Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Matthew Peca recalled by Tampa Bay Lightning

Former Quinnipiac University forward Matthew Peca (class of 2015) has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL as it was announced by vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman. This is the first call up of Peca's career and the Lightning host the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow where Peca could make his NHL debut after being with the Lightning's AHL affiliate the past two plus seasons.
Matthew Peca (photo by Michelle Bishop)

Peca, of the best players in the history of the Quinnipiac program, was drafted by Tampa in the 7th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 143 points for the Bobcats in his four seasons in Hamden and had one of the more memorable games as a sophomore when he scored a natural hat trick in the 2013 East Regional Final against Union College which helped lead the Bobcats to the programs first ever Frozen Four.

The 23 year old Peca, has 17 points (5 goals and 12 assists) in 28 games played for Syracuse this season. Peca is fourth on the team with 12 assists and tied for fourth for points. He has been on a hot streak recently recording at least a point in seven of Syracuse's previous nine games, notching a goal and seven assists in that span. In 101 career AHL games he has records 14 goals and 64 points.

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

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