Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Quinnipiac picked 8th in media, 7th in coaches poll

The ECAC released its preseason polls today and coming off a 9th place finish in the 2017-2018 season, the love was not there for Quinnipiac in either the media or coaches poll. The Bobcats were picked to finish 8th in the media poll and 7th in the coaches poll coming off the programs first losing season since 1995-1996. This was the first year I had a ballot for the media poll and I ended up picking Quinnipiac 5th. The offense should be much better with an influx of talented freshman up front that will help support returning leading scorer Odeen Tufto (41 points) and leading goal scorer Alex Whelan (16 goals). The defense returns four upperclassmen and goaltenders Andrew Shortridge and Keith Petruzzelli should be better this season. Quinnipiac opens the season with an exhibition game against Prince Edward Island on October 6th before kicking off the regular season on October 13th at Vermont. Here is the media and coaches polls in full.

ECAC Media Poll

1. Cornell (16) 246

2. Princeton (4) 217

3. Clarkson 200

4. Union 193

5. Harvard 180

6. Dartmouth 126

7. Yale 124

8. Quinnipiac 119

9. Colgate 92

10. RPI 56

11. Brown 47

12. St. Lawrence 40

ECAC Coaches Poll

1. Cornell (8) 117

2. Princeton (4) 106

3. Union 97

4. Clarkson 92

5. Harvard 89

6. Yale 64

7. Quinnipiac 63

8. Dartmouth 54

9. Colgate 36

T-10. RPI 28

T-10. St. Lawrence 28

12. Brown 18

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Liam McLinskey commits to Quinnipiac

Liam McLinskey (photo by NJ Sports Media)

Quinnipiac has dove back into New Jersey Hitmen pipeline with the commitment of 2001 born forward Liam McLinskey a native of Pearl River, New York. The Bobcats have done well with Hitmen players in the past with notables Connor Clifton, Tim Clifton and Alex Whelan having been key players for the Bobcats. McLinskey is a 6'1, 161 pound forward who currently plays for the U-18 Hitmen team where he has 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 3 games played so far this season. He is coming off a strong U-16 season in 2017-2018 in which he had 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) in 31 games played with 17 points coming by way of the power play.

McLinskey also played for Don Bosco Prep the past three years and had 21 points a season ago on 10 goals and 11 assists. He will once again be part of Don Bosco's team this winter as the captain of the team. He will likely head to juniors following Don Bosco for at least a season or two for more seasoning before arriving at Quinnipiac. Congrats to Liam and welcome to Bobcat Nation.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Logan Britt commits to Quinnipiac

Logan Britt, right (photo by Steve Sileth)

The Quinnipiac Bobcats picked up a defenseman commitment with the announcement by Logan Britt that he has committed to the program. The Crystal Lake, IL native replaces former commit Dom Fensore who recently de-committed and flipped to Boston University. Britt is expected to be part of the 2019-2020 Quinnipiac freshman class.

The 6'1, 174 pound Britt is a 1999 born left shot defenseman who played the past season with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL. In 52 games played he had 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists). He added another three assists in five playoff games. He also suited up in 14 games for the Wings in the 2016-2017 season. Prior to playing with Aberdeen he was a member of the Team Illinios U-16 team that competes in the High Performance Hockey League.

Britt was the 11th overall pick in the USHL Phase II draft by the Lincoln Stars and is expected to play for them in the upcoming USHL season before coming to Quinnipiac.


Logan Britt goal

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bo Pieper signs with ECHL Reading Royals

Bo Pieper (photo by Jenn Hoffman, Pucks & Rec)

Former Quinnipiac former Bo Pieper ('18) signed an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers per a press release as announced by the team. The Roseville, Minnesota native completed a four year career with Quinnipiac in which scored 65 points (32 goals, 33 assists) in 165 career games played.

He concluded his senior season in 2017-2018 by playing in 38 games played in which he recorded 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists). At the conclusion of the season he signed with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL), skating in three games and recording four penalty minutes with a minus 2 rating. Pieper was part of two Quinnipiac teams that reached the NCAA tournament along with the 2015-2016 team that reached the Frozen Four and was the National Runner-up.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

John Furgele signs with ECHL Maine Mariners

John Furgele, center in game against Colgate (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Former Quinnipiac Bobcats defenseman John Furgele has signed with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL according to a press release announced by the team. The Mariners will begin play in the 2018-2019 season, were formally the Alaska Aces but were relocated to Maine for the upcoming season and will be an affiliate of the New York Rangers. Furgele, who played one season at Quinnipiac after transferring from the University of New Hampshire following two seasons there, played in 38 games for the Bobcats recording 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) with 14 penalty minutes and was a minus five for the season.

A native of Glen Mills, PA, Furgele had one year of college eligibility remaining but graduated this past May. Furgele was a reliable defenseman for Quinnipiac and earned the respect of his teammates as he was an alternate captain for the team in the 2017-2018 season. In 111 NCAA games between the University of New Hampshire and Quinnipiac, Furgele recored 37 points (4 goals, 33 assists).

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Incoming Quinnipiac freshman Peter Diliberatore selected by Vegas Golden Knights

Peter Diliberatore (photo by the Salisbury School)

Incoming Quinnipiac freshman defenseman Peter Diliberatore, was selected in the 6th round with the 180th pick by the defending NHL Western Conference champion, Vegas Golden Knights. Diliberatore, a native of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada just completed his senior season at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He finished the season with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games played. Over his two seasons at Salisbury he finished with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists). He was also a member of the Yale Hockey U-18 program that made it to USA Nationals this past season.

The 5'11, 161 pound left shot defenseman is a mobile puck mover with good offensive skills. He was ranked 144th on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings. His draft selection marks six straight years that Quinnipiac has had a drafted player in the NHL Entry Draft following Keith Petruzzelli (2017), Chase Priskie (2016), Karlis Cukste (2015), Devon Toews (2014) along with Connor Clifton and Peter Quenneville in 2013.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Landon Smith signs with Karlskrona HK (Sweden)

Landon Smith, right in a game at Union (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Former Quinnipiac Bobcats forward Landon Smith has signed a one year contract with Karlskrona HK in the second-tier Swedish league Hockeyallsvenskan per a press release from the team. The 24-year-old Smith just concluded a four year career with Quinnipiac in which he played in 143 games scoring 43 goals with 66 assists. He was limited to 21 games played in the 2017-2018 season due to an upper body injury.

The Greenwood Village, Colorado native graduated from Quinnipiac this past May, helped lead the Bobcats to two NCAA tournament appearances, two ECAC regular season championships, one ECAC tournament championship and a Frozen Four appearance in 2015-2016 in which Quinnipiac finished as the National Runner-Up to North Dakota in Tampa, Florida. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team as a freshman after the 2014-2015 season.

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