Monday, May 21, 2018

In the Pipeline: 5/21/2018

With the junior hockey season officially coming to an end that means its also the official end of our In the Pipeline feature. It will return again in the fall presumably in October when the hockey season kicks off. I want to wish everyone a great summer and also a congratulations to the newest graduates of Quinnipiac University, the class of 2018. Best of luck in all your future en-devours. Here is the final In the Pipeline of the season so enjoy.





USHL commits
William Fallstrom capped his junior career with a Clark Cup championship for the Fargo Force. In four championship series games he logged one assist. He finished the season with 54 points (16 goals, 38 assists) in 72 games which includes the Clark Cup playoffs. Congrats William on the Clark Cup win and hope you get more hardware during your time in Hamden.

BCHL commits

The season has come to a close for Nick Kent and his Wenatchee Wild as they fell in the 2018 RBC Cup semifinals to the Wellington Dukes. Kent was held scoreless in three games played. He finished the season with 2 assists in 47 games for the BCHL champions. He is expected to return to Wenatchee next season.


Other notes

Two Quinnipiac commits were selected to the USA Hockey National Camp. 2001 forward Connor Tait was selected out of the Southeast District and 2003 forward Jack Silich was selected out of the Central District. Congrats to the both of them.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Q&A with Quinnipiac commit Tyler Ghirardosi

Tyler Ghirardosi (photo by Jim Bailey/Trail Times)
The Trail to Quinnipiac pipeline has once again been extended. Quinnipiac has found past success in recent years out of Trail, British Columbia, Canada with Travis St. Denis and current Bobcats Craig Martin and Scott Davidson. Starting in the 2019-2020 season, Quinnipiac will have another Trail product in 1999 born forward Tyler Ghirardosi who committed to Quinnipiac on May 13th. Coming off a successful rookie season with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL), Ghirardosi will give Quinnipiac some size and scoring up front. Tyler was gracious enough to give the BobcatsHockeyBlog some time for a Q&A this week and we thank him to the time and once again welcome him to Bobcat Nation.


BobcatsHockeyBlogFirst off congratulations. What are your emotions like after making this decision to commit to Quinnipiac?

Tyler Ghirardosi: Thank you! It is a lot of excitement. During my visit I loved what I’d seen with the campus and facilities so I had a good gut feeling.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us about your overall recruiting experience? Did you recently visit the Quinnipiac campus?

Tyler Ghirardosi: It’s a pretty cool experience, you get treated very well by anyone you meet, they did a great job of making me feel welcome. I visited the campus the last weekend the students were still there. Its a beautiful campus and the rink is unreal. It was an overall awesome experience for me.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: When did the Quinnipiac staff first reach out to you to show their interest in you as a player?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I believe it started back in mid January.

BobcatsHockeyBlogDid any other NCAA schools show interest in you and did you have offers from any others?

Tyler Ghirardosi: Yes. I had interest from a couple other programs but I narrowed it down and decided Quinnipiac would be the best fit for me as a player and as a student.

BobcatsHockeyBlogA lot of players I have seen recently prior to playing in the BCHL usually play major midgets or in the CSSHL. You took a different route playing Junior B hockey. What led you down that path as opposed to those two other options?

Tyler Ghirardosi: Good question. The main thing I guess to me is that it was better hockey and I think a better stepping stone to take me into junior hockey. The KIJHL is a good Junior B league to play in.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYou had a very solid rookie season with 40 points in 57 games along with another 8 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs. What helped prepare you for such a solid season as a rookie?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I think that I was just given the opportunity by the coach. It definitely helps your confidence when the coach believes in you. Our team this year was offensively gifted which always helps as we had four lines that could score. I have to give credit to my line mates as I played with the same guys for the most of the year and they made it easy to communicate and made it fun.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us about your overall game as a player. What are some of your strengths?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I think I would describe myself as a power forward who likes to play a physical game. I like to be in the corners and use my size.

BobcatsHockeyBlogAfter seeing highlights of your goal against Penticton would you say that hand eye coordination is a strength of yours?

Tyler Ghirardosi: Ha Ha. Yes I guess so. I played a lot of street hockey growing up.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYou are not coming to Quinnipiac until the 2019-2020 so between now and then what are some of the areas you want to improve upon as a player?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I’d like to improve lower body strength and improve my skating, I’m aware that that’s an area I have to work on. You have to be fast in this and any league you play in.

BobcatsHockeyBlogMany players leave home to play junior hockey but you stayed home in Trail to play for the Smoke Eaters. Is there any added pressure to play in front of family and friends day in and day out?

Tyler Ghirardosi: No I don’t think so. They are there to support you, so I find that it makes it easy to play in front of them.

BobcatsHockeyBlogQuinnipiac has a couple of Trail guys in Craig Martin and Scott Davidson. How influential were they in helping you during your visit?

Tyler Ghirardosi: They helped a lot. I was basically with them for the whole time. It helped knowing someone as it’s easier to ask questions and stuff like that. They made it an enjoyable visit.

BobcatsHockeyBlogIs there any player that you try to model your game after?

Tyler Ghirardosi: Yes I do and would love to be Evgeni Malkin. He is a fun player to watch and his size, hands, and hockey IQ are things I want to match.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: To this point in your life who has been your biggest influence or role model to help you get this opportunity to play Division 1 NCAA hockey?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I think my twin brother Devin. Growing up everything you can think of was a competition. And of course growing up playing hockey together until this past year, we pushed each other in everything we did so I think that would be what influenced me.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us what type of person the Quinnipiac community will get in Tyler Ghirardosi on and off the ice?

Tyler Ghirardosi: You’ll be getting an adult that will come to the rink everyday to work. I'll know my role and I won’t try to be someone I’m not. I’m not a guy that will say very many words but I like to lead by example. That’s the same thing in the classroom. I’m there to do my work, hand in assignments on time and go to class. And for the community, I’m someone you can depend on to get stuff done as I hold my self accountable. I’ll be equally respectful and responsible in all those areas.

BobcatsHockeyBlogOff the ice what do you enjoy doing when you are not playing hockey?

