Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In the Pipeline: 12/11/2018

Its officially the first semester break for Quinnipiac. After a 14-3 start and a #5 ranking, Quinnipiac has put themselves in excellent position for a return to the NCAA tournament with a quality second half of the season. Over this past weekend the Bobcats split a series with #1 UMass winning 4-0 Friday in Hamden before falling 3-1 the following night in Amherst. With no hockey for the next few weeks we will just have to follow more of the future Bobcats so let's see how some of them did over the past week.

Evan Fear won USHL goaltender of the week for the second time this season


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Jayden Lee had another strong week with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in three games played. The Powell River Kings defensemen now has 24 points (3 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games played.

Skyler Brind'Amour picked up a goal in three games played this past week for the Chilliwack Chiefs. He now has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 32 games played.

Tyler Ghirardosi picked up three assists in three games for the Trail Smoke Eaters. On the season in 32 games played he has 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists).

PJ Fletcher picked up an assist in two games played for the Wenatchee Wild. On the season, Fletcher has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 31 games played.

Christophe Tellier had a goal in two games this weekend for the Wenatchee Wild. He now has 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 29 games played.

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Evan Fear picked up his second USHL goaltender of week award after going 1-0 with a .963 save percentage in a 2-1 shootout win over Cedar Rapids. Fear on the season is 7-6-2-0 with a 3.30 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

Justin Robbins went 1-1 in two games this past week for the Chicago Steel. He gave up two goals in each game. On the season he is 10-6-1-0 with a 3.29 goals against average and an .880 save percentage.

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CJ McGee picked up a goal and an assist in two games for the Shreveport Mudbugs. McGee, now has taken over the team lead in scoring with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games. Look for a Q&A with CJ this week.

The points continue to pile up for Jack Silich of the Chicago Mission

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Cam Boudreau had one goal in two games played for the Junior Bruins. In 26 games played he has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) from the blue line.

Arytom Borshyov picked up two assists in two games played for the Northern Cyclones. He now has 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) in 7 games played.

Yaniv Perets gave up three goals in a loss this weekend for the Junior Bruins against the New Hampshire Monarchs. He made 31 saves in the game. In 20 games played he is 14-5-0-1 with a 2.19 goals against and a .936 save percentage.

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Jack Silich had three goals and three assists for the Chicago Mission U-15 team in four games over the weekend. On the season he has 75 points (29 goals, 46 assists) in 52 games played.

Oscar Plandowski was selected to the Nova Scotia team for the Canada Games that will take placed in Red Deer. He was also named as a first team All Beast Team for the U-15 level.

Victor Czerneckianair had a two goals and an assist in two games played for the Selects Academy at South Kent U-16. On the season in 33 games played he has 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists).

Liam McLinskey had a goal and one assist in a sing;e game this past week for the Don Bosco Prep hockey team. On the season he has a 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in four games played.

Jacob Quillan picked up a goal and two assists in two games for Salisbury this past week. In five games played he has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists).


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Andrew Shortridge named ECAC goaltender of the week

Andrew Shortridge (center), won ECAC goaltender of the week

The weekly awards continue to pile up for Quinnipiac players. After splitting a weekend series with UMass in which Quinnipiac goaltender Andrew Shortridge shutout the Minutemen 4-0 Friday night behind 32 saves many of which were spectacular, he was named the ECAC goaltender of the week as was announced by the league office in a press release today.

Shortridge, with the shutout win moved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his goals against average to 0.83 along with a .966 save percentage. The shutout was the third this season for the junior goaltender and sixth overall for the team. 

This is the first weekly award this season for Shortridge and second of his career following winning the goaltender of the week honors for the week of November 21, 2017. Quinnipiac is now on first semester break with a 14-3 record and a #5 ranking in the USCHO.com polls. They return to action December 29th in a non-conference match-up against Colgate at the Nassau Coliseum.  


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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Quinnipiac ends first half with 3-1 loss to #1 UMass

Quinnipiac fell 3-1 on Saturday night to UMass

In the first Mullins Center sellout crowd in 18 years, the #1 UMass Minutemen used three third period goals to propel past the #8 Quinnipiac Bobcats Saturday night in Amherst, Massachusetts. The loss broke the seven game winning streak for Quinnipiac and was the first for the Bobcats in almost a month dating back to the 5-1 home loss to Union. "I thought UMass was excellent tonight, Rand Pecknold said following the game. They played hard and they were hungry. Carvy [UMass head coach Greg Carvel] did a good job of getting his boys ready for tonight after last night."

The Minutemen came out flying to the start of the game with a ton of sustained pressure in the Quinnipiac zone. UMass threw 13 shots on goal in the opening period and Keith Petruzzelli (37 saves) was strong in the opening frame as Quinnipiac weathered the Minutemen flurry of shots. "For us we struggled mentally after the get-go and I thought Keith was really good in net. Wyatt was pretty good. Disappointing with our effort but you have to give UMass credit added Pecknold."

Quinnipiac showed a bit better pace in the second period but undisciplined play eliminated two power play opportunities before they really got started. The Bobcats struck first 8:24 into the second period when Chase Priskie wristed a shot past Matt Murray on the power play. Brogan Rafferty and Odeen Tufto picked up the assists.

Quinnipiac's 7 game winning streak came to an end in Amherst

UMass had a jump to its game in the third period and they were rewarded for it. 5:27 into the period after a sustained shift of pressure in the Quinnipiac zone along with a Bobcat turnover that came onto the stick of Colin Felix, he fed Ivan Chukarov who beat Keith Petruzzelli blocker side. The Minutemen took the lead when a turnover by Desi Burgart to Peter Diliberatore got picked off and found its way onto Philip Lagunov's stick before he fed Jacob Pritchard who faked out Petruzzelli for putting it home.

The Minutemen added an empty net goal by Bobby Trivigno to seal the win and deny Rand Pecknold his 500th career win. "I thought that was a tremendous series between us and Quinnipiac, Greg Carvel said. Two very similar teams that went head to head. I really like our team's play tonight for 60 minutes." For Quinnipiac this was the third loss on a Saturday night this year following a win. "We were poorly prepared tonight and the guys were mentally drained from last night. It was a 60 minute struggle, Pecknold added. In the end I think last night's game, the team that wanted it more won was Quinnipiac, and tonight the team that wanted it more was UMass."

Quinnipiac is now off for the rest of the first semester and will not return to game action until Saturday December 29th when they face Colgate in a non-conference game at the Nassau Colisuem in Uniondale, New York. 


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shortridge shines as Quinnipiac knocks off #1 UMass 4-0

Quinnipiac upset #1 UMass 4-0

In what has been their best effort to date in this turnaround season, the #8 Quinnipiac Bobcats shutout the #1 UMass Minutemen 4-0 before a rocking crowd at the Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena behind a sensational 32 save effort from junior goaltender Andrew Shortridge. The win gave head coach Rand Pecknold his 499th win as he will take his team up I-91 and into the Mullins Center Saturday night looking for the number 500.

