Monday, December 19, 2016

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 12/19/2016

With the first semester break in full swing, the coaching staff is making preparations and adjustments for the second half of the season and to possibly look for a third goaltender for the second semester with the sudden transfer of Sean Lawrence who did not see any regular season game action this season. With that said let's move to this weeks recruiting notes. The recruiting notes will not run next week as major junior hockey leagues have the week off for the Christmas holiday.

Matt Forchuk (photo by Pam Doyle)
It was another solid week for 1996 forward Matt Forchuk of the Canmore Eagles (AJHL). He had a goal and three assists in three games played. His 51 points (16 goals and 35 assists) currently lead the AJHL in scoring. He is two points ahead of his teammate Logan Ferguson for the scoring lead. 24 of Forchuk's 51 points have come way of the power play making him a possible future weapon for the Bobcats power play.

1997 forward Matt Creamer who is playing for the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) had a very good weekend scoring a goal in three different games. At 21 points (13 goals and 8 assists) in 36 games, Creamer has almost tripled his production of a season ago when he had 8 points (6 goals and 2 assists) in 47 games played.

Merritt Centennials (BCHL) 1998 defenseman Zach Metsa had a two point week in three games played. He had an assist last Tuesday and scored his second goal of the season on Saturday. In 35 games played on the season, Metsa has 19 points (2 goals and 17 assists). A disciplined player from the blue line, Metsa has the fewest penalty minutes of any regular player that has played 25 games or more with only four penalty minutes on the year.

1999 goaltender Justin Robbins made his USHL debut on Friday with the Chicago Steel. He saved 24 of 27 shots but took the loss for Chicago. He was called up as goaltender AleŇ° Stezka is playing for the Czech Republic in the Under-20 World Junior Championships at the end of the month. Robbins returned to the North Jersey Avalanche this weekend where he posted a 17 save shutout over the Colorado Thunderbirds. In 13 Tier I games this season, Robbins has been dominant going 11-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .933 save percentage along with three shutouts.

Matt Creamer (photo by Nanaimo Clippers)
The Bobcats other 1999 goaltender commit, Keith Petruzzelli had his second rough game in his last five starts. He gave up five goals in a loss to the Chicago Steel. Petruzzelli on the season is 9-6 with a 2.65 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with one shutout. He was recently named as one of the goaltenders for the USHL prospects game.

1998 forward Khristian Acosta had a goal this weekend for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. He is the Knights leading scorer with 23 points (8 goals and 15 assists) yet has only played in 22 of the 32 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

1999 forward Matt Fawcett (Winchendon School) has got off to a solid start this season. In 6 games played he has 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists) but two of the games have yet to record the box score so the numbers could be higher.

2002 forward Jacob Quillan has been a point per game player in the month of December. He had another three point weekend with two goals and an assist for the Steele Subaru Major Midgets. In 23 games this season he has 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists) but has really come on since the start of November. Not a bad last two months for the youngest player on the Steele Subaru roster who is only going to continue to get better in time.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.

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