Monday, December 5, 2016

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 12/5/2016

It was frustrating home weekend slate of games for the Quinnipiac Bobcats as they out shot RPI and Union combined 105 to 32 yet only came away with two ECAC points on the weekend. After winning 4-1 Friday night against RPI, the Bobcats were stymied against Union in a 5-2 loss on Saturday. Now lets move on to this weeks Quinnipiac recruiting notes.

1998 defenseman Zach Metsa scored his first goal of the season for the Merritt Centennials but he did so in dramatic fashion, with an overtime winner to beat the Victoria Grizzlies 3-2 on Saturday night. Metsa has 17 points (1 goal and 16 assists) in 30 games played with many of his assists coming on the power play. Metsa will be NHL draft eligible for the first time in 2017.

Zach Metsa (photo by Merritt Centennials)
1997 forward Matt Creamer had a goal and assist in two games for the Nanaimo Clippers this weekend. This season he has nine goals and seven assists in 30 games played. That surpasses his production from a season ago when he had only six goals and two assists in 47 games played. Creamer is expected to join the Bobcats in the fall of 2017.

1997 Odeen Tufto ended his four game scoreless streak with an assist in a 6-2 loss for Fargo against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Tufto has 11 points (3 goals and 8 assists) in 21 games played for the Force this season. Tufto will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2017.

It was a rebound performance for 1999 goaltender Keith Petruzzelli after he gave up 8 goals in a game to Team USA. On Friday he gave up two goals in a loss to the Lincoln Stars as he made 28 saves. Five out of the last six games for Petruzzelli have been very good outside of the game against Team USA.

1997 Ryan Finnegan returned for his first game in almost a month for the New Jersey Hitmen Premier team due to an undisclosed injury. He had an assist in his return in a 6-1 win over the P.A.L Junior Islanders Premier Team. He has ten points (3 goals and 7 assists) in 6 games this year for the Hitmen after being traded to them from Alberni Valley of the BCHL.

1998 forward John DeRoche had three assists in Friday's 5-2 win for the Topeka RoadRunners. In seven games played he has four goals and four assists. Since his trade from the USHL to the NAHL he is at a 1.14 point per game clip and his confidence is rising.

A couple of teammates committed to Quinnipiac had a pair of games this weekend. 2001 forward Ethan Phillips played in one of the two games this weekend an had an assist. In 30 games played he has 40 points (17 goals and 23 assists). Fellow commit, 2001 forward P.J. Fletcher missed the weekend for the South Kent with an undisclosed injury. On the season he 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists) in 32 games played.

Dom Fensore (photo by the Scouting News)
Another set of teammates both committed to Quinnipiac played multiple games this weekend. 1999 forward Corey Clifton had a goal and four assists in four games for the North Jersey Avalanche 18U playing in their Tier I hockey schedule. Clifton is averaging a point per game (4 goals and 15 assists) in 19 Tier I games this year. 1999 goaltender Justin Robbins had 21 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Boston Advantage on Saturday while he had 26 saves in a 3-1 win against the New Hampshire Monarch's on Sunday. Robbins has been really good in Tier I play so far this year. In 12 games played he is 10-1 with a 1.99 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

2001 defenseman Dom Fensore is averaging 1.3 points per game from the blue line for the P.A.L Junior Islanders 16U team. He had another goal this weekend in a 5-3 win over the CP Dynamo 16U team. Fensore has three multi point games in his last five for the Islanders. Two of his six goals have come shorthanded and he also has a power play goal.

2001 defenseman Nicholas Kent had two assists this weekend for the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15's. On the season he has 13 assists in 16 games played. The California native has yet to find the back of the net as a season ago with the Delta Bantam team he had seven goals from the blue line.

2002 forward Jacob Quillan is heating up for the Steele Subaru Major Midget team. This weekend he had a goal and an assist in two wins for the team. He has points in six of his last eight games with two of those game multi point games. In 19 games played this season he has three goals and nine assists.

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

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