The arena, which was loud and reminiscence of what we saw in the 2015-2016 when the team reached the Frozen Four saw the roof blow off just 42 seconds into the game when Wyatt Bongiovanni found a rebound in front and ripped one past Filip Lindberg. Quinnipiac scored again in the second period when Joe O'Connor from behind the end line found a driving to the net Zach Metsa who buried it past an out of position Lindberg.

Shortridge however was the star of this game with several clutch saves in the second period to keep Quinnipiac ahead in this game. The junior improved his record to 6-0-0 with a .83 goals against average and a .966 save percentage this season. He also recorded his second straight shutout and third of the season giving Quinnipiac its sixth shutout in 16 games played this year.

Andrew Shortridge was stellar with 32 saves in the shutout

Quinnipiac pushed the game just about out of reach when Alex Whelan's strong forecheck along the end wall won a battle for a loose which led to a centering pass to Craig Martin in the slot who roofed it over Lindberg. Martin scored an empty net goal to cap the scoring for Quinnipiac.

With its seventh consecutive win, Quinnipiac moved its season record to 14-2-0 (6-2-0 ECAC) and up to fourth in the ever important pairwise rankings. These two teams now head north to Amherst, Massachusetts and to the Mullins Center for a white out game as Quinnipiac looks to sweep the weekend series and lock down the 500th win of Rand Pecknold's career as they head into the first semester break.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Weekend Preview: UMass Minutemen

The Quinnipiac Bobcats have an enormous challenge with #1 UMass this weekend


UMass Head Coach: 
Greg Carvel (3rd season) 34-50-4
2018-2019 UMass record: 12-1-0 (7-0-0 Hockey East)

All-time vs. UMass: Quinnipiac leads series 7-4-2

UMass Key Players: Mitchell Chaffee (F), John Leonard (F), Bobby Trivigno (F), Brett Boeing (F), Cale Makar (D), Mario Ferraro (D), Marc Del Gaizo (D), Matt Murray (G)

Just as I said last week that not enough can be said about the job that Ron Fogarty has done, the same can be applied to Greg Carvel as well and maybe more. Prior to his arrival in Amherst, UMass had lost 88 games in the four years of the John Micheletto era. Carvel's first season with UMass was a massive struggle going just 5-29-2. After turning over the roster at the end of the season his team had a very respectable 17-20-2 campaign in 2017-2018 which was the most wins the program had in a season since 2009-2010. This season, the results have been even better. After starting the season 3-0, they lost to Ohio State before ripping off nine straight wins to come into this weekend home-and-home series with Quinnipiac at 12-1. Greg Carvel has awoken a sleeping giant and things are only expected to get better down the road in Amherst. This might be the series of the year so far in college hockey and one that features two pretty even teams in my opinion. 

The Minutemen returned nine out of its top ten scorers from a season ago with the lone player, Niko Rufo having graduated. This season Cale Makar leads the team in scoring with Mitchell Chaffee with 18 points. The top scorer from a season ago in John Leonard is just a point behind with 17. Senior transfer Jacob Pritchard has 15 points after coming in from St. Lawrence. Sophomore Oliver Chau who was the teams second leading scorer a season ago has gotten off to a very slow start with just three points. But other players have produced to make up for the lack of scoring from Chau in Brett Boeing, Philip Lagunov and Anthony Del Gaizo. Just as Quinnipiac faced an elite power play unit last week in Princeton, they will face one again in UMass who rank second in the country at 32.1%. Chaffee and Pritchard each have four goals on the man advantage while Leonard and Marc Del Gaizo have three each.

Just as the strength of the Quinnipiac Bobcats in on the back end, the same can be said about UMass. Cale Makar is a superstar in college hockey, having been the 4th overall pick in the draft in 2017 by Colorado. Mario Ferraro is a second round pick and they get really good production from freshman Marc Del Gaizo. Ty Farmer is another freshman that has been key for the UMass defense and is a plus 3. Combined those four players are a plus 28 on the blue line. They kill penalties at 87.7% which ranks them in the top ten in the country. They are fast and they move the puck out of the zone extremely well.

The Minutemen have gotten excellent goal-tending from Matt Murray who has taken a leap from a season ago. He has gotten the majority of the workload and is 9-0 with a 1.99 goals against an a .929 save percentage. Quinnipiac never faced Murray last season as Ryan Wischow got both starts when he beat the Bobcats twice a season. He is no longer with the program. The Minutemen's backup Filip Lindberg a freshman has also been excellent as well going 3-1 with a 1.73 goals against and a .936 save percentage. He hasn't seen a start since the November 16th game against Holy Cross. Murray is expected to start this weekend but Quinnipiac also could see Lindberg in one of these games.

With both these teams in the top ten in the country in goals for, goals allowed, power play and penalty kill, it makes this weekend so difficult to predict. One thing I want to see is a hard fought competitive series and an NCAA tournament type atmosphere. I think a split is something that I could expect given the way that Quinnipiac was swept last year by the Minutemen and how they won't want that to happen again. Anything more for Quinnipiac would be icing on the cake. 


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In the Pipeline: 12/4/2018

We are a day late in this since Quinnipiac keeps winning ECAC player and rookie of the week awards. That is a definitely a good thing and worthy of bumping this a day. Once again Quinnipiac dominated a weekend series as they swept the defending ECAC champion Princeton Tigers in a home-and-home series this past weekend by a collective score of 9-3. It led to Chase Priskie and Michael Lombardi being named ECAC player and rookie of the week respectively. With that said lets take a look at some of the future Bobcats who could win those awards down the road.

Jayden Lee is riding a four game point with Powell River

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It was another good weekend for Jayden Lee as he picked up a goal and two more assists in two games for the Powell River Kings. On the season he now has 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists) in 28 games played and is riding a four game point streak.

PJ Fletcher picked up a goal and an assist in three games played for the Wenatchee Wild. On the season, Fletcher has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 31 games played.

Wyatt Head picked up a lone assist in two games last weekend. The prior week failed to mention that he had three assists. On the season, Head is the 5th leading scorer on West Kelowna with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 28 games played.

Christophe Fillion had a three point weekend for the Wenatchee Wild in three games played. The Quebec native had two goals and an assist and now has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 31 games played.

Fellow Quebec native Christophe Tellier had a goal and an assist in three games this weekend for the Wenatchee Wild. He now has 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games played.

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Logan Britt picked up a single assist in one game played over the past week. In 19 games played, Britt has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists). You can read a Q&A with Britt here.