Tyler Ghirardosi: I’m a big fisherman as my father and I go out a lot during the summer months here in Trail.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Q&A with Quinnipiac commit Artyom "Arty" Borshyov

Artyom "Arty" Borshyov, left at Under-18 WC (photo by Steve Kingsman)


Quinnipiac will be adding another European player to their roster in the near future with the recent commitment of Belarus native Artyom Borshyov. "Arty" as he likes to be called just captained the Belarus Under-18 team to a quarterfinal finish at the World Championships in Russia before committing to Quinnipiac for the 2019-2020 season. Currently back home in the Belarus training for the upcoming season, Arty was gracious enough to give the BobcatsHockeyBlog some time for a Q&A about hockey, his transition to playing in the United States and his international playing experience. Thanks again to Arty and welcome again to Bobcat Nation. 


BobcatsHockeyBlogFirst off congratulations. What are feelings like after making this decision?

Artyom Borshyov: I’m very excited to join this program! It is unbelievable like in a fairy tale. My whole family are very excited.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us when you first started playing hockey and how you got into it?

Artyom Borshyov: I started to play hockey when I was 7-years-old. At first I wasn’t doing great at it, but after a couple years, I began to take hockey more seriously and it helped me a lot.

BobcatsHockeyBlogMost people know that Belarus was part of the former USSR which dominated international hockey prior to the breakup in the late 1980's early 1990's. What is hockey like in Belarus today and is the talent level rising in the country?

Artyom Borshyov: Yes, the talent level is rising. Hockey is the biggest sport in Belarus. Everyone loves it. As for the national teams for (U-17 and U-18) they have exactly the same program like you guys have with the United States National Developmental Program.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYou recently played in the Under-18 World Championships for the second time in two years and captained this years team. What was that experience like?

Artyom Borshyov: It was unbelievable experience! Last year was the first year in 10 years that we played in elite division. We were in last place in the group and we played Latvia in the relegation round. It was the first time in 14 years that Belarus stayed in Elite division. That was awesome.
This year we did even better! For the first time in 16 years we went to a playoff round (lost in quarterfinals to eventual gold medal winner Finland). It was incredible especially for me because I was the team captain.

BobcatsHockeyBlogPrior the Under-18 World Championships did you have any contact with Quinnipiac or was it after playing the United States where Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold was an assistant did the recruiting of you start?


Artyom Borshyov: I didn’t have any contact with coach Pecknold before Under-18 World Championships. It was after the game, when we played the United States, we met each other and talked about Quinnipiac University.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWere other programs showing interest in you and if so which ones?

Artyom Borshyov: I think RPI was the first school that called my coach Bill Flanagan of the Northern Cyclones.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Is it safe to assume you committed to Quinnipiac without having visited the campus given the timeline of the world championships being held recently and you currently back in your native Belarus?

Artyom Borshyov: That is the case but the first thing I will do after I will be done with my school here in Belarus is to visit the Quinnipiac campus over the summer.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat factors went into committing to Quinnipiac after meeting with coach Pecknold at the Under-18 World Championships?

Artyom Borshyov: He said that they liked the way I played at World Championships. He told me a lot about the school and it wasn’t a big problem for me to make a decision without going for a visit.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us about your overall game. What are some of your strengths as a player?

Artyom Borshyov: I like to play more of an offensive style for a defenseman. I like to jump in on the rushes, make some good plays and to play more in the offense zone rather than defensive zone.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat are some of the areas of your game you want to improve on before reaching Quinnipiac?

Artyom Borshyov: I think I need to work on my skating especially on the transitions, because NCAA Division I hockey is some of the fastest hockey in the world.

BobcatsHockeyBlogAre their plans for you to work with a skating coach this summer to improve that part of your game?

Artyom Borshyov: Yes, we have a good skating coach here so I will be practicing with him to improve my skating ability to try to make it a strength going forward.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYou were recently drafted by Tri-City in the USHL. Do you have any plans to try to make Tri-City in 2018-2019 or will you be returning to the Northern Cyclones again for next season?

Artyom Borshyov: I will be going to the Tri-City main training camp and I will be trying to make the team's roster for the upcoming season.

BobcatsHockeyBlogBeing a 2000 birthday you will be eligible for the NHL draft for the first time. Have you had any contact yet with NHL clubs or scouts?

Artyom Borshyov: I think a couple of NHL clubs were in touch with my coach from the Northern Cyclones.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat made you decide you wanted to play midget and junior hockey in the United States and was it a tough transition being so far from home?

Artyom Borshyov: Obviously hockey is better here and if you want to get better you have to leave and come to the United States. My first year was a tough because my whole life changed especially being in a different city, different country with different cultures and traditions.

BobcatsHockeyBlogIs there any player that you try to model your game after?

Artyom Borshyov: Not really, I like a lot of players but I’m not trying to model my game after anyone in particular.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Who has been the most influential person or persons in your life that have helped you get to this point?

Artyom Borshyov: My mum and dad. I would like to say thank you to them. Because without them I will not be in the position I am in right now with the opportunity to play NCAA Division I hockey.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us the type of person that the Quinnipiac University community is going to get in you?

Artyom Borshyov: I am a hard working person who has worked hard everywhere I played or when I have done something in life.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat are some of things that Artyom Borshyov likes to do off the ice when he is not playing hockey?

Artyom Borshyov: I enjoy playing video games and soccer.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Tyler Ghirardosi commits to Quinnipiac

Tyler Ghirardosi's game winning goal in game earlier this season (photo by Jim Bailey)

Quinnipiac picked up another recruit, this time on Mother's Day as late 1999 born forward Tyler Ghirardosi verbally committed to the Bobcats for the 2019-2020 season. A native of Trail, British Columbia, Canada, the 6'2, 185 pound Ghirardosi was a rookie this season for the Trail Smoke Eaters in the BCHL.

Proud and excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Quinnipiac University, I would like to thank everyone that’s helped me along the way!

In 57 regular season games, Ghirardosi had 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) with 56 penalty minutes. 11 of the games were of the multi-point variety. He added another 8 goals and 2 assists in 12 playoff games for the Smoke Eaters including a highlight reel goal against the Penticton Vees in which he flashed strong hands and stick handling ability.

