. Combined those four players are a plus 28 on the blue line. They kill penalties at 87.7% which ranks them in the top ten in the country. They are fast and they move the puck out of the zone extremely well.

The Minutemen have gotten excellent goal-tending from Matt Murray who has taken a leap from a season ago. He has gotten the majority of the workload and is 9-0 with a 1.99 goals against an a .929 save percentage. Quinnipiac never faced Murray last season as Ryan Wischow got both starts when he beat the Bobcats twice a season. He is no longer with the program. The Minutemen's backup Filip Lindberg a freshman has also been excellent as well going 3-1 with a 1.73 goals against and a .936 save percentage. He hasn't seen a start since the November 16th game against Holy Cross. Murray is expected to start this weekend but Quinnipiac also could see Lindberg in one of these games.

With both these teams in the top ten in the country in goals for, goals allowed, power play and penalty kill, it makes this weekend so difficult to predict. One thing I want to see is a hard fought competitive series and an NCAA tournament type atmosphere. I think a split is something that I could expect given the way that Quinnipiac was swept last year by the Minutemen and how they won't want that to happen again. Anything more for Quinnipiac would be icing on the cake. 


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In the Pipeline: 12/4/2018

We are a day late in this since Quinnipiac keeps winning ECAC player and rookie of the week awards. That is a definitely a good thing and worthy of bumping this a day. Once again Quinnipiac dominated a weekend series as they swept the defending ECAC champion Princeton Tigers in a home-and-home series this past weekend by a collective score of 9-3. It led to Chase Priskie and Michael Lombardi being named ECAC player and rookie of the week respectively. With that said lets take a look at some of the future Bobcats who could win those awards down the road.

Jayden Lee is riding a four game point with Powell River

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It was another good weekend for Jayden Lee as he picked up a goal and two more assists in two games for the Powell River Kings. On the season he now has 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games played and is riding a four game point streak.

PJ Fletcher picked up a goal and an assist in three games played for the Wenatchee Wild. On the season, Fletcher has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 31 games played.

Wyatt Head picked up a lone assist in two games last weekend. The prior week failed to mention that he had three assists. On the season, Head is the 5th leading scorer on West Kelowna with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 28 games played.

Christophe Fillion had a three point weekend for the Wenatchee Wild in three games played. The Quebec native had two goals and an assist and now has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 31 games played.

Fellow Quebec native Christophe Tellier had a goal and an assist in three games this weekend for the Wenatchee Wild. He now has 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games played.

USHL commits

Logan Britt picked up a single assist in one game played over the past week. In 19 games played, Britt has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists). You can read a Q&A with Britt here.

Make that five straight wins for Justin Robbins. The New Jersey native gave up four goals in a 5-4 win over Central Illinois. He is 9-5-1-0 on the season with 3.46 goals against and an .876 save percentage in 16 games played.

Evan Fear had a tough weekend as he gave up seven goals in a pair of losses for the Green Bay Gamblers. On the season he 6-6-2-0 with a 3.50 goals against average and a .900 save percentage with one shutout.

NAHL commits

Quinnipiac's newest commit is CJ McGee who is playing for the Shreveport Mudbugs. The Pearl River, NY native picked up a lone assist in two games this weekend. On the season he has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 24 games played. Expect a Q&A with at some point next week during the semester break.

Arytom Borshyov returned to the Northern Cyclones and has 4 points in 5 games

NCDC commits

Connor Tait had a very strong weekend with five points on 3 goals and 2 assists for the Jersey Hitmen. He now has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games played.

Arytom Borshyov has returned to the Northern Cyclones after a stint with Tri-City in the USHL. On Sunday he had a goal and three assists in a 6-5 win over the New Jersey Rockets. In five games played he has 4 points (1 goal , 3 assists).

Yaniv Perets gave up three goals in a loss this weekend for the Junior Bruins against Syracuse. He made 29 saves in the game. In 19 games played he is 14-4-0-1 with a 2.15 goals against and a .937 save percentage.

OJHL commits

Nick Kent picked up a single assist in a lone game for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Kent now has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games played this season.

Midget, Prep & High School commits

Jack Silich had a goal and four assists in three HPHL games this weekend for the Chicago Mission U-15 team. On the season he has 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 46 games played.

Oscar Plandowski picked a lone assist in one game for the Selects Academy at South Kent School U-15 team. In 31 games played, Plandowski has 39 points (7 goals, 32 assists).

Liam McLinskey picked up one assist in one game this past week for the Don Bosco Prep hockey team. He has a goal and two assists in three games played this season.

Jacob Quillan has gotten off to a strong start for the Salisbury Prep team. In three games played he has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists).


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