Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 1/17/2017

It was an up and down weekend for the Quinnipiac Bobcats as they returned to the High Point Solutions Arena for the first time in a month. After winning 4-1 on Friday against Colgate when the team displayed a vintage Quinnipiac performance, Saturday was a different story as the Bobcats could only muster one goal on twenty shots as the Cornell Big Red defense suffocated Quinnipiac in a 2-1 loss. The Bobcats need to win out in the regular season to at least reach #13 in the pairwise rankings and that is without any other results taking place. With that said lets move on to the performances of some future Bobcats over the last week of games.

Justin Robbins (photo by North Jersey Avalanche)
North Jersey Avalanche 1999 goaltender Justin Robbins picked up four wins over the weekend in Tier I action. On Saturday he made 26 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. He played in two games on Sunday as he shut out the Cleveland Barons with 15 saves and in the second game he had 27 saves in a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Jr Sabres. On Monday he made 31 saves in a 5-4 win over the Ohio Blue Jackets In 19 Tier I games for North Jersey he is 17-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .933 save percentage with five shutouts. His North Jersey team is 28-1 this year in Tier I games. His USHL rights are held by the Chicago Steel and the hope is he will make the team full time next season.

Matt Forchuk (photo by Pam Doyle)
Canmore Eagles (AJHL) 1996 forward Matt Forchuk had two goals and one assist in three games over the past week. He is tied for the league scoring lead with his teammate Logan Ferguson with 60 points (21 goals and 39 assists) in 38 games played. 8 of this 21 goals this season are on the power play along with 3 short-handed goals. The Bobcats will need his scoring ability to show up immediately next season when he arrives in Hamden.
Nicholas Kent (photo by Delta Hockey Academy)
2001 defenseman Nicholas Kent had a his best game of the weekend this past Saturday for the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15's when he had a goal and two assists. In 20 games played this season, the Ladera Ranch, CA native has 1 goal and 17 assists. His lone goal was on the power play. Kent was already drafted in the 7th round, 147th overall by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. He is eligible to be drafted in the 2017 USHL Phase I draft this year.

1999 forward Matt Fawcett had two goals and two assists over the past week and now has 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists) in 13 games for Winchendon. He is averaging 1.62 points per game in prep action. Fawcett is also splitting his time playing for the Eastern Mass Senators U-18 team. In 23 games played he has 53 points (24 goals and 29 assists). He is averaging 2.30 points per game. His USHL rights are held by the Sioux City Musketeers and he has already played two games for them this season. He was also previously drafted by the the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The hope for him is that is playing for Sioux City regularly next season.

2000 defenseman Peter Diliberatore had two assists this past week for the Salisbury School. In 17 games played on the blue he had 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists). His USHL rights are held by Sioux Falls Stampede and the Halifax Mooseheads own his rights in the QMJHL. The hope would be for Diliberatore to finish this season strong with Salisbury and then earn a spot with Sioux Falls next fall.

2001 defenseman Domenick Fensore was featured in Jeff Cox's USPHL all-star game report for SB Nation. He still likes Fensore as someone that will likely get an invitation to the NTDP Evaluation Camp.

I highlighted 1999 goaltender Keith Petruzzelli's shining in the USHL/NHL top prospects game last week here. Petruzzelli struggled in his first game since the top prospects game when he gave up five goals on 34 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Madison Capitols. Its only the third game this season that he has given up five or more goals in a game.

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

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