Prior to his rookie season with Trail, Ghiradosi spent the last two seasons in Junior B with the Beaver Valley NiteHawks of the KIJHL. In 73 total games over two seasons he had 69 points (32 goals, 37 assists). He had another 12 goals and 13 assists in 30 playoffs games over those two seasons.

The Trail, BC pipeline has been very favorable to the Bobcats in recent years netting star forward Travis St. Denis and current Bobcats Craig Martin and Scott Davidson. Congratulations to Tyler and his family on this great achievement and welcome to Bobcat Nation.


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Four Quinnipiac commits selected in USHL draft



Four Quinnipiac commits were selected over the two day Phase I and Phase II USHL Draft that took place on Monday night and Tuesday. Two players were taken in the Phase I portion on Monday which features 2002 born prospects.

Jacob Quillan was selected in the 8th round with the 117th pick by the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. A native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, Quillan played this season for the Steele Subaru Major Midgets where he had 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) in 54 games played. I have heard rumblings he is likely to play prep hockey somewhere in New England next season. He is the younger brother of Colgate defenseman Nick Quillan.

One pick later Victor Czerneckianair had his name called by the Tri-City Storm with the 118th pick in the 8th round. I for one expected him to go within the first four to five rounds so Tri-City got nice value with this pick. Czerneckianair spent the past season with the Selects Academy at South Kent U-15 team where he had 76 points (34 goals, 42 assists) in 55 games. As of right now it is expected he will return to South Kent to play for the U-16 team next season.

In Phase II portion on Tuesday, Quinnipiac had two players selected in late 1999 born defenseman Cameron Boudreau and the newest commit 2000 born defenseman Artyom Borshyov. Boudreau was selected in the 4th round, 55th overall by the Chicago Steel. He most recently played for the Jr. Bruins (NCDC) where he put up 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 48 games played. He is ranked the 189th for North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting list. It's unknown if Boudreau will attempt to make Chicago next season at the teams training camp or return to the Jr. Bruins.

Borshyov, the newest Quinnipiac commit was selected in the 17th round, 266th overall by Tri-City. A native of Belarus, Borshyov played this past season for the Northern Cyclones (NCDC) where he had 30 points (6 goals, 24 assists) in 53 games played. He captained Belarus at the IIHF U-18 World Championships. Its not known at this time if Borshyov will try to make Tri-City at the teams training camp or return to the Northern Cyclones.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Artyom Borshyov commits to Quinnipiac

Artyom Borshyov

While hockey is winding down due to the summer approaching that doesn't mean that the Quinnipiac coaching staff stops recruiting. The Bobcats have picked up a commitment from 2000 born defenseman Artyom Borshyov from Vitebsk, Belarus who played this past season for the Northern Cyclones in the NCDC. A 6'3, 190 pound left shot had 30 points (6 goals, 24 assists) in 50 regular season games played for the Cyclones with 18 penalty minutes. He played another three playoff games in which he did not record a point.

A source told me a short scouting report on Borshyov is he has good size, good feet, hockey IQ and is an all around good defenseman.

Artyom Borshyov (Northern Cyclones) commits to Quinnipiac. Two-way left-shot D was one of top prospects in NCDC this past year. Played for Belarus at U18 WC. Good get for the Bobcats.

4⭐️ prospect is tough to play against at 6'3". Finishes his checks, keeps his gaps tight & has international experience for Belarus. Good speed and skill with a heavy shot. A at NCDC showcase.

Most recently he captained the Belarus U-18 team at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Russia where he had one goal in five games played as the team fell to Finland, the eventual gold medal winners in the quarterfinals. He played against Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold who was an assistant on the United States team and presumably was the one to recruit him.

He was selected by Tri-City Storm in the 17th round of the 2018 Phase II USHL Draft. Borshyov is eligible for the first time for the 2018 NHL draft in June. He is expected to enroll for the 2019-2020 season or possibly the 2020-2021 season. Congrats to Artyom and welcome to Bobcat Nation.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

In the Pipeline: 5/7/2018

This is the final two weeks of the junior season with the USHL finals and the RBC Cup commencing this week. Quinnipiac has two commits playing for championships with William Fallstrom in the USHL and Nick Kent for the BCHL champion Wenatchee Wild playing for the RBC Cup which is the Junior A championship in Canada. After this comes four months of no hockey until the fall but there probably will be some commitments to report on plus the schedule release at some point in the summer.

William Fallstrom, versus Waterloo in the USHL Western Finals (photo by Michael Vosburg/ IN Fourm)


USHL commits

William Fallstrom has had a strong playoffs for the Fargo Force in helping them to the Clark Cup final where they will face the Youngstown Phantoms. In 10 playoff games so Fargo, Fallstrom has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) and is a plus five. He is also riding a three game point streak going into the finals. Game 1 of the finals in Friday night in Fargo. Best of luck William as you try to help win Fargo the Clark Cup title.

The season ended for Dom Fensore in the USHL eastern conference finals. Team USA lost the series 3 games to 1 against Youngstown. Fensore finished the playoffs with 1 assist in 8 games played and in 61 games this year finished with 31 points (2 goals, 29 assists).

BCHL commits

Nick Kent and his Wenatchee Wild are moving on to the RBC Cup starting on May 12. Kent got his first two points of the season in the series against Spruce Grove (AJHL) when he had two assists in four games played. Best of luck Nick and to the Wild as they look to bring home the RBC Cup for the first time in team history.

Oscar Plandowski at the World Selects Invitational

Other notes

The USHL Phase I and Phase II draft will take place tonight and tomorrow. 2002 commits Victor Czerneckianair, Jacob Quillan and Austin Spiridakis could all hear there names called on the Monday or Tuesday along with other players in Phase II who are not on protected lists.