Make that five straight wins for Justin Robbins. The New Jersey native gave up four goals in a 5-4 win over Central Illinois. He is 9-5-1-0 on the season with 3.46 goals against and an .876 save percentage in 16 games played.

Evan Fear had a tough weekend as he gave up seven goals in a pair of losses for the Green Bay Gamblers. On the season he 6-6-2-0 with a 3.50 goals against average and a .900 save percentage with one shutout.

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Quinnipiac's newest commit is CJ McGee who is playing for the Shreveport Mudbugs. The Pearl River, NY native picked up a lone assist in two games this weekend. On the season he has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 24 games played. Expect a Q&A with at some point next week during the semester break.

Arytom Borshyov returned to the Northern Cyclones and has 4 points in 5 games

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Connor Tait had a very strong weekend with five points on 3 goals and 2 assists for the Jersey Hitmen. He now has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games played.

Arytom Borshyov has returned to the Northern Cyclones after a stint with Tri-City in the USHL. On Sunday he had a goal and three assists in a 6-5 win over the New Jersey Rockets. In five games played he has 4 points (1 goal , 3 assists).

Yaniv Perets gave up three goals in a loss this weekend for the Junior Bruins against Syracuse. He made 29 saves in the game. In 19 games played he is 14-4-0-1 with a 2.15 goals against and a .937 save percentage.

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Nick Kent picked up a single assist in a lone game for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Kent now has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games played this season.

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Jack Silich had a goal and four assists in three HPHL games this weekend for the Chicago Mission U-15 team. On the season he has 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 46 games played.

Oscar Plandowski picked a lone assist in one game for the Selects Academy at South Kent School U-15 team. In 31 games played, Plandowski has 39 points (7 goals, 32 assists).

Liam McLinskey picked up one assist in one game this past week for the Don Bosco Prep hockey team. He has a goal and two assists in three games played this season.

Jacob Quillan has gotten off to a strong start for the Salisbury Prep team. In three games played he has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists).


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Two more Quinnipiac players earn ECAC weekly awards

Chase Priskie has won his first ECAC player of the week

For the second consecutive week following another weekend sweep, the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team picked up the ECAC player and rookie of the week awards as announced in a press release by the league office. Last week it was Odeen Tufto and Ethan de Jong taking home the hardware. This week, its the captain of the Bobcats, Chase Priskie taking home the player of the week award after three goals on the weekend. Two of the goals were game winning ones while he also popped in two power play goals.

Priskie has had an excellent first half of the season elevating himself into the Hobey Baker race with 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 15 games played. His 11 goals tie him for second in the country in that category and is the leader among all defenseman. His 19 points tie him for 6th in the country in scoring while he leads the nation with five game winning goals and is tied for first with six power play goals. This is the first ECAC player of the week award for Chase Priskie who had two ECAC rookie of the week awards back in the 2015-2016 season.

Michael Lombardi, left in between two Princeton players won ECAC rookie of the week

Barrington, Rhode Island native Michael Lombardi has been named the ECAC rookie of the week after a goal and an assist with a plus two rating in the weekend series against Princeton. He is the third consecutive Quinnipiac freshman to win the rookie of the week award this season following both Bongiovanni and de Jong. Lombardi has 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 15 games played and is riding a four game point streak.

Congrats to both Chase and Michael on their ECAC weekly awards.


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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Quinnipiac offense explodes in final two periods, rips Princeton 6-3

Quinnipiac extended its winning streak to 6 games and improved to 13-2

For the third consecutive weekend the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team swept a weekend series and this one might have been the most impressive of them to this point. Quinnipiac swept the defending ECAC champions by a combined score of 9-3 over the two nights including a 6-3 win at the Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, New Jersey. The win moved Quinnipiac's record to 13-2-0 (6-2-0 ECAC) and sets up a key home and home match up with UMass next weekend before the first semester closes out.

Five of the Quinnipiac goals were scored by seniors including two each from Chase Priskie and Craig Martin who opened the scoring and closed it for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac trailed after one period 1-0 on a Jackson Cressey goal. But they struck quickly in the second just 1:29 on a Craig Martin goal. Princeton would take the lead back not even a minute later when star forward Ryan Kuffner found the back of the net. That would be the last Tigers lead of the night. From there it was an offensive explosion for the Bobcats with goals from freshman Michael Lombardi, Luke Shiplo and Chase Priskie. 

Odeen Tufto had 3 assists in the Quinnipiac win

Princeton got one back with Jackson Cressey scoring on the power play his second goal of the game. From there Quinnipiac put the game out of reach when Chase Priskie scored with a bomb on the power play. The goal gave the captain his 6th on the man advantage and 11th on the season. After jumping out of the box for serving a tripping penalty Craig Martin raced down the ice and beat Ryan Ferland to the loose and made a move around to put it home into an empty net. 

Odeen Tufto had three assists while Peter Diliberatore had two assists. Keith Petruzzelli made 27 saves in the win while Quinnipiac survived seven Princeton man advantages only giving up the lone goal on the man advantage. The Bobcats six game winning streak is the longest since the 2015-2016 campaign when they reached the Frozen Four. Next week presents Quinnipiac's biggest test to date against UMass Amherst in a home and home series against the top ranked team in the pairwise and one of the best players in the country in Cale Makar. 


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Quinnipiac shuts out defending ECAC champion Princeton 3-0

Quinnipiac moved to 12-2 with a 3-0 win over Princeton

After a four game road trip that took Quinnipiac to Colgate, Cornell and Maine, the Bobcats returned home to Hamden to the friendly confines of the People's United Bank Center where they shut out the defending ECAC champion Princeton Tigers 3-0 on Friday night behind a 20 save effort from Andrew Shortridge. The win moved Quinnipiac to 12-2-0 (5-2-0 ECAC).

"It was a great win, head coach Rand Pecknold said following the game. Princeton is a really good team. They have some of the better players in the country, not just in our league in Veronneau, Kuffner and Teves. They are really well coached and I am impressed by their staff and the job they have done."

The first period looked as if the game was going to remain scoreless heading into the intermission, but a cross checking penalty with eight seconds left by Princeton co-captain Josh Teves gave Quinnipiac an offensive zone face-off late. Odeen Tufto won the draw back to Chase Priskie who rocketed home his fifth power play goal of the season and ninth overall.

The teams played to a second period stalemate that saw a potential Princeton goal waived off after the net came loose. But it was the Quinnipiac defense that really committed itself to shutting down the Princeton top line tonight holding them to just seven shots. "I was really happy with how myself and [Karlis] Cukste played tonight shutting down Veronneau, Kuffner and Riche line, Chase Priskie said.

Chase Priskie scored his 5th power play goal of the season and 9th overall

Quinnipiac found an insurance goal after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone that was picked up by Scott Davidson who wristed one high glove side past Princeton goaltender Ryan Ferland. "We needed that, he needed that, Pecknold said about Davidson. He's played really well. He's a great kid. He has high character and has done a great job for us over four years."

