Monday, July 30, 2018

Logan Britt commits to Quinnipiac

Logan Britt, right (photo by Steve Sileth)

The Quinnipiac Bobcats picked up a defenseman commitment with the announcement by Logan Britt that he has committed to the program. The Crystal Lake, IL native replaces former commit Dom Fensore who recently de-committed and flipped to Boston University. Britt is expected to be part of the 2019-2020 Quinnipiac freshman class. 

The 6'1, 174 pound Britt is a 1999 born left shot defenseman who played the past season with the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL. In 52 games played he had 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists). He added another three assists in five playoff games. He also suited up in 14 games for the Wings in the 2016-2017 season. Prior to playing with Aberdeen he was a member of the Team Illinios U-16 team that competes in the High Performance Hockey League.

Britt was the 11th overall pick in the USHL Phase II draft by the Lincoln Stars and is expected to play for them in the upcoming USHL season before coming to Quinnipiac.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bo Pieper signs with ECHL Reading Royals

Bo Pieper (photo by Jenn Hoffman, Pucks & Rec)

Former Quinnipiac former Bo Pieper ('18) signed an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers per a press release as announced by the team. The Roseville, Minnesota native completed a four year career with Quinnipiac in which scored 65 points (32 goals, 33 assists) in 165 career games played.

He concluded his senior season in 2017-2018 by playing in 38 games played in which he recorded 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists). At the conclusion of the season he signed with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL), skating in three games and recording four penalty minutes with a minus 2 rating. Pieper was part of two Quinnipiac teams that reached the NCAA tournament along with the 2015-2016 team that reached the Frozen Four and was the National Runner-up.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

John Furgele signs with ECHL Maine Mariners

John Furgele, center in game against Colgate (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Former Quinnipiac Bobcats defenseman John Furgele has signed with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL according to a press release announced by the team. The Mariners will begin play in the 2018-2019 season, were formally the Alaska Aces but were relocated to Maine for the upcoming season and will be an affiliate of the New York Rangers. Furgele, who played one season at Quinnipiac after transferring from the University of New Hampshire following two seasons there, played in 38 games for the Bobcats recording 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists) with 14 penalty minutes and was a minus five for the season.

A native of Glen Mills, PA, Furgele had one year of college eligibility remaining but graduated this past May. Furgele was a reliable defenseman for Quinnipiac and earned the respect of his teammates as he was an alternate captain for the team in the 2017-2018 season. In 111 NCAA games between the University of New Hampshire and Quinnipiac, Furgele recored 37 points (4 goals, 33 assists).

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Incoming Quinnipiac freshman Peter Diliberatore selected by Vegas Golden Knights

Peter Diliberatore (photo by the Salisbury School)

Incoming Quinnipiac freshman defenseman Peter Diliberatore, was selected in the 6th round with the 180th pick by the defending NHL Western Conference champion, Vegas Golden Knights. Diliberatore, a native of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada just completed his senior season at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He finished the season with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 27 games played. Over his two seasons at Salisbury he finished with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists). He was also a member of the Yale Hockey U-18 program that made it to USA Nationals this past season.

The 5'11, 161 pound left shot defenseman is a mobile puck mover with good offensive skills. He was ranked 144th on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings. His draft selection marks six straight years that Quinnipiac has had a drafted player in the NHL Entry Draft following Keith Petruzzelli (2017), Chase Priskie (2016), Karlis Cukste (2015), Devon Toews (2014) along with Connor Clifton and Peter Quenneville in 2013.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Landon Smith signs with Karlskrona HK (Sweden)

Landon Smith, right in a game at Union (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Former Quinnipiac Bobcats forward Landon Smith has signed a one year contract with Karlskrona HK in the second-tier Swedish league Hockeyallsvenskan per a press release from the team. The 24-year-old Smith just concluded a four year career with Quinnipiac in which he played in 143 games scoring 43 goals with 66 assists. He was limited to 21 games played in the 2017-2018 season due to an upper body injury.

