|Zach Metsa, Youngstown Phantoms (photo by USHL)|
After moving from the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL to the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, defenseman Zach Metsa has gotten off to a strong start in the top junior league in the United States. In six games played this season he has 4 assists with all coming in his last 4 games played. He has 15 shots on goals from the blue line in 6 games and was named the USHL Defenseman of the Week on 10/16/17. Metsa is projected to join the Bobcats in the 2018-19 season.
Wyatt Bongiovanni picked up his 1st goal of the season for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in his 5th game played. The forward and Michigan native had 30 points in 59 games and was one of the key off-season acquisitions of the Lumberjacks to rebuild their offense. He is projected to join Quinnipiac in the 2018-19 season.
Lincoln, Rhode Island native Matt Fawcett, formally of the Winchendon School has 2 assists in 5 games for the Sioux City Muskeeters. The forward is expected to play one more season of junior hockey after this one before joining Quinnipiac in the 2019-2020 season.
Goaltender Justin Robbins has played one regular season game for the Chicago Steel and struggled giving up 10 goals to the U-17 US National Developmental Team.
Domenick Fensore is the lone Quinnipiac commit playing for the U.S. National Developmental Program with the U-17 team. He has 5 assists in 8 games played between the USHL games and other events that the U.S. program plays in.
Matt Cassidy didn't make the final roster of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) but couldn't have landed on his feet better with a new team than the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He joins a team that consistently puts a good product on the ice and develops Division I hockey players. In 7 games played so far for Brooks, Cassidy has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) playing on the top line.
Austin Spiridakis made his AJHL debut as a 15-year old affiliate player of the Drumheller Dragons. The 5'10, 180 pound Spiridakis is the youngest player to play in the league this season. He was named the away star of the game in his first game played. Its is not common for 15-year old players to games in Jr. A hockey in Canada unless they show a lot of promise.
|Ethan De Jong (photo by James Doyle, Prince George Citizen)|
Ethan De Jong a forward for the Prince George Spruce Kings is tied for 5th in the league in scoring with 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in 17 games played. The Spruce Kings leading scorer committed to Quinnipiac on September 24th and will play one more season after this one of junior hockey before heading to Hamden for the 2019-2020 season.
Rhode Island native Michael Lombardi, a graduate of Kimball Union Academy (NH) was recently traded from the Chilliwack Chiefs to the West Kelowna Warriors. In 13 games played between both stops, the forward has 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists). Lombardi is expected to be part of the 2018-2019 team after a year of development in the BCHL.
Three future Bobcats are playing for the NCDC New Jersey Hitmen team in Daniel Winslow, Ryan Finnegan and Connor Tait. Winslow, a Connecticut native has 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 15 games. Finnegan, a native of Kansas has 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games played. Both Winslow and Finnegan are 1997 born players and will be with Quinnipiac next season. Tait, a 2001 born forward from Boyds, MD has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 13 games played along with 12 penalty minutes. Tait is also an affiliate player of the Madison Capitols (USHL).
Corey Clifton is playing for the North Jersey Avalanche U-18 team and has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 9 games played. He will age out of major midgets in February when he turns 19 and will have to find a new program whether it be in the USHL, NAHL or out to Western Canada. Clifton is an affiliate player of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL).
Jacob Quillan in his second year with the Steele Subaru Major Midgets is the teams second leading scorer with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in 13 games played. He is more than halfway to last years point total (28) when he was one of the youngest players on the team. He is tied for 6th in scoring in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. His older brother Nick is a freshman for the Colgate Raiders.
John Campomenosi is playing for the New Jersey Hitmen U-18 team after the past year with the U-16 team. Campomenosi, a defenseman also plays for his High School program Don Bosco Prep a consistent New Jersey powerhouse.
Prep School Commits
Ethan Phillips, a 2001 born forward out of Nova Scotia continues to produce for the South Kent School (CT). He is the team's third leading scorer after 18 games with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists). The right shot forward is a pure offensive scorer that plays a 200 foot game and is an affiliate player of the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL).
Fellow Bobcat commit Paul (P.J.) Fletcher, a teammate of Phillips looks to have grown considerably since last year. Now listed at 6'2 180 as a 16 year old for South Kent, Fletcher is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 16 game played. He is an affiliate player of the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL).
Victor Czerneckianair has been one the top U-15 players for the South Kent School. The Southington, CT native is third on the team in scoring with 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists). His 13 goals are second on the team behind Nick DeSantis. Czerneckianair has upside as an impact offensive player.
Nick Kent of the Delta Prep School is recovering from an injury suffered in the Green Bay Gamblers camp that will keep him out of action for the time being. He is on the affiliate list for the Gamblers.
Peter Diliberatore is a prospect for the 2018 draft is playing for the Salisbury School once again this year and is an affiliate player of the Central Illinois Flying Aces (USHL). The defenseman is a native of Nova Scotia.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.