Oscar Plandowski took part in the World Selects Invitational for the All American Prospects team. In 6 games played, the Nova Scotian born defenseman had four assists.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

In the Pipeline: 4/23/2018

With the junior season winding down and most if not all the Quinnipiac commits done playing, the In the Pipeline feature will not be every other week for likely not much longer. Quinnipiac had its banquet over the weekend and Chase Priskie was the awarded the MVP of the team. Odeen Tufto was the rookie of the year while Kevin Duane won the coaches award and Alex Whelan was the 7th player. John Furgele and Bo Pieper also received the Academic Award. Congrats to these players on a great achievement. Let's take a look at how some of the Quinnipiac commits did over the past couple of weeks.



Nick Kent, left with the BCHL Championship trophy

BCHL commits

Nick Kent is a BCHL champion with the Wenatchee Wild. While he has yet to record a point for the Wild, he has given the team solid blue line minutes in 16 playoff games along with a total of 40 combined games in the regular and postseason. Wenatchee will now face the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL for the Doyle Cup which returns for the first time since the 2012 season.

Ethan De Jong concluded his junior career in the BCHL championship series as his Prince George Spruce King team fell in five games to the Wenatchee Wild. De Jong had 3 goals and 1 assist in the series and finished a strong BCHL season in the playoffs with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 24 playoff games to finish third in scoring. He finished the season with 90 points (30 goals, 60 assists) which includes the playoffs. He will be expected to become a key contributor as a freshman in 2018-2019 for the Bobcats.

USHL commits

With the majority of the U-18 USA team playing at the world championships, Dom Fensore is getting the opportunity to play in the USHL playoffs. He has not registered a point yet in two games against the Chicago Steel as the teams have split the first two games.

William Fallstrom has two assists in his first four USHL playoffs for the Fargo Force as they are tied at one game apiece against Omaha in their best-of-five playoff series.

Wyatt Bongiovanni finished his junior career with a strong three playoff games in which he had two goals and one assist.  In 39 total games between the regular season playoffs, Bongiovanni had 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists). He missed time this season twice with two different injuries. He is expected to become a key contributor for the Bobcats next season.

Other notes

Three players officially signed National Letters of Intent with Quinnipiac within the last two weeks. Desi Burgart, T.J. Friedmann and Marcus Chorney all put pen to paper and officially became Bobcats for the 2018-2019 season.


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Monday, April 9, 2018

In the Pipeline: 4/9/2018

The NCAA season is indeed over as Minnesota-Duluth, the last team in the NCAA tournament edged out Notre Dame 2-1 for the program's second National Championship since 2011. However the game was overshadowed by the events that happened in Saskatchewan, Canada with the bus accident of the Homboldt Broncos of the SJHL as they were on there way to a playoff game. 15 people were killed in the tragedy. A Go Fund Me page has been set up and has raised over five million dollars in two days. Here is the link if you wish to donate. A bunch of Quinnipiac commits were in action over the past week so let's take a look at how some of them did.

Dom Fensore (photo by USA Hockey)

USHL commits

Dom Fensore potted two assists in two games played for the US U-17 team in USHL play over the week. The Thornwood, NY native has had a very respectable season in the USHL with 17 points (1 goal, 16 assists) in 33 games played. In 88 total games between tournaments, the USHL and other games he has 50 points (3 goals, 47 assists).

William Fallstrom picked up a lone assist in two games played for the Fargo Force. On the season in 56 games played, he has 44 points (14 goals, 30assists) with a plus 14 rating.

Justin Robbins went 1-1 with 4.07 goals against average and an .895 save percentage for the Chicago Steel. On the season, Robbins is 8-9 with a 4.05 goals against average and an .874 save percentage in 24 games played with one shutout.

BCHL commits

Ethan De Jong had four assists in three games played as Prince George eliminated Powell River in five games to move to the BCHL championship series against the Wenatchee Wild. De Jong is tied for second in postseason scoring with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 19 games played. Prince George begins the best-of-7 series at Wenatchee on Friday where De Jong will face fellow Quinnipiac commit Nick Kent who plays for the Wild.

Marcus Chorney (photo by Rebekah Bing)

NAHL commits

Marcus Chorney's junior career ended with a bang. He finished his last two games with two goals and one assist. He potted the two goals in the final game of the season for Amarillo. He ended the season on a five game point streak and finished the year with 29 points (7 goals, 22 assists) in 60 games played.

AJHL commits

The season is over for Matt Cassidy of the Brooks Bandits. His team fell in six games in the semifinal series. Over the past week Cassidy had just a single assist in four games played and had 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 13 playoff games. Its unknown at this time if Cassidy will be heading to Hamden for this season or the 2019-2020 season. 

Midget Commits

Jack Silich saw his season come to an end at USA Nationals for the Chicago Mission in the Tier-I 14U tournament. The Mission went 1-2 in pool play while Silich had two goals in three games played. He finished a strong season with 97 points (37 goals, 60 assists) in 76 games played. He averaged 1.27 points per game on the season.

Victor Czerneckianair season for the South Kent School U-15 team ended with an overtime loss in the quarterfinals of the 15U only tournament at USA Nationals to the Chicago Mission. He had a goal and an assist in four tournament games and finished the season with 76 points (34 goals, 42 assists) in 55 games played.

Quinnipiac's two commits on the South Kents U-16 team also saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals at USA Nationals in a 6-1 loss to Team Wisconsin. Ethan Phillips had a quiet tournament with only one goal but it was of the highlight reel variety. Here is the link to video of the goal. He finished the season with 69 points (32 goals, 37 assists) in 49 games played. His teammate P.J. Fletcher finished tournament with two assists in four games played. On the season he had 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) in 41 games played.

Corey Clifton had two assists for the North Jersey Avalanche as they fell in the 18U USA Hockey Nationals quarterfinals in overtime to the Cape Cod Whalers. Clifton is expected to head to juniors for the next season or two before heading to Quinnipiac. He also played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks at one point this season.

