Monday, March 12, 2018

In the Pipeline: 3/12/2018

The 2017-2018 Quinnipiac season came to a conclusion on Saturday night. A night after getting blown out 9-1, the Bobcats showed a lot of character battling is strong Cornell team before falling short and losing 2-0. The team finished 16-18-4 which was its worst record since the 1995-1996 season when the school was still playing at the Division II level. While the season may be over that doesn't mean the content here at the blog stops. There is still recruits playing in junior leagues or below, some of the seniors may sign pro contracts or there could be an early departure to the pros from the Quinnipiac roster. We will cover it all and thank everyone that followed this season for the BobcatsHockeyBlog and hope you all continue reading. With that said there was a lot of great play by some of the Quinnipiac commits so lets get to that below.

Desi Burgart, center (photo by the Surrey Now-Leader)

BCHL commits

There isn't a hotter player in the BCHL right now than Desi Burgart over the last week. In 4 games played he had 7 goals and that was only in two of the four games. In Game 4 he had four goals while in the clinching Game 6 for Surrey he had a hat trick. He is third in the BCHL in playoff scoring with 9 points (8 goals, 1 assist). His 8 goals are the most in the BCHL playoffs to this point. Surrey now will have a second round series beginning at Prince George.

St. Louis, Missouri native T.J. Friedmann missed some time in the BCHL playoffs with a lower body injury but returned for the Victoria Grizzlies Game 7 win. He finished the first round series with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the four playoff games. Despite his team in an 0-2 hole he has been one of the bright spots early in the playoffs. Victoria begins the second round at home against Powell River.

Ethan De Jong had three goals in four games played with week for the Prince George Spruce Kings as they won a Game 7 at home to move into the second round. De Jong has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 7 playoff games. His team now will host fellow commit Desi Burgart and the Surrey Eagles in the second round.

Michael Lombardi had his first BCHL season come to an end. He had a goal in Game 4 as West Kelowna was swept out of the playoffs. He finished the postseason with two goals in four games. He's projected for the 2018-2019 recruiting class but also could be pushed a season for the 2019-2020 class.

Nick Kent and the Wenatchee Wild have moved into the second round against the Vernon Vipers. Kent played in 3 games in the first series but did not record a point.

Wyatt Bongiovanni (photo by

USHL commits

William Fallstrom had a pair of assists in two games played this weekend for the Fargo Force. In 47 games, the Sweden native has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists). His team is currently 4th in the USHL Western Conference and fighting to stay in a playoff spot.

Wyatt Bongiovanni had a five point weekend (2 goals and 3 assists) in two games played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks over the weekend. The Michigan native has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 33 games played and averaging almost a point per game. He missed six weeks of the season with an undisclosed injury.

Zach Metsa had a pair of assists two games played for the Central Illinois Flying Aces. In 51 games played between Central Illinois and Youngstown, Metsa has 20 points (2 goals, 18 assists). Since his trade to Central Illinois he has 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 14 games played.

NCDC commits

Cameron Boudreau had one goal in Saturday's 6-1 Jr. Bruins win over the South Shore Kings. The late 1999 born defenseman finished the regular season with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 42 games played on the blue line. The left shot defenseman is steady in his own zone, plays with physicality, retrieves pucks well and is solid at moving the puck. He is currently number 117 on the NHL Central Scouting mid term rankings.

NAHL commits

Marcus Chorney of the Amarillo Bulls had one assist in three games played this past weekend. In 52 games played, Chorney has 23 points (5 goals, 18 assists) with a minus 7 rating. He also recently took part in the NAHL Top Prospects game for Team South where in 2 games he had one assist. As a 1997 born player he is part of the 2018-2019 recruiting class.

AJHL commits

Matt Cassidy had a goal in 3 playoff games so far for the Brooks Bandits as they swept their best-of-five first round series with the Canmore Eagles. They now await their second round opponent. 

Prep Schools/High Schools commits

John Campomenosi's Don Bosco Prep team fell in the New Jersey Non-Public State Championship 4-2 to the Delbarton School who won their third straight title. Campomenosi will now head to juniors before attending Quinnipiac.

Jack Silich, left, celebrating his accomplishment with his family

Midget Commits

Jack Silich had one assist and dished out 7 hits as the Chicago Mission won the Illinois Bantam AAA Major State Championship. Silich was also invited to participate in the 2018 AHAI player development camp for midget and bantam players on March 23-25 of this year. The Mission will head to regionals this weekend followed by Nationals on April 5th.

Jacob Quillan of the Steele Subaru Major Midgets had two goals in yesterday's 5-3 win over the Cape Breton West Islanders. In 9 playoffs games, Quillan has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists).

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