Andrew Shortridge picked up his fifth win of the season and second shutout for a Bobcat team that has five shutouts already this season. Odeen Tufto added an empty net goal to seal the win giving him his tenth goal of the season and sixth multi point game.

The two teams conclude the series as they meet up tomorrow night in Princeton, New Jersey at the Hobey Baker Rink with game time set for 7 pm.


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Weekend Preview: Princeton Tigers

Quinnipiac returns to ECAC play with a huge series against Princeton


Princeton Head Coach: 
Ron Fogarty (5th season) 46-79-14

2018-2019 Princeton record: 3-4-1 (3-2-1 ECAC)

All-time vs. Princeton: Quinnipiac leads series 15-12-1

Priceton Key Players: Ryan Kuffner (F), Max Veronneau (F), Alex Riche (F), Jackson Cressey (F), Josh Teves (D), Reid Yochim (D), Ryan Ferland (G)

Not enough can be said about the job that Ron Fogarty has done in the last four seasons with Princeton. He took over a program that won just 25 games the prior three seasons and and after two tough years had them in the NCAA tournament in year four with an ECAC championship to boot. The Tigers are a team primed to make another run to an ECAC title along with getting back to the NCAA tournament and they have the pieces in place to do it.

Despite graduating two big offensive pieces in David Hallisey (38 points) and Eric Robinson (31 points), two of the ECAC premier players returned for their senior seasons despite NHL interest. Ryan Kuffner scored 29 goals a season ago on the way to a 52 point season while fellow linemate Max Veronneau topped him with 55 points. Both are off to terrific starts with 14 and 11 points respectively in 8 games. Fellow senior Alex Riche has 8 points while junior Jackson Cressey has 7 points. They might not have the offensive depth they had a season ago with the two big losses but Kuffner and Veronneau are game changers and need to be defended at all times on the ice. The Tigers are the second best power play team in the country at 33.3% with Kuffner and Riche having three goals a piece on the man advantage. It will be key for Quinnipiac to stay disciplined and out of the penalty box in this series.

Princeton returns top defender Josh Teves who had 33 points and was a plus 16 a season ago is already off to a strong start with 8 points in 7 games. Derek Topatigh already has three goals from the back end and is a plus 3 this season. Reid Yochim who a season ago had 14 points as a freshman hasn't scored a point in 8 games and is a minus 1. As a team the Tigers are giving up 2.8 goals per game. The Princeton penalty kill is outstanding at 89.7% which ranks them #1 in the country. Goals for Quinnipiac could be hard to come by in this series especially on special teams.

Sophomore goaltender Ryan Ferland has been solid in net for Princeton going 3-4-1 with a 2.69 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Quinnipiac saw Ferland twice a season ago beating him 6-2 at the Hobey Baker Rink before losing to him 5-3 in Hamden. He is a goaltender that will keep Princeton in the game and that is all you can ask from your goaltender.

Coming off a sweep last weekend Quinnipiac heads back into conference play for the final time in 2018 before ending the first half next weekend against UMass Amherst. Four huge ECAC points are at stake for the teams that sit one and two in the conference standings. A Quinnipiac sweep would put some distance between them and the teams below them. To me a split in this series is at least a must and anything more would be gravy.

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Q&A with Quinnipiac signee Logan Britt

Logan Britt during his time with the Aberdeen Wings in the NAHL

Back in late July, Quinnipiac picked up a verbal commitment from an Illinois born defenseman in Logan Britt, who played his midget hockey with Team Illinois before playing the past two seasons with the Aberdeen Wings in the NAHL. This season, Britt has moved to the top junior league in North America the USHL with the Lincoln Stars. He is the Stars third leading scorer this season with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 18 games played. Britt will be part of the 2019-2020 freshman class.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: First off you officially signed your National Letter of Intent to play at Quinnipiac. How does it feel to be officially committed now to the university for the 2019-2020 season?

Logan Britt: It’s an awesome feeling knowing that it’s official. I couldn’t have done it without my family and all the support they have provided me throughout my whole hockey career so far. I’m very excited to get started.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Tell us about your overall recruiting experience with Quinnipiac? When did they first get in touch with you? Did you take a campus visit and what were your thoughts about it?

Logan Britt: They first got in touch with me this past summer around July. I then took a visit later that month and the campus was beautiful. I loved everything about it. I really enjoyed my visit and I’m excited to spend the next four years at Quinnipiac

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Did any other NCAA schools show interest in you and if so what other schools. What separated Quinnipiac from those others schools?

Logan Britt: Some of the other schools that had shown interest were RPI and the University of New Hampshire. A couple things that separated Quinnipiac from the rest was the coaching staff, the facilities, and it’s a beautiful place to go to school.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Prior to playing in the USHL this season you spent the last two seasons with Aberdeen in the NAHL. What was that experience like for you?

Logan Britt: My time in Aberdeen was awesome. Coach Langer and Coach Bohn were a big part of my development into junior hockey and they really helped me a lot in my journey.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You moved to the USHL this season which is considered the best junior hockey league in North America for developing college bound talent. How has your experience been so far with the Lincoln Stars and what have they done for your development?

Logan Britt: My time in Lincoln so far has been really great. The team is a good group of guys and it really makes coming to the rink every morning enjoyable and gets everyone excited to work hard.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Some players don't play at a higher level in junior hockey. What were some of the reasons you decided to move on from the NAHL and play this season in the USHL?

Logan Britt: With making my decision I wanted to get ready for college hockey. I thought that the USHL would help my development in the best way.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Tell us about your overall game. What are some of your strengths as a player on the blue line? Are you more of a defensive defenseman or someone that likes to join the rush and play more of an offensive style?

Logan Britt: Some of my strengths are my passing, hockey IQ, and vision on the ice. I would call myself more of a puck moving defenseman that defends well but also likes to jump up and join the offensive side of the play.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: With this being your last season of juniors prior to coming to Quinnipiac what are some of the areas of your game that you want to improve upon prior to making the jump to college hockey?

Logan Britt: Obviously I want to get faster on the ice and also get stronger off the ice. Those are the two big ones knowing that I’ll be playing against older kids.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Have you been able to watch any Quinnipiac games for afar this season? What are your thoughts on how they have played so far?

Logan Britt: I have not been able to watch any games this season because we play games on Friday and Saturday as well. I know that they have had a hot start to the season, so it’s awesome to see.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Is there any player out there in the game today that you try to model your game after?

Logan Britt: Growing up I watched a lot of Chicago Blackhawks games so one player I used to watch a lot and still do is Duncan Keith.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: To this point in your life who has been your biggest influence to get you to this point where you will play NCAA Division I hockey in a year?