Peter Diliberatore had a strong tournament at USA Nationals for the Yale Bulldogs National 18U team. In four games played he had 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). While it has yet to be confirmed officially, two sources have told me that Diliberatore will in fact be a true freshman at Quinnipiac next season.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rand Pecknold named assistant coach for Team USA at U-18 World Championships

Rand Pecknold in a game against Union this season (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey coach Rand Pecknold has been named as one of the assistant coaches for the United States U-18 National Team that will compete at the 2018 IIHF U-18 World Championships. The tournament runs from April 19 to 29 in Chelyabinsk & Magnitogorsk, Russia. Team USA opens play in the event on Thursday, April 19 against Canada at the Metallurg Ice Rink in Magnitogorsk. Pecknold will serve under National Development Program head coach Seth Appert who was named the head coach of the U-18 team. Appert, previously was the head coach of ECAC rival RPI from 2006-2017.

This is the second stint for Rand Pecknold with USA Hockey as he served as an assistant coach at  the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championships under head coach Jeff Blashill for the U.S. team that placed 5th in the tournament.

In 24 seasons at Qunnipiac, Pecknold has won 485 games which ranks 5th among active coaches and is also a school record. He has won three ECAC regular season championships (2013, 2014, 2016) and one ECAC tournament championship (2016) and taken the Bobcats to the five NCAA tournament appearances (2002, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), two Frozen Fours (2013, 2016) and two national runner-ups (2013, 2016). He was named the 2016 Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year after leading Quinnipiac to a 32-4-7 record.

Congratulations to coach Pecknold along with his family on this great achievement in his coaching career and best of luck working to try to bring home the gold medal for Team USA.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

In the Pipeline: 4/2/2018

Its the final week of the college hockey season with the Frozen Four set to commence in Saint Paul on Thursday and Saturday. Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth, Notre Dame and Ohio State will battle it out for the right to be crowned the 2018 NCAA Champion. A lot of Quinnipiac commits seasons have to an end but there is still some playing for the next couple of weeks. Let's take a look at how some of them did over the past week.

T.J. Friedmann, now expected to be accelerated (photo by Darren Stone/Times Colonist)

BCHL commits

While he was held off the scoreboard in Game 1 of the BCHL semifinal series, Ethan De Jong potted a goal and an assist in Game 2 for the Prince George Spruce Kings to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Powell River Kings. In 16 playoff games he has 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) putting third in the league for playoff scoring.

T.J. Friedmann has said goodbye to the Victoria Grizzlies and junior hockey in an Instagram post. The 1998 born forward was expected to be part of the 2019-2020 recruiting but is now expected to be accelerated for the 2018-2019 season. There is still a lot of roster management stuff for Quinnipiac to work out with regards to this recruiting class as the coaching staff looks to remake the roster in lieu of the programs first losing season in over 20 years along with missing the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons.

William Fallstrom, right (photo by David Samson/The Forum)

USHL commits

William Fallstrom had a goal and an assist in two games played for the Fargo Force. He has had at least a point in 11 of his last 12 games and over that time span has had three games that were of the multi point variety. On the season in 54 games played, he has 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) with a plus 14 rating.

Justin Robbins went 1-1 with 3.81 goals against average and an .860 save percentage for the Chicago Steel. On the season, Robbins is 7-8 with a 4.05 goals against average and an .872 save percentage in 22 games played with one shutout.

NAHL commits

Marcus Chorney had two assists in his last two games played over the weekend and is now riding a three game point streak for the Amarillo Bulls. In 58 games played this season, Chorney has 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists). He will play his final two junior games of the season this coming weekend as Amarillo has been eliminated from the NAHL playoffs.

NCDC commits

The season is over for both Daniel Winslow and Connor Tait as the Jersey Hitmen fell in Game 3 of the championship series to the Islanders Hockey Club of the NCDC division. Neither Winslow or Tait recorded a point in the three games. Winslow will now head to Quinnipiac as part of this seasons recruiting class.

Jacob Qullian #21 (photo by the Chronicle Herald)

Midget Commits

Jacob Quillan of the Steele Subaru Major Midgets had a goal and six assists in five games played in the Midget Atlantic championship tournament. In the championship game his team fell in the 3-2 in double overtime against the Moncton Flyers. Quillan is now expected to come to the United States in the fall to play prep school hockey.

The following players are headed to USA Hockey Nationals that run from April 5-10 in various locations in the United States. Corey Clifton (NJ Avalanche U18), Ethan Phillips & PJ Fletcher (CCYHA U16), Victor Czerneckianair (CCYHA U15) & Jack Silich (Chicago Mission U14).

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Monday, March 26, 2018

In the Pipeline: 3/26/2018

The Frozen Four is set with Notre Dame, Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan and Ohio State punching their tickets to Saint Paul. It will be three Big Ten teams and an NCHC team with Minnesota Duluth. Both Notre Dame and Ohio State are looking to win the programs first ever national championship. Michigan is looking to win its first title in 20 years while Minnesota-Duluth looks to win its first title since 2011 when the Frozen Four was also in Saint Paul. ECAC teams went 0-3 in the NCAA tournament but the conference is expected to be strong next year with a lot of talent returning to many of the top teams. Let's take a look at some how some of the Quinnipiac commits did over the past week with some of them expected to be in the Bobcats lineup this coming fall.

Ethan De Jong, right playing the puck (photo by James Doyle/Prince George Citizen)

BCHL commits

It was a very strong week for Ethan De Jong who had 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in four games played in helping to lead the Prince George Spruce Kings to a 4-3 series win over the Surrey Eagles. His performance in Game's 6 and 7 with Prince George trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series are what makes him a rising star. He had two goals an assist in each of the games rallying the team to a series win. In 14 playoff games he has 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) tying him for third in the BCHL for playoff scoring.

The junior career of Desi Burgart has come to an end. His Surrey Eagles team fell 4-3 in the best-of-seven second round series to Prince George. This past week Burgart had one goal in two games played. He finished his playoffs with 11 points (10 goals, 1 assist) in 12 games played which followed a regular season in which he had 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 53 games played. His next stop is Hamden where will he will be part of the 2018-2019 incoming freshman class.

The 2017-2018 junior season has ended for T.J. Friedmann. His tell fell in the second round 4-1 to Powell River. He finished the playoffs with 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 9 games played but missed some time with a lower body injury. He has one more junior season before making the move to Hamden so its expected he will be returning to the Victoria Grizzlies next season. He finished a strong regular season with 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists) in 58 games played.

