Monday, January 23, 2017

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 1/23/2017

This past weekend the Quinnipiac Bobcats were off so it made a good weekend to have a little Quinnipiac reunion with some old friends as we all gathered down in Hamden for a couple of days. I got the chance to watch some Quinnipiac men's basketball in a win over Canisius College. The rest of the ECAC played and the weekend ended with the Bobcats still in fourth place in the league but three of the teams right below Quinnipiac have multiple games in hand on them. Let's take a look at how some of the future Bobcats did over the past week as a few of them exploded for multi point games.
Matthew Fawcett (photo by Winchendon School)
Winchendon 1999 forward Matthew Fawcett exploded for an eight point week in two games for his prep school with three goals and five assists. Fawcett now has 29 points (12 goals and 17 assists) in 15 games played and is averaging 1.93 points per game. 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. He is putting together a really good resume for him to make the Sioux City Musketeers for next season in the USHL.

Dom Fensore (photo by the Scouting News)
2001 defenseman Dom Fensore continues to impress with a five point weekend (2 goals and 3 assists) in three games for the PAL Jr. Islanders 16U team in the USPHL. The highly talented puck moving defenseman has 19 points (8 goals and 11 assists) in 14 games played with seven points on the power play (3 goals and 4 assists). He continues to show why he should get an invite to the national development camp.

Matt Forchuk (photo by Pam Doyle)
It was another good week for 1996 forward Matt Forchuk who had a four assist game on Saturday for the Canmore Eagles (AJHL). In 40 games played he has 21 goals and 43 assists (64 points) and is second in the AJHL in scoring. He is averaging 1.6 points per game and has 30 power play points (8 goals and 22 assists). He will bring much needed scoring to Hamden in the fall of 2017.

It was the season debut of 1996 defenseman Joe O'Connor for the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) this past weekend as he saw action in two games. The Hamden, Connecticut native has been out the majority of the season with an upper body injury. O'Connor, a former Vermont commit had 52 points last season for Brooks before switching his commitment to Quinnipiac. He will bring size to the Bobcats blue line as part of the 2017 recruiting class.

The most recent commit Mike Lombardi the 1998 forward playing for Kimball Union had a goal and two assists in two games. He now has 34 points (13 goals and 21 assists) in 25 games played. Lombardi also plays for the Boston Jr. Bruins Selects U18 team and has 22 points (9 goals and 13 assists) in 14 games played. Check out my piece on his commitment.

1998 defenseman Zach Metsa had a goal and two assists in two games for Merritt Centennials (BCHL). His lone goal on the weekend was a power play goal. On the season he has 3 goals and 21 assists in 44 games from the blue line and plays with a lot of discipline only taking four penalty minutes all season.

1997 forward Odeen Tufto was traded to the Tri-City Storm (USHL) from the Fargo Force (USHL). He played his first two games for the Storm this weekend and had one assist. He previously had not played since January 7th. On the season Tufto has 22 points (5 goals and 17 assists) in 32 games played. He is part of the Bobcats 2017 recruiting class.

1999 goaltender Keith Petruzzelli of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) pitched a 20 save shutout with a shootout win over Green Bay on Saturday. It was his second shutout of the year. This past week Petruzzelli was named the top North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting. In 21 games played he is 12-7 with a 2.55 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and two shutouts.

New Jersey Hitmen 1997 forward Ryan Finnegan had a three point weekend with two goals and an assist.  In 17 games played since moving to the USPHL from the BCHL Finnegan has 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) with 5 power play points (2 goals and 3 assists).

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

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