The Greenwood Village, Colorado native graduated from Quinnipiac this past May, helped lead the Bobcats to two NCAA tournament appearances, two ECAC regular season championships, one ECAC tournament championship and a Frozen Four appearance in 2015-2016 in which Quinnipiac finished as the National Runner-Up to North Dakota in Tampa, Florida. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team as a freshman after the 2014-2015 season.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Keith Petruzzelli selected for USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase camp roster

Keith Petruzzelli in a game against BU in October 2017 (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

Quinnipiac Bobcats rising sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli has been selected to attend the USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase that will be held from July 28th to Aug. 4th in Kamloops, British Columbia. The camp will give the players the chance to audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, Dec. 26, 2018, through Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Petruzzelli will compete against Northeastern goaltender Cayden Primeau, Kyle Kesler of the Oshawa Generals (OHL) and 2001 born goaltender Spencer Knight of the United States National Developmental program. Petruzzelli is no stranger to international competition having represented the United States at the 2016 Hlinka Memorial tournament where the team took home the silver medal. 

The Wilbraham, Massachusetts native just completed his first season at Quinnipiac going 5-6-2 with a 2.88 goals against average and an .892 save percentage in 17 games played. The 2017, 3rd round pick by the Detroit Red Wings is expected to battle junior Andrew Shortridge once again for the starting goal-tending job this fall.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Q&A with Quinnipiac commit Skyler Brind'Amour

Skyler Brind'Amour during his time with USA Hockey (photo by USA Hockey)

Quinnipiac picked up its most recent commit from a player with a famous last name in the hockey world. Skyler Brind'Amour the son of current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour who played 20 years in the NHL gave a verbal commitment to Quinnipiac for the 2019-2020 season. Coming off his first season of junior hockey with the Chilliwack Chiefs, Brind'Amour was gracious enough to give the BobcatsHockeyBlog some time for a Q&A to discuss his recruitment, his overall game and growing up in a hockey family with an NHL player for a father. Thanks again to Skyler for this interview and once again welcome to Bobcat Nation. 

BobcatsHockeyBlog: First off congratulations. What are you emotions like now that you have made this decision to commit to Quinnipiac?

Skyler Brind'Amour: Thanks and I am just excited to be a part of Quinnipiac. It's a great school and has an awesome hockey tradition so I am just very excited.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: This isn't your first time committing to a Division I program as you were previously committed to Michigan State. What went into the decision to move away from the commitment to them, especially with it being the school where your father went? Was it a mutual decision?

Skyler Brind'Amour: After the season I just sat down with my family and it was in my best interest to re-open up my recruitment and decommit from Michigan State and I just felt like Quinnipiac is a better fit for me to develop as a person and player.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: After you re-opened your recruitment, did other schools besides Quinnipiac reach out to you? When was the first time that Quinnipiac reached out to you?

Skyler Brind'Amour: Yes, there were a couple of schools, but after a couple days I heard from Quinnipiac and it was a place I knew I wanted to be, so it worked out for the best.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Have you taken a visit yet to the Quinnpiac campus and if so what are your thoughts on it?

Skyler Brind'Amour: Yes. I went a couple years ago and was very impressed with the campus and hockey facilities!

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You grew up in a hockey family with your father being Flyers and Hurricanes great and current head coach of the Hurricanes in Rod Brind'Amour, but you really didn't grow up in a hockey crazed area. What is the youth hockey like in North Carolina and how did you feel it impacted your development as a player?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I played all the way up in Raleigh, until my U-18 year, for the Junior Hurricanes and it was awesome. Everyone always think we didn't have a good program but we were actually one of the best teams growing up as we played all the top teams and we were right there with the best of them.  I was lucky enough to have great coaches and teammates to help me out. So it was really good for my development I feel.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You then moved to the South Kent School to play for the U-18 Selects program in 2016-17 and also had some time with the United States National Developmental Program. What was that experience like for your development?