Outside of Ethan De Jong, the only other BCHL commitment still in the playoffs is defenseman Nick Kent for the Wenatchee Wild. His team has already advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

William Fallstrom, right (photo by David Samson/The Forum)

USHL commits

William Fallstrom had a four point week for the Fargo Force in helping clinch a playoff spot. In three games played he had two goals and two assists. On the season in 52 games played, he has 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) with a plus 14 rating.

Wyatt Bongiovanni continues to be sidelined by an undisclosed injury for the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Dom Fensore had two assists in three USHL games over the weekend. In 30 USHL games played, Fensore has 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists).

Justin Robbins went 1-1 with 6.94 goals against average and an .818 save percentage for the Chicago Steel. On the season, Robbins is 6-8-0-1 with a 4.08 goals against average and an .873 save percentage in 20 games played.

NAHL commits

Marcus Chorney picked up one assist in two games played for the Amarillo Bulls. On the season he had 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games played with a minus 6 rating.

NCDC commits

Daniel Winslow had two goals over the weekend in his teams playoffs series win over the Jr. Bruins. He had the game winning goal in the 3-2 win in Game 3 as the Jersey Hitmen will move on to the championship series against the Islanders Hockey Club.

Connor Tait has had a strong last four playoff games for the Jersey Hitmen. So far he has 3 goals and 1 assist including a game winning goal in Game 2 against the Jr. Bruins. He had a goal in Sunday's Game 3 clinching win as the Hitmen have moved to the NCDC finals against the Islanders Hockey Club.

Cameron Boudreau's season has come to an end with a 2-1 series loss to the Jersey Hitmen. He had two assists in three playoffs games over the weekend and finished with two assists in six playoff games. He will be playing another season of junior hockey with it being most likely for the Jr. Bruins.

AJHL commits

Matt Cassidy had one assist this past week for the Brooks Bandits who closed out their best-of-seven series with the Drumheller Dragons 4 games to 2. They now move on to play the south division top seed Okotoks Oilers. 

Steele Subaru celebrating its championship

Midget Commits

Jacob Quillan of the Steele Subaru Major Midgets had three assists in two games played helping his team win the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League championship over Halifax McDonalds. In 15 playoff games this year, Quillan has 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists). Steele Subaru will now compete in the 2018 Major Midget Atlantics.

The following players are headed to USA Hockey Nationals that run from April 5-10 in various locations in the United States. Corey Clifton (NJ Avalanche U18), Ethan Phillips & PJ Fletcher (CCYHA U16), Victor Czerneckianair (CCYHA U15) & Jack Silich (Chicago Mission U14).

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Breaking down the NCAA Tournament



Even with the Quinnipiac season over for the past  the college hockey season continues and thus we have reached the point of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. We have gone from 60 teams to 16 and after this weekend we will be down to the Frozen Four which will commence April 5-7 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am going to breakdown each regional and give my Frozen Four picks. In two weeks I will break down the Frozen Four but for now here is my picks and they will probably be wrong.

Northeast Region (Worcester, MA)

#1 Cornell, ECAC (25-5-2, At-large bid)
#2 Michigan, Big Ten (20-14-3, At-large bid)
#3 Northeastern, Hockey East (23-9-5, At-large bid)
#4 Boston University, Hockey East (21-13-4, Tournament Champion)

This is a bracket that is really wide open in my opinion with possibly any of these teams reaching Saint Paul. #1 seed Cornell and Boston University already met once this season at the end of November with the Big Red holding off a Boston University comeback to win 4-3. Both teams have been smoking hot since the turn of the calendar with BU going 13-3-3 in the second half of the season en route to a Hockey East tournament championship. Cornell won the Cleary Cup as the ECAC regular season champions but were stunned by eventual tournament champion Princeton in the semifinals in Lake Placid. Both teams can play a heavy game but BU has the higher end talent but is really a top heavy team while Cornell has much more depth. If some of the lesser known players show up for BU then watch out. Brady Tkachuk and Jordan Greenway have the ability to dominate down low. Cornell's defense and goal-tending have been elite this year and are the key to their success. BU is a different team than the one that played Cornell back in November and that is going to make a difference. I have Boston University returning the favor and knocking out #1 Cornell.

Northeastern is a top heavy team with Gaudette, Sikura and Stevens making up 58% of the teams goals scored. You let them score and they are more than likely going to beat you. Northeastern has the better goal-tending with Cayden Primeau leading the way with a 1.88 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Michigan has a lot of offensive balance with seven players with 20 or more points including two with 40 or more points. Where they struggle is on defense and in goal and against Northeastern that could be a recipe for disaster. Overall I think Northeastern is the better all around team and playing close to home will help and there is just something special about this team this year. Northeastern moves on to the regional final.

While Northeastern has won three games against Boston University this season and its always tough to win that consistently against any opponent the games have not been close. The Huskies have three elite scorers and a goal-tender that has been excellent this season. They have been one of the best teams in the second half and that is going to carry them to Saint Paul.

Regional Champion: Northeastern


East Region (Bridgeport, CT)

#1 Notre Dame, Big Ten (25-9-2, Tournament Champion)
#2 Providence, Hockey East (23-11-4, At-large bid)
#3 Clarkson, ECAC (23-10-6, At-large bid)
#4 Michigan Tech, WCHA (22-16-5, Tournament Champion)

After slumping towards the end of February with four losses in their final five regular season games, Notre Dame rebounded to win the Big Ten tournament championship in overtime over Ohio State. The Irish have good scoring balance with six players with 20 plus points and a sophomore goaltender in Cale Morris that has been dominant this season. After playing .500 in the second half in the WCHA, Michigan Tech went 5-1 in March en route to the tournament title over Northern Michigan. The Huskies feature eight players with 20 points or more. Goal-tending is likely the biggest issue for Michigan Tech as they have played three players throughout the season. Junior Patrick Munson was strong in the final three tournament games against Minnesota State and Northern Michigan to help win the title. Despite the February swoon Notre Dame has been one of the best teams in the country and I see them moving on against Michigan Tech.