Logan Britt: My family for sure. They have helped me so much to get to where I am today. My parents have supported and sacrificed so much through my journey. I’ll forever appreciate what they have done for me to chase after my dream.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Tell us the type of person that the Quinnipiac community will get on and off the ice?

Logan Britt: I am a hardworking and determined player on the ice. Off the ice I consider myself to be a good kid that likes to crack some jokes and enlighten the mood.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: What are some of the things that Logan Britt likes to do when he is not on the ice?

Logan Britt: I love to hangout with my teammates and bond together. I enjoy watching movies and I’m a big dog person so I love playing with my dog. I occasionally play Fortnite with the guys and friends back home.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Defenseman CJ McGee commits to Quinnipiac

CJ McGee during his time with Don Bosco Prep

The Quinnipiac Bobcats picked up another verbal commitment today this time from 1999 born defenseman CJ McGee who announced it via a twitter post. McGee is the second Pearl River, NY native to commit to the Bobcats following Liam McLinskey. The 1999 born is a 6'0, 181 pound left shot defenseman currently with the Shreveport Mudbugs after being a tender to them before the season. He is off to a blazing start with 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 22 games played and is a plus 11. His 17 points rank him tied fo first on the Mudbugs in scoring and he is also 5th among NAHL defenseman for points.

3.5⭐️CJ McGee to Quinnipiac. Strong skater with four-way mobility to defend and escape the forecheck. 1999 D makes smart reads and commands the OZ blue line where he can rip the puck. Nice two-way game w/upside. A- at NAHL Showcase and B+ at Nationals

Prior to playing with Shreveport, McGee played five seasons for the North Jersey Avalanche program from bantam all the way to the U-18 level. He also was a two year captain at Don Bosco Prep in NJ. When McGee tendered to play in Shreveport last March for this season the Mudbugs director of scouting Mike Grattan said this about McGee. "CJ is a top two-way defender that we have been tracking over the last few seasons. He is a leader and is the type of player and person that will excel in Shreveport."

McGee is the third former Don Bosco Prep player to commit in the past few seasons following John Campomenosi and current Bosco senior  Liam McLinskey. Congrats to CJ and his family and welcome to Bobcat Nation.


Links

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NAHL Player Page


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Monday, November 26, 2018

In the Pipeline: 11/26/2018

Thanksgiving is over and it was a good one for Quinnipiac fans. They swept Maine over the weekend paying them back for the Black Bears sweeping the Bobcats a season ago in Hamden. The team moves to 11-2 on the season and is ranked #9 in the USCHO and USA Hockey polls. They are also ranked 7th in the important pairwise rankings. There was some future Bobcats in action even with the holiday break so lets see how some of them did over the past week.

Justin Robbins has 4 straight wins for the Chicago Steel

BCHL commits

Jayden Lee picked up two more assists this past week for the Powell River Kings. On the season he now has 17 points (1 goal, 16 assists) in 26 games played.

PJ Fletcher picked up a goal in two games played for the Wenatchee Wild. On the season, Fletcher has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 28 games played with his production really picking up since the middle of October.

Wyatt Head picked up a lone assist in two games last weekend. The prior week failed to mention that he had three assists. On the season, Head is the 5th leading scorer on West Kelowna with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 28 games played.

USHL commits

Logan Britt had a strong week with a goal and two assists in three games played for the Lincoln Stars over the past week. In 18 games played, Britt has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists). Expect a Q&A with Britt to be posted on Wednesday.

Justin Robbins is on a hot streak. He has won his last four games for the Chicago Steel and was strong in two wins over the weekend making 37 of 40 saves in the two games. He is 8-5-1-0 on the season with 3.42 goals against and an .880 save percentage in 15 games played.

Evan Fear had one good game and a game that he gave up six goals in. Last Wednesday against Central Illinois he gave up six goals on just 22 shots before being pulled in the third period. Saturday was a much better outing when he made 37 saves in a 6-3 win over Muskegon. On the season he is 6-4-2-0 with a 3.21 goals against and a .908 save percentage. He has one shutout.


Midget, Prep & High School Commits

Jack Silich had a goal and four assists in five games in a tournament this weekend for the Chicago Mission U-15 team as they ended up losing to the Don Mills Flyers in the semifinals. On the season he has 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists) in 43 games played.

Liam McLinskey started play for the Don Bosco Prep hockey team. This past weekend he had two assists in two games as Don Bosco won both of them. He is coming off a 21 point junior season.

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Two Bobcats win ECAC Hockey weekly awards

Odeen Tufto is the ECAC player of the week for November 26th
After its second straight weekend sweep, Quinnipiac men's ice hockey has picked up two more weekly awards as was announced the ECAC league office in a press release. Odeen Tufto took home the ECAC player of the week after a three goal and three assist weekend against the Maine Black Bears. Tufto had a monster game on Friday when he had three goals and two assists and followed the game with an assist on Ethan de Jong's goal on Saturday night. Tufto leads Quinnipiac with 18 points on 9 goals and 9 assists after a 41 point freshman season a year ago. This is the second ECAC player of the week for Tufto who won the award last season for the week of January 16, 2018 when he was also named the rookie of the week as well.

Ethan de Jong (left) won ECAC rookie of the week

A week after Wyatt Bongiovanni took the ECAC rookie of the week award, it was another Quinnipiac freshman claiming the award this week in Ethan de Jong. The North Vancouver, B.C. native had two goals and one assist in two games over the weekend. He is riding a three game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists) and has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 13 games played on Quinnipiac's top line this season. Congrats to both Odeen and Ethan on their ECAC weekly awards.


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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Quinnipiac sweeps weekend series from Maine, moves to 11-2

Quinnipiac swept the weekend series against Maine in Orono
Almost a year after the Maine Black Bears came to Hamden and swept the Bobcats in convincing fashion, Quinnipiac returned the favor this weekend as they blew out Maine 7-2 on Friday night followed by a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday night. The win moved Quinnipiac's record to 11-2-0 (4-2-0 ECAC).

Friday night saw Quinnipiac score thirty seconds into the game as they never looked back. They scored three straight goals, two from Odeen Tufto and one from Alex Whelan before Maine cut into the Bobcats lead. They responded with three unanswered goals with Tufto recording a hat trick on the power play. Freshman Ethan de Jong and Wyatt Bongiovanni also scored for Quinnipiac in that stretch. Maine got one back with five minutes to play in the third period before Joe O'Connor capped the scoring with a quick wrist shot past Jeremy Swayman off a Daniel Winslow face-off win. '

Tufto had a five point night behind a hat trick and two assists while Chase Priskie and Brandon Fortunato had two assists apiece and Ethan de Jong had a goal and an assist.  Andrew Shortridge was strong in between the pipes with 33 saves for his fourth win of the season in as many starts.

