Monday, November 28, 2016

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 11/28/2016

It was a slow week for future Quinnipiac commits as some recruits had a quiet games on the ice and some commits didn't have any games at all due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We also saw the Bobcats play in the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland where they tied Saint Lawrence on Friday before winning in a shoot-out and then getting beat 5-1 Saturday to a quality Vermont Catamount squad. With that said lets get on to this weeks notes.

Matt Fawcett (photo courtesy of Winchendon School)

Two commits kick off their prep school season this week in 1999 forward Matt Fawcett for The Winchendon School and 2000 defenseman Peter Diliberatore for the Salisbury School. Fawcett has already played two games this season for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL who hold his rights and is currently on their affiliate list. He didn't record a point in either game he played. He will also play for the U18 Eastern Mass Senators split season team on top of playing for Winchendon. Diliberatore according to Neutral Zone is a smart, dynamic offensive defender. He was selected in the 10th round by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2016 USHL Phase I draft but was also a 4th round selection by his hometown Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL which makes him a possible flight risk to major junior hockey.

Another commit starting his school season this week is 1999 forward Corey Clifton who on top of playing for the North Jersey Avalanche 18U team also will be playing as a senior for the Christian Brothers Academy. His high school season kicks off on November 28th.

1999 goaltender Keith Petruzzelli had his roughest game of the season against Team USA on November 22nd when he gave up eight goals on 37 shots. He had not given up more than three goals per game in any of the games he played in this season. He currently is 7-4 with a 2.57 goals against average and .914 save percentage but the last two statistics are skewed due to that one bad game. He has been playing some really good hockey in between the pipes for Muskegon until his most recent start.  as he was playing some really good hockey in net for Muskegon. I wouldn't expect this one bad performance by him to be something of a trend. Petruzzelli is an extremely talented goaltending prospect that plays with great confidence.
Keith Petruzzelli (photo by Muskegon Lumberjacks)

Two Quinnipiac commits went head to head in action this weekend when 1999 forward Matt Cassidy of the Springfield Junior Blues faced off against 1998 forward John DeRoche of the Topeka RoadRunners. Cassidy picked up another point on the weekend with an assist on Friday while DeRoche was held scoreless. However, DeRoche seemed to be snake bitten in Saturday's game as he led Topeka with 10 shots on goal.

1998 forward Khristian Acosta continues to be a point per game player in the NAHL. While he has not scored a goal in over a month he does have nine assists in that time frame. On the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton he has 6 goals and 11 assists in 15 games played.

1998 defenseman Zach Metsa had one assist against Salmon Arm this past weekend. He now has 16 assists in 29 games played for Merritt in the British Columbia Hockey League.

1996 forward Matt Forchuk had two more goals in a November 22 game for the Canmore Eagles. In 25 games played, he is the teams leading scorer with 13 goals and 25 assists and the third leading scorer in the AJHL.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathan_singer.

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