Skyler Brind'Amour: It was really good being able to workout and get on the ice everyday was huge at South Kent and playing for the National Developmental Program for a couple games was an honor. Just seeing the best kids at my age level and how they handle themselves, was a huge experience and something that I won't ever forget.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You spent the last year with the Chilliwack Chiefs and won the RBC cup but didn't put up huge offensive numbers as you finished the season with 24 points in 52 games. Was there an adjustment to junior hockey and how do you think you would assess your first year of junior hockey?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I think anytime you transition to a new league it takes some time obviously to adjust. I would have liked to have been better offensively throughout the year but feel like at the end of the season in the RBC Cup it started to come around a little bit for me.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Tell us about your overall game as a player? What are some of your strengths?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I think I'm a smart player that makes plays and plays both ends of the ice. I have the ability to win face offs and is someone who plays hard.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: What areas in your game do you think you need to improve upon as a player?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I feel I need to use my frame better with just using my size to hang on to pucks and the other thing is just my pace. I want to be able to sustain speed through the whole shift.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: What are your plans for next year? Is another season of junior hockey going to happen for you to improve as a player?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I plan on going back to Chilliwack to develop one more year before heading to Quinnipiac.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You were recently drafted by Fargo in the Phase II Draft. Are there any plans to try to make the Force out of training camp or is Chilliwack set in stone for 2018-2019?

Skyler Brind'Amour: No. Chilliwack is set in stone for me for next season.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: What was it like growing up with a father in Rod Brind'Amour who was one of the star players in the 1990's and early 2000's?

Skyler Brind'Amour: It was pretty cool just learning from him what it takes to be a hockey player and being able to go in locker room after games and see other guys and what they do was definitely something I am very thankful for.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: His physical fitness was a big thing that contributed to his 20 years in the NHL. How much has he taught you about that and is it something that you take very seriously?

Skyler Brind'Amour: Yes. It's definitely something I take seriously as he just always taught me to not be out worked because that's something you can control so I've taken that to heart and he is always pushing me to be my best.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: The Edmonton Oilers selected you in the 6th round of the 2017 draft. What was that experience like and are you expected to go to their development camp this year?

Skyler Brind'Amour: It was a dream come true. I was very honored to be taken by such a great organization. And yes I will be attending this years developmental camp.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: You have been to an Edmonton camp before last summer. What do those camps entitle and how much can you learn in such a short period of time?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I learned a lot last year from the developmental camp. I think the key is just taking in all the information and the little tidbits the coaches tell you.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Is there any player that you try to model your game after?

Skyler Brind'Amour: No not really one guy. I watch a lot of NHL hockey and like to pick up little things from a bunch of players and try to implement them into my game, the best I can.

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

Skyler Brind'Amour: I would say my dad. He's just been someone I've always looked up to as a player but more importantly as a person. And he's taught me so much, so I'm just very thankful for all he's done for me.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Tell us what type of person the Quinnipiac community will get in Sklyer Brind'Amour on and off the ice?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I'm just a quiet guy that works hard and loves to compete.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: Off the ice what do you enjoy doing when you are not playing hockey?

Skyler Brind'Amour: I just like being outside and active playing all kinds of sports. I am a big basketball player away from hockey so love doing that.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Quinnipiac releases 2018-2019 schedule

BobcatsHockeyBlog stock photo

The Quinnipiac Bobcats released the 2018-2019 men's ice hockey schedule today and it features some traditional Hockey East powerhouses in single games against Boston College in Hamden and Boston University at Agganis Arena along with a two game series with two rising teams in UMass-Amherst and Maine. Also included in the non-conference slate are single Hockey East games against Connecticut and Vermont along with a pair of games against AIC and a single game against Holy Cross. The final non-conference game is a game at Nassau Coliseum against Colgate. Quinnipiac and Colgate will still meet in both Hamden and Hamilton this season but this is similar to what the teams did in the 2012-2013 season when they met in a non-conference game on Cape Cod. Here is the schedule in full below. Home games are in bold.

