|Matt Forchuk (photo by Pam Doyle)|
Another incoming Bobcat recruit ended the regular season on a high note. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) 1996 defenseman Joe O'Connor, a native of Hamden has been dominant in his last four games played with 11 points (4 goals and 7 assists). He missed the majority of the season due to an upper body injury but since returning he is averaging 1.2 points per game on the blue line in 19 games played. He finished the season with 22 points (6 goals and 16 assists) and is playing with surefire NHL first round draft pick Cale Makar (UMass Amherst commit) as his defensive pairing. A season ago he put up 52 points in 55 games for Brooks. He should be a player that can make an impact on the blue line next season with his size and offensive ability.
|Keith Petruzzelli (photo by Muskegon Lumberjacks)|
Odeen Tufto had a pair of goals in Saturday's 3-2 win for the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). The 1997 forward from Chaska, Minnesota native has seven points in ten games since being acquired in a trade from the Tri-City Storm. This season in 48 games played he has 35 points (11 goals and 24 assists). He originally began this season with the Fargo Force before his first trade to Tri-City. Having already signed his letter of intent with the Bobcats he is expected to be part of the incoming 2017 Quinnipiac recruiting class though he does have another season of junior hockey eligibility.
1998 forward Michael Lombardi helped his team Kimball Union Academy win the New England Prep School Stuart/Corkey Division Championship over the Rivers School this past weekend. Lombardi finished the regular season with 50 points (19 goals and 31 assists) in 39 games. He averaged 1.28 points per game for the year. He will now embark on a junior career before he reaches Hamden. Congrats to Michael and the rest of his Kimball Union teammates on a hard earned championship.
1999 forward Corey Clifton's high school career came in an end in the semifinals of the NJSIAA/Devils Non-Public Tournament in a loss to top seeded Delbarton 6-3. Clifton who had a goal in the game for Christian Brothers Academy, finished his high school season with 23 points (13 goals and 10 assists) in 13 games played. Clifton is now expected to play at least a season or two of junior hockey before enrolling at Quinnipiac.
Another New Jersey high school player committed to Quinnipiac is playing for the state championship of the NJSIAA/Devils Non-Public Tournament. 2000 defenseman John Campomenosi is playing for Don Bosco Prep against top seeded Delbarton on Monday March 6th. Campomenosi has only played in two games this season due to a injury suffered earlier in the season. He has two assists this year. Good luck to John and the rest of his Don Bosco teammates in tonight's game.
Steele Subaru Major Midgets 2002 forward Jacob Quillan has six assists in his teams first four playoff games. The highlight was a four assist game on March 2nd in a 9-1 win against the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs. Quillan finished the regular season with 28 points (8 goals and 20 assists) in 36 games played as the youngest player on the team. He played this season with players a year or two older than him. His older brother Nick Quillan is committed to play this fall at ECAC rival Colgate.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.