Quinnipiac earned its redemption after being swept a season ago by Maine
Saturday night was a much closer game as both teams played a stronger defensive game keeping grade A chances to a minimum. The teams played a scoreless first period mustering on 15 combined shots on goal. It wasn't until almost mid-way through the second period when Scott Davidson rushed the net with a shot that Swayman saved but the rebound found the stick of Michael Lombardi who slipped a back hand pass into the slot which found Zach Metsa who slid the puck past a diving Swayman for his first collegiate goal. Metsa became the sixth different Quinnipiac freshman to score a goal this season.

Quinnipiac goaltender Keith Petruzzelli made the save of the game with 3:40 left in the second period when a puck was in the air heading behind him in which he swiped it out of the air while falling backwards. The Bobcats got an insurance goal from Ethan de Jong just a little over two minutes in the third period off a rebound from Tufto's initial shot.

After the goal Quinnipiac had to face a flurry from Maine as they pressured the Bobcats constantly in the third period with 11 shots on goal. Maine struck iron twice in this game as it happened right after the Metsa goal in the second period along with another chance in the third period. Petruzzelli was a rock tonight for the Bobcats and was Quinnipiac's best player on the ice. He made 23 saves for his second consecutive shutout and third of the season. Maine deserves a ton of credit for battling hard in the second game of this series and taking it to Quinnipiac at times on Saturday night.

Quinnipiac now returns home to play a home and home series with ECAC travel partner Princeton as they will meet in Hamden on Friday night followed by a game the following night in Princeton at the Hobey Baker Rink.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Weekend Preview: Maine Black Bears

Odeen Tufto and the Quinnipiac Bobcats head to Maine with a 9-2 record

Maine Head Coach: 
Red Gendron (6th season) 71-103-22

2018-2019 Maine record: 4-5-1 (2-3-1 Hockey East)

All-time vs. Maine: Quinnipiac is 4-7-1 against Maine

Maine Key Players: Chase Pearson (F), Mitchell Fossier (F), Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (F), Tim Doherty (F), Eduards Tralmarks (F), Rob Michel (D), Brady Keeper (D), Jeremy Swayman (G)

After an 18-16-4 season a year ago, the expectations in Orono are raised a bit in the 6th season of the Red Gendron era. It was Maine's first winning season after three consecutive losing seasons. The Black Bears have the talent in place to compete as they just need to show it on the ice. A year ago Maine came into Hamden and came away with an impressive sweep of Quinnipiac that closed out the first semester for the Bobcats with a losing record. Quinnipiac is a different team than a year ago with more scoring and more confidence than they did when these teams last met.

The Black Bears return nine out of their top ten scorers from a season ago with only Nolan Vesey graduating from last years roster. Despite that they are struggling a bit to score goals this season averaging just 2.4 goals per game. Chase Pearson leads the team with 7 goals and 11 points while Tim Doherty has 5 goals. Freshman Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup is off to a good start with 6 points after having a strong season for Fargo in the USHL last season with 26 goals and 43 points. Mitchell Fossier has been great at dishing the puck so far with a team leading 7 assists. The Black Bears offensive struggles expand to special teams where the power play is converting at a tune of 14.6%.

Defensively Maine has been solid to average at times giving up 2.8 goals per game. The penalty kill has been strong at 85%. Three seniors lead the way in Rob Michel, Keith Muehlbauer and Sam Becker. Sophomore Brady Keeper is also one to watch as he was strong offensively and defensively last season with 22 points and a plus 17. Overall the team is a minus two for the season so there is still some work to get done to make that unit more effective. Its an area that Quinnipiac needs to exploit.

Boston Bruins draft pick Jeremy Swayman is the Maine goaltender back as a sophomore after having an impressive freshman season with a 2.72 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. The numbers this season for Swayman are similar with a 2.79 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Outside of two poor games against Minnesota Duluth when he gave up seven goals and another game against UConn when he allowed five, he has been very steady for Maine this season. Last season against Quinnipiac he was huge in goal for Maine making 95 saves in a weekend sweep of the Bobcats in Hamden last December. 

A week after Quinnipiac had an impressive road sweep over Cornell and Colgate, the Bobcats can't sit on their 9-2 record. This series won't be easy at all but they need to go to Orono and return the favor to what Maine did to them a season ago to help build the pairwise resume along with momentum for two huge series the two following weekends.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Q&A with Quinnipiac commits Christophe Fillion and Christophe Tellier

Quinnipiac recently picked up a pair of commitments from two Quebec born players in Christophe Fillion and Christophe Tellier who are currently playing for the Wenatchee Wild in the BCHL. Natives of Sherbrooke, Quebec they have taken the path to play with each other at multiple stops and are set to do it again as Quinnipiac Bobcats starting in the 2020-2021 season. I had a chance to catch up with the both of them for a Q&A about many different things including their recruitment, hockey in general and off the ice as well. Thanks to both of them for taking the time to do this.

Christophe Tellier (L) & Christophe Fillion (R)

@QHockeyBlog: First off congratulations to the both of you. What are your emotions like for the both of you after making the decision to commit to Quinnipiac?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Both of us are really excited to join the Bobcat family. It has always been a dream for us to play college hockey together.

@QHockeyBlog: Tell us about your overall recruiting process? Has Quinnipiac been following you both for awhile?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Yes, I believe they have been following us for quite awhile. I know that when we both played in Iowa with the Iowa Wild AAA program they came to a few games. Obviously, this year, they have been to a few games and associate coach Joe Dumais probably watches all our games online too.

@QHockeyBlog: Did you have a goal of playing together in college?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Yes we did. Every team we would talk to we would tell them that we were a package deal.

@QHockeyBlog: What other NCAA schools showed interest in you and did the fact that you came together as package deal scare some programs away?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Two schools that showed a lot of interest were the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota State at Mankato. The fact that we came as a package deal probably scared a few schools away, but we don’t really which ones.

@QHockeyBlog: With you both from Sherbrooke, Quebec what was the reason you both went the NCAA path as opposed to many in the province who go major juniors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: We decided to take the college route instead of playing major junior because education is really important for both of our families. If hockey doesn’t work out for us after college, well we will still have a great education and we will be able to get an excellent job down the road.

@QHockeyBlog: I asked this to your fellow province-man and future Bobcat teammate Yaniv Perets but why don’t we see more kids from Quebec go the NCAA route?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: At a young age, I feel like a lot of kids say they want to play college hockey, but as soon as they get interest from a QMJHL team, they show up to a camp thinking they are going to make the team and they loose their eligibility.

@QHockeyBlog: Two part question one for Christopher Fillion and one for Christophe Tellier. What are your strengths currently as a players?

Christophe Fillion: For me, I would say that my hockey sense and my scoring instinct are my strengths.

Christophe Tellier: For me, I would say that I have a play-making instinct and that I have pretty good stick-handling abilities.