Clarkson and Providence is a rematch from earlier this season when the teams met in October in Potsdam and in November in Belfast. Both were wins by Clarkson, who at that time was rolling. The Golden Knights went 1-4-3 in the month of February before rebounding to advance all the way to the ECAC Championship game where they lost in overtime to Princeton. Still the struggles of February give me some pause on Clarkson. They have some talented scorers but seemed to cool off a bit until the conference tournament. They are also a team that is in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years while Providence has made it the last five years. Experience sometimes does matter. Nate Leaman has won a national championship and this team has solid offensive balance, a good defense and solid goal-tending in Hayden Hawkey. I can't see Providence losing three times to Clarkson so I am going with the Friars in this one.

Notre Dame and Providence in a regional final is a heavyweight match up. Both coaches have won past national championships though Jeff Jackson won his two championships back in the early 1990's with Lake Superior State. The Irish were a wire to wire champion in the Big Ten and have the much better goal-tender in this game. There is no doubt they want to get back to the Frozen Four to erase the memory of the 6-1 beating they took in the national semifinals a year ago to Denver. Notre Dame uses strong goal-tending to edge Providence for a trip to Saint Paul.

Regional Champion: Notre Dame 


Midwest Region (Allentown, PA)

#1 Ohio State, Big Ten (24-9-5, At-large bid)
#2 Denver, NCHC (20-9-8, Tournament Champion)
#3 Penn State, Big Ten (18-14-5, At-large bid)
#4 Princeton, ECAC (19-12-4, Tournament Champion)

Ohio State has had one of the best seasons in their program history and has reached the NCAA tournament in back to back seasons for only the third time in program history. The Buckeyes have a trio of 35 point plus players in Tanner Laczynski, Mason Jobst and Matthew Weis along with a solid goal-tender in Sean Romeo. The one concern about Ohio State is they really didn't beat any one in their non conference schedule that was any good and built their resume strictly on the Big Ten schedule this year. No team had a four year turnaround as the Princeton has. The Tiger are a team that ran off a 6-0 run in the ECAC tournament en route to its first conference championship and NCAA berth in ten years. They are loaded offensively with two 50 point scorers in juniors Max Veronneau (55) and Ryan Kuffner (52) who has 29 goals alone. They have four more players with 30 or more points and have started to play well on defense and in goal with freshman Ryan Ferland. Ron Fogarty's team is a confident bunch and one of the hottest teams going into the NCAA tournament and a nightmare to face on the ice. I'm sensing an upset here of Ohio State as this a Princeton team that tied St. Cloud State twice in December before they started to get rolling and the freight train is not stopping yet especially when this game is 90 minutes from the Princeton campus.

Denver and Penn State is a rematch of the regional final a year ago which Denver won 6-3 en route to a national championship. I am not liking Penn State's chances in the rematch either. Despite the game in their home state and Penn State being the host school I think Denver is the much better team overall. While Penn State has a solid offense with six players in double figures in goals the goal-tending is too suspect for me to say this team can win a game in the tournament against a championship team like Denver. The Pioneers boast three players with 40 points or more along with a quality defense and strong goal-tending in senior Tanner Jaillet. They also have the experience of being in the past two Frozen Fours and having won it a season ago in Chicago. This team looks locked and loaded again after winning the NCHC tournament title and they won't be losing to Penn State here.

I love everything about what Princeton has done this season as the young and hungry upstart but I can't see them beating a team like Denver that is trying to become the first team to repeat as champions since the Pioneers did it in 2004 and 2005. There is too much talent and experience on Denver and its going carry them to Saint Paul.

Regional Champion: Denver


West Region (Sioux Falls, SD)

#1 St. Cloud State, NCHC (25-8-6, At-large bid)
#2 Minnesota State, WCHA (29-9-1, At-large bid)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth, NCDC (21-16-3, At-large bid)
#4 Air Force, Atlantic Hockey (22-14-5, Tournament Champion)

This is effectively the Minnesota regional that is being played in Sioux Falls, SD. #1 St Cloud is looking to get back to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2013 in Pittsburgh. This is a very talented team with the top eight scorers on the roster all having 20 or more points and none of them are seniors which means that if they all return next season this team could be the likely preseason #1 team. This is a team that scores 3.66 goals per game. They have five players with 10 or more goals this season. Only two of the eight losses this season have been of the bad variety (Miami & Western Michigan) and the one of those losses was in overtime in the second games of the NCHC playoffs to Miami. Air Force finished third in the Atlantic Hockey regular season but won the conference tournament when Robert Morris upset Mercyhurst in overtime in the semifinals. This is the 7th NCAA appearance for the Falcons since 2007 as Frank Serratore has done a great job in Colorado Springs. Air Force lacks elite scoring and only scores 2.68 goals per game so they are going to need some breaks. They have a solid goal-tender in Billy Christopoulous who they need to be big against St. Cloud in order to have a chance at an upset. They will play hard but it won't be enough as I see the Huskies winning this game fairly easily against Air Force.

Minnesota State and Minnesota-Duluth is a rubber match, as these two teams split a pair of non conference games each of them winning at home. Minnesota State is a very good offensive team scoring 3.87 goals per game and has six players with 35 points or more along with six players with 10 or more goals this season. They are also very good defensively at 2.07 goals per game with senior Connor LaCouvee having a 1.76 goals against average. Mankato is a two and half hour drive to Sioux Falls so there should be a lot of support for the Mavericks. Duluth has been average offensively at a shade over three goals per game. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs is freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich with 35 points. Riley Tufte and Joey Anderson are Duluth's high draft picks who will need to step up if Duluth wants to advance to the regional final. Sophomore Hunter Shepard has been very good in goal with a 1.98 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Minnesota State has been the more consistent team this season and probably would have been seeded much higher if they didn't lose in the WCHA semfinal series to Michigan Tech. They are also chasing their first ever NCAA win at the Division 1 level and I see that happening this time around. Mankato gets the job done against Duluth and moves to the regional final.