Saturday October 6 - University of Prince Edward Island (Exhibition)
Saturday October 13 - at Vermont
Tuesday October 16 - UConn
Friday October 19 - Boston College
Friday October 26 - At AIC
Saturday October 27 - AIC
Friday November 2 - at Harvard
Saturday November 3 - at Dartmouth
Friday November 9 - RPI
Saturday November 10 - Union
Friday November 16 - at Cornell
Saturday November 17 - at Colgate
Friday November 23 - at Maine
Saturday November 24 - at Maine
Friday November 30 - Princeton
Saturday December 1 - at Princeton
Friday December 7 - UMass Amherst
Saturday December 8 - At UMass Amherst
Saturday December 29 - Colgate (Neutral site game at Nassau Coliseum)
Friday January 4 - Colgate
Saturday January 5 - Cornell
Friday January 11 - Dartmouth
Saturday January 12 - Harvard
Saturday January 19 - At Boston University
Tuesday January 22 - Holy Cross
Friday February 1 - at Clarkson
Saturday February 2 - at St. Lawrence
Friday February 8 - Yale
Saturday February 9 - Brown
Friday February 15 - at Union
Saturday February 16 - at RPI
Friday February 22 - St. Lawrence
Saturday February 23 - Clarkson
Friday March 1 - at Brown
Saturday March 2 - at Yale

Analysis: Quinnipiac plays against some quality teams in Boston University and Boston College both that will have high end players. UMass Amherst also has Cale Makar returning and momentum trending upwards. Maine was solid last year but was that an aberration or are they headed upwards as well. Vermont, UConn, AIC and Holy Cross are not very good teams while playing a third game against Colgate isn't really ideal. You want to see Quinnipiac play some of the power teams from out west like the Minnesota's, North Dakota's and Denver's of the world more often. However with the amount of underclassmen this team will have on the roster and the season they are coming off of, this schedule to me bodes well where they should be able to turn things around to the type of seasons they have had in the past. Coming off a 9th place finish, expectations in the Quinnipiac locker room will be high but outside of those walls to the media and in the college hockey world in general, I would expect this team to be picked in the 4-6 range in the ECAC this season. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Skyler Brind'Amour commits to Quinnipiac

Skyler Brind'Amour (photo by the Chilliwack Chiefs)

The Quinnipiac Bobcats picked up a commit with a familiar last name. A source confirms that Skyler Brind'Amour, the son of new Carolina Hurricanes head coach and former Stanley Cup winning captain of the Hurricanes Rod Brind'Amour, has verbally committed to Quinnipiac  for the 2019-2020 season. Brind'Amour who played this past season for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL was previously a Michigan State commit. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 6th round, pick 177 of the 2017 NHL Draft.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Brind'Amour a 6'2, 175 pound center finished his rookie season with Chilliwack with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 52 games played. He added another 3 assists in seven playoff games before having a strong RBC Cup in which Chilliwack was the host team. In six games played in the tournament, Brind'Amour had 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists).

He previously played with the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes U16 AAA program for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons before heading north to Connecticut to play for the U18 Selects Hockey team at South Kent. He also has some experience with the United States National Developmental Program in the 2016-2017 season. The Fargo Force selected him in the 6th round of the 2018 Phase II Draft. Its not known if Brind'Amour will return to Chilliwack next season or look to make the Fargo Force for next season.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Three Quinnipiac commits selected in the QMJHL Draft

Three Quinnipiac men's ice hockey commits were selected over the weekend in the annual Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft. This draft features 2002 born players along with some 2001's in Eastern Canada and the New England states.

In the 8th round Southington, Connecticut native Victor Czerneckianair, a 2002 born left shot forward was selected by the Halifax Mooseheads. Czerneckianair is coming off a 75 point season for the U-15 Selects Academy team at South Kent.

The second Bobcat selected was Jacob Quillan in the 11th round by the Quebec Remparts. Quillan, a 2002 left shot center, is the younger brother of Colgate defenseman Nick Quillan and is coming off a 60 point season for the Steele Subaru Major Midgets team that won the NSMMHL championship.

In the 13th round, Ethan Phillips, a 2001 born forward was selected by his hometown Halifax Mooseheads. He played the last two season at the Selects Academy at South Kent and will be part of the U-18 South Kent team this coming season in his draft year. His family has been a billet family for the Mooseheads for a number of years.

None of the three are expected flight risks to the QMJHL at this point and the last Quinnipiac commit to head north of the border was Southbury, Connecticut native Chase Harwell who spent five mediocre years with Sherbrooke and Victoriaville before heading to Concordia University.

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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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