@QHockeyBlog: What went into your decision to play junior hockey in the BCHL as opposed to say the NAHL or USHL where you Christopher Fillion played two games last year?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: We decided to play junior hockey in the BCHL because it is a really good offensive league and we thought it would be a better fit for us.

@QHockeyBlog: Within the next year and a half prior to coming to Quinnipiac University for the 2020-2021 season, what do you both want to improve upon as players?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: We probably both want to just become better athletes and work on our defensive game.

@QHockeyBlog: Who to this point in your lives has been the most influential in getting you to this point for an NCAA Division I opportunity?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: For both of us, I would say that our parents are a huge part of our success because of all the support they have given us over the years.

@QHockeyBlog: Off the ice what are some of the things that you both like to do when you are not playing hockey?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Off the ice we both like to golf once in a while. I (Fillion) was actually on the golf team at my prep school so I am pretty good at it. Also, we like to play video games.

@QHockeyBlog: Final question and I asked this same one to Yaniv Perets as well. With me being a Boston Bruins fan obviously Montreal is our hated rival but I’ve been to the Bell Centre for a Bruins and Habs game and I’m not sure there is another arena that can match that atmosphere. Is this something you would agree with and are both of you big fans of the Canadiens?

Christophe Fillion & Christophe Tellier: Yes we agree. We have been to quite a few Montreal Canadians games and it is hard to beat. Everyone is just so loud!


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Monday, November 19, 2018

In the Pipeline: 11/19/2018

After a weekend road sweep that saw Quinnipiac come from behind to beat Cornell and shutout Colgate, the Bobcats are back in the top 10 of the country in both the USCHO and USA Hockey polls. After down year in the 2017-2018 campaign, Quinnipiac looks to have to that season behind them as they look to return to their success in the middle part of the decade. Quinnipiac has six challenging games to close out the first semester with a road series at Maine followed by home and homes with Princeton and UMass Amherst. One game at time for this team has to be the mentality going forward. Now lets take a look at how some future Bobcats did over the past week. 

Corey Clifton with the Surrey Eagles

BCHL commits

Christophe Fillion picked up two assists in three games played for the Wenatchee Wild this week. In 26 games played he has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).

Jayden Lee picked up two more assists this past week for the Powell River Kings. He now has multi point games in four of his six. On the season he now has 15 points (1 goal, 14 assists) in 23 games played. He also signed his National Letter of Intent to play with Quinnipiac for the 2020-2021 season.

PJ Fletcher picked up a goal in three games played for the Wenatchee Wild. He also signed his National Letter of Intent to play with Quinnipiac. On the season, Fletcher has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 26 games played. He is committed for the 2020-2021 season.

As his brother and former Quinnipiac alum Connor was debuting for the Boston Bruins, Corey Clifton had a very solid weekend with three assists in three games for the Surrey Eagles. Clifton is the Eagles third leading scorer with 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 29 games played.

USHL commits

Logan Britt picked up one assist this past week for the Lincoln Stars. In 15 games played, Britt had 7 points (2 goals, 6 assists). He is a minus 2 for the season on the blue-line.

Justin Robbins picked up a win in a 32 save effort in a 4-3 overtime win for Chicago against Madison. In 13 games played, Robbins is 6-5-1-0 with a 3.74 goals against and a .875 save percentage.

NCDC commits

Yaniv Perets struggled this past weekend. He went 1-1 on the weekend but gave up 8 goals in two games played. On the season Perets is 14-3-0-1 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. He signed his National Letter of Intent with Quinnipiac this past weekend.

John Campomenosi picked up an assist this weekend for the Jersey Hitmen in one game played. The New Jersey native has 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 22 games played this season.

Connor Tait had two goals in a win on Saturday for the Jersey Hitmen. The Maryland native has 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 18 games played this season.

Cam Boudreau had one assist for the Junior Bruins in three games this past weekend. The New Hampshire native this season has 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 23 games played.

Jacob Quillan and the Yale U-16 New England Champions

Midget Commits

Jacob Quillan was part of the Yale U-16 team that won the New England Midget Regionals and will take part in nationals in the spring of the 2019.

Jack Silich had one assist in just one game played for the Chicago Mission U-15 team over the weekend. On the season he has 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 39 games played.

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Wyatt Bongiovanni named ECAC Rookie of the Week

Wyatt Bongiovanni (center) has won his first ECAC award

After a three point game in a 5-0 win against the Colgate Raiders in which he had two power play goals, Quinnipiac freshman forward Wyatt Bongiovanni has been named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week as announced in a press release by the league. The Michigan native has gotten off to a good start for the Bobcats with 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 11 games on Quinnipiac's top line. He has two multi point games on the season along with two power play goals.

Bongiovanni came to Quinnipiac after the playing the previous season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) in which he nearly average a point per game last season despite missing games due to injury. He finished his USHL career with 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists) in 152 games games between Muskegon, Tri-City and Des Moines.


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Quinnipiac sweeps weekend slate, moves to 9-2

Keith Petruzzelli made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season

For the first time since February 3rd and 4th of 2017 when they beat Brown and Yale, Quinnipiac swept an ECAC regular season road weekend series. A night after an impressive 4-2 win over Cornell, the Bobcats scored three power play goals in the second period to run away from the Colgate Raiders in a 5-0 win at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, New York.

Four different Bobcats scored goals along with three having multi point games. A night after watching Andrew Shortridge have a strong effort against Cornell, Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli was a rock in between the pipes for the Bobcats with 21 saves for his second shutout of the season. 

Quinnipiac in early in the first didn't get on the score sheet but they showed they were a step ahead of Colgate in this game with their speed and talent. Late in the first period, Quinnipiac forced a turnover by Wyatt Bongiovanni in the offensive zone who fed a cross ice pass for a one-timer by Luke Shiplo that found the web past Colgate goalie Mitch Benson.

In the second period after Colgate's Evan Tschumi was assessed a roughing call, Quinnipiac found the back of the net again when Bongiovanni put home a rebound from an Odeen Tufto shot past Benson as he crashed the net. Less than two minutes later Quinnipiac found themselves back on the power play after Josh McKechney was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for hitting from behind.

Quinnipiac wasted no time going to work as Brandon Fortunato found a hard charging Bongiovanni who slipped a shot short side past Benson from a tough angle to push the Bobcats lead to 3-0. Just over minute later on the same power play Craig Martin batted a puck out of the air into the goal for his third tally of the season. In the third period freshman Daniel Winslow took a quick pass from Odeen Tufto and put a quick wrist shot past Benson for the Bobcats final tally of the night.

Bongiovanni with two goals and an assist led the way offensively while both Chase Priskie and Odeen Tufto had two assists apiece. With the win Quinnipiac moves to 9-2-0 (4-2-0 ECAC) which is good for first place currently in the conference standings. They will return to the ice next weekend when they travel to Orono, Maine for a non conference series against the Maine Black Bears.