St. Cloud and Mankato split a pair of meetings with each winning easily on the other teams home ice. This should be an excellent well played game and probably one of the better regional finals we could see and I think that St. Cloud edges Minnesota State in overtime to reach Saint Paul.

Regional Champion: St. Cloud State 


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bo Pieper signs with ECHL Adirondack Thunder

Bo Pieper (photo by Zack Wittman, Tampa Bay Times)

Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior forward Bo Pieper has signed with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, an affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. He becomes the third Quinnipiac player to sign a professional contract following Tanner MacMaster and Kevin McKernan. Pieper played in 38 games for the Bobcats this season recording 11 goals and 7 assists with a minus 6 rating. This was the second consecutive season in which Pieper had double digit goals scored for Quinnipiac after scoring 13 a season ago. Over his four year career for Quinnipiac, the Roseville, Minnesota native played in 158 games recording 32 goals and 33 assists with a minus 1 rating. The past two seasons he combined for nine power play goals for the Bobcats.

He was part of two Quinnipiac teams that won the Cleary Cup for the ECAC regular season champion in 2015 and 2016 along with winning the schools first ever Whitelaw Cup in 2016 as the champions of the ECAC tournament. He also played in the NCAA Tournament twice in 2015 and 2016 with the latter year making it all the way to the National Championship game in Tampa, FL before falling to North Dakota. He recorded his lone NCAA tournament point in the 2015 first round loss to North Dakota when he assisted on Quinnipiac's only goal by Andrew Taverner. He also scored a power play goal in the 2016 ECAC Championship win over Harvard. His senior class will leave Hamden with 94 wins during his time as a Bobcat.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

In the Pipeline: 3/19/2018

While the Bobcats season has been complete for over a week, the NCAA tournament is set to kick off next weekend with three ECAC teams participating after Princeton won the league tournament as the number 7 seed. Junior, midget and bantam seasons are starting to wind down with a handful of them already in the playoffs or on the the verge of the playoffs starting. Many Quinnipiac commits were in action over the past week especially in the playoffs so let's see how they did.


Ethan de Jong (photo by James Doyle, Prince George Citizen)

BCHL commits

Ethan De Jong had a to point week with 1 goal and 1 assist in two playoff games for the Prince George Spruce Kings. In 9 playoff games he has 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists). His team is currently tied at one game apiece against the Surrey Eagles in the best-of-7 second round series.

Desi Burgart had a lone goal in two playoff games this week for the Surrey Eagles as they split the first two games of their best-of-7 series against Prince George. In 8 playoff games, Burgart has 10 points (9 goals, 1 assist).

T.J. Friedmann picked up one assist in two games played this week in the postseason for the Victoria Grizzlies. So far in 6 playoff games, Friedmann has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). His team is in an 0-2 hole in the second round of the playoffs against Powell River.


USHL commits

William Fallstrom had a goal and two assists in two games played for the Fargo Force both wins over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. In 4 games played, he has 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) with a plus 14 rating.

Wyatt Bongiovanni had one assist in two games played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He was scratched on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury. On the season in 35 games played he has 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) with a plus 6 rating.

Zach Metsa had one assist in one game played for the Central Illinois Flying Aces. In 52 games played between Central Illinois and Youngstown, Metsa has 21 points (2 goals, 19 assists). He is riding a three game point streak along with points in four of his last five games and six of his last eight.

Dom Fensore had one assist in three USHL games over the weekend. In 27 USHL games played, Fensore has 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists).

Justin Robbins went 0-2 with 4.21 goals against average and an .887 save percentage for the Chicago Steel. On the season, Robbins is 5-7-0-1 with a 3.73 goals against average and an .881 save percentage in 17 games played.


NCDC commits

Daniel Winslow had four assists in two playoff games for the Jersey Hitmen as they split the first two games of their best-of-3 first round series against the Northern Cyclones. The decisive Game 3 is today at noon.

AJHL commits

Matt Cassidy had a lone assist in two playoff wins for the Brooks Bandits who have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Drumheller Dragons. In five playoff games so far he has a goal and an assist. in 3 playoff games so far for the Brooks Bandits as they swept their best-of-five first round series with the Canmore Eagles. They now await their second round opponent. 

Oscar Plandowski #7, bottom left with OHA Edmonton (photo by CSSHL.ca)


Midget Commits

Oscar Plandowski bantam team OHA Edmonton won the CSSBHL championship over the weekend. In 5 games played in the playoffs, Plandowski had 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). The 2003 Nova Scotian born defenseman will now head to the South Kent School in the fall to play for the U-15 team there.

Jack Silich had a goal and three assists in in three regional games for the Chicago Mission as they now head to Nationals on April 5th. Silich has played 73 games this season scoring 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists).

Jacob Quillan of the Steele Subaru Major Midgets had a five point week (2 goals, 3 assists) in three wins. His team has taken a 2-0 lead over Halifax McDonalds. In 12 playoff games this year, Quillan has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists).

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kevin McKernan signs with Fort Wayne Komets of ECHL

Senior assistant captain Kevin McKernan (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior assistant captain Kevin McKernan has signed with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, an affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. McKernan played in 33 games for the Bobcats this season recording 3 goals and 9 assists with a minus 4 rating. Over his four year career for Quinnipiac, the Milbury, Massachusetts native played in 138 games recording 12 goals and 24 assists with a plus 5 rating. He showed some versatility this season when he was moved to forward in the ECAC playoffs scoring a goal in game one of the first round series against Yale.

He was part of two Quinnipiac teams that won the Cleary Cup for the ECAC regular season champion in 2015 and 2016 along with winning the schools first ever Whitelaw Cup in 2016 as the champions of the ECAC tournament. He also played in the NCAA Tournament twice in 2015 and 2016 with the latter year making it all the way to the National Championship game in Tampa, FL before falling to North Dakota. He scored presumably the biggest goal of his career in the National Semifinals against Boston College just 2:31 into the opening period which helped the set tone for Quinnipiac the rest of the game. His senior class will leave Hamden with 94 wins during his time as a Bobcat.

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