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Puck luck key in Quinnipiac 4-2 win over Cornell

The Quinnipiac Bobcats scored another impressive road win beating Cornell 4-2

They say puck luck is a staple of what makes great teams. We don't know for sure if Quinnipiac is a great team yet as this season is just ten games young, but a 4-2 win tonight at Lynah Rink against Cornell gave the Bobcats another signature road win against the defending ECAC regular season champions and the team that swept them out of the ECAC playoffs eight months ago.

A bizarre bounce off the back wall from a harmless Chase Priskie shot from the just inside the red line deflected off the back of Cornell goaltender Matthew Galajda for what turned out to be the game winning goal at the 10:18 mark of the third period. The game didn't start out on Quinnipiac's terms as just forty-seven seconds into the game William Fallstrom took a hooking penalty only to see Cornell's Morgan Barron blast one past Andrew Shortridge (21 saves) for the games first goal and the only scoring in the first period.

Cornell's Beau Starrett was called for a five minute interference major against Desi Burgart which gave the Bobcats a golden opportunity. They capitalized not even a minute into it when Brogan Rafferty bombed a shot from the point past Galajda to even the score at one apiece. The momentum was short lived after Karlis Cukste took an interference call on the power play giving some four on four action. Cornell responded when Yanni Kaldis split the Quinnipiac defense and put one past Shortridge with a wrist shot in the slot to give the Big Red a 2-1 lead.

Hamden native Joe O'Connor a natural defenseman converted to forward snipe a goal high past Galajda just 4:50 into the third period. That gave Quinnipiac the momentum until they got the Priskie goal. Alex Whelan's empty net goal capped the scoring to give the Bobcats their first win at Lynah Rink in two years. Andrew Shortridge played strong with some key saves at the right time as he picked up his third win of the season. Brandon Fortunato had two assists giving him ten on the season already.

Quinnipiac (8-2-0, 3-2-0 ECAC) now travels to Hamilton, New York to face the Colgate Raiders on Saturday night as they look to go into the Thanksgiving on a high note.


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Weekend Preview: Cornell/Colgate

Craig Martin and the Quinnipiac Bobcats head to Cornell & Colgate this weekend

Cornell Head Coach: Mike Schaefer (24th Season) 441-250-91

2018-2019 Cornell record: 4-2 (2-0 ECAC)

All-time vs. Cornell: Cornell leads 22-16-3

Cornell Key Players: Mitch Vanderlaan (F), Morgan Barron (F), Cam Donaldson (F), Max Andreev (F), Michael Regush (F), Yanni Kaldis (D), Alec McCrea (D),

Headline: How Sweep It Is. That was the Cornell Daily Sun on Monday March 12, 2018 two days after Cornell dispatched Quinnipiac with ease in the ECAC Quarterfinals headlined by a 9-1 thrashing in Game 1. That headline has been in the Quinnipiac locker room all summer from all reports and now the time has come for redemption up in Ithaca, NY this weekend when Quinnipiac takes on Cornell at Lynah Rink in a matchup of ranked teams. Fast forward 8 months and the undermanned Quinnipiac team that got beat up has completely changed with 12 new faces that have helped Quinnipic off to a 7-2 start. After dropping its first two games to Michigan State, Cornell has bounced back and won four straight to come into this match-up at 4-2. Per the Cornell Daily Sun, the Big Red will be without junior forward Jeff Malott, Sophomore defenseman Alex Green while Brenden Locke and Brendan Smith are both questionable for the game.

Despite losing three of their top four scorers and no one that scored more than 10 goals, Cornell still possesses some good talent up front. Mitch Vanderlaan and Morgan Barron are two talented players up front along with sophomore Cam Donaldson. A pair of freshman in Max Andreev and Michael Regush have impressed for the Big Red. The Cornell power play has been solid this season at 20%.

Cornell had some early defensive issues in the series against Michigan State that they looked to have corrected in the last four games only allowed seven goals in those four wins. With Alex Green sidelined and Brendan Smith questionable to play, the Big Red defense will get challenged a bit this weekend and will rely a lot on Alec McCrea and Yanni Kaldis to keep things together. The teams penalty kill has been a weakness so far only killing 70.8% of opposing teams power plays. That will need to improve as Quinnipiac possesses a solid power play at 24.4% and will look to add to that this weekend.

Matthew Galajda was the goaltender and rookie of the year in the ECAC and a first team All-American a season ago and was a big part of the Cornell success a year ago. This season he had a sub .900 save percentage (.880) and a 2.71 goals against but that was due to two poor games against Michigan State. Since those two losses he has a goals against of 1.75 more in line of what we all know Galajda is as a player. Expect him to be on his game this weekend and for those Michigan State games to be just a blip on the radar this season.

Colgate Head Coach: Don Vaughan (26th Season) 409-426-99

2018-2019 Colgate record: 2-6-1 (0-1-1 ECAC)

All-time vs. Colgate : Quinnipiac leads 21-15-2

Colgate Key Players: Bobby McMann (F), Adam Dauda (F), Josh McKechney (F), Jared Cockrell (F), Nick Austin (D), Trevor Cosgrove (D), Mitch Benson (G)

Don Vaughan's team is coming off a respectable 17-17-6 campaign one year after bottoming out at 9-22-6. With the team is expected to improve they got the surprise news that star goaltender Colton Point was leaving after his sophomore season to turn professional with the Dallas Stars organization. Without Point in net that left a huge void that was expected to be a strength for the Raiders this season. The team has gotten off to a slow start at 2-6-1 but that is more because the offense has really struggled this season.

Offensively this team has been challenged this year to score goals. In nine games played this season they have only scored ten goals. That just is not going to cut it if they want to have success this season. They need more scoring from the likes of McMann, Dauda, McKechney, Cockrell among others if they want to start winning games. The power play for Colgate has been dismal as well at 11.8%. If the offense doesn't turn it around soon it could be a long season in Hamilton, NY for the Raiders.

Colgate's defense has been up and down this season. They have had games where they have looked solid and games where they have looked very poor. As a team they are giving up over three goals per game which is not a recipe for success. The defense played solid against Ohio State last weekend only really giving up three goals in two games. The fourth goal was an empty net goal. That should give them some confidence heading into a tough weekend series against Princeton/Quinnipiac who are sure to have an onslaught of shots. The penalty kill also needs to show improvement as its sub 80% at 75.9

Filling Colton Points shoes is a major task and not one that Colgate likely expected after last year. Freshman Mitch Benson has gotten the majority of the time in goal and has a .919 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average in eight games played. He's one of three freshman goaltenders on the roster for the Raiders this season and the one that is expected to get the start in goal for this weekends games.


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