Monday, January 30, 2017

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 1/30/2017

It was a tough weekend for Quinnipiac as they ended up splitting a weekend series against a second year program in Arizona State. After a solid 5-2 win on Friday night the Bobcats made mistakes defensively which contributed to a 4-2 loss Saturday giving the Sun Devils their biggest win in program history to date. Quinnipiac has seven games left in the regular season with all in the ECAC and even winning out would get the Bobcats to #18 in the pairwise as currently constituted before any other results come in to play. With that said lets take a look at what some of the future Bobcats did over the weekend.

A couple of future Bobcats playing for the 15-U Selects Academy team at the South Kent School won the 2017 Mid Winter AAA Classic Invitational in Detroit, Michigan. 2001 forwards Ethan Phillips and P.J. Fletcher helped lead South Kent to the tournament title. Phillips played in five of the six tournament games and had 13 points (6 goals and 7 assists) while Fletcher played in all six games showing outstanding play-making ability and physicality. He finished the weekend with 10 points (3 goals and 7 assists). In 42 games played this season Phillips has 62 points (29 goals and 33 assists) while Fletcher in 46 games played has 51 points (19 goals and 32 assists).

Ethan Phillips (photo by South Kent School)

P.J. Fletcher (photo by South Kent School)
2001 defenseman Dom Fensore continues to put up points from the blue line for the P.A.L Junior Islanders 16U team (USPHL). Over the weekend in four games played Fensore had a goal and three assists. In 18 games played he has 23 points (9 goals and 14 assists). One has wonder if he could be in a mold similar to Adam Fox of Harvard who was taken in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Calgary Flames. Fox is 5'10 but he is an excellent puck mover and has the ability to score as well. Currently, Fensore is only 5'8 but he still only 15 years old and won't turn 16 until September of this year so one would think he still has some more growth in him. Jeff Cox of SB Nation had nothing but good things to say when he saw him at the USPHL All Star Game. Here is the link to his story.

Another weekend another multi point game for 1996 forward Matt Forchuk. In two games played this weekend he had five assists including a four assist game on Saturday in a 7-3 win for the Canmore Eagles (AJHL). Forchuk has only been held scoreless in seven of his 42 games played this season which is an astonishing number. In those 42 games played he has 69 points (21 goals and 48 assists) and averaging 1.6 points per game this year. He should be someone that will make an impact for the 2017-18 Quinnipiac team when he arrives in Hamden.

Dom Fensore (photo by the Scouting News)
1997 forward Odeen Tufto had a very good week for his new team the Tri-City Storm (USHL). He had a two goal and two assist week highlighted by his three point night on January 24th against the Omaha Lancers but it was his goal on Saturday against Team USA that was eye opening. He tucked the puck home in a tight opening past Keegan Karki a North Dakota commit. Check out the video here. Tufto will be part of the 2017 recruiting class that will also feature Matt Forchuk and likely Keith Petruzzelli as some of the headliners. 

Matt Fawcett continues to remain hot for the Winchendon School. The 1999 forward out of Rhode Island is now averaging two points per game. In 18 games played he has 36 points (16 goals and 20 assists). A season ago with Winchendon he had 38 points in 28 games played so he is well ahead of last years pace. I'd expect him to play next season in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers where he already played in two games this year. I have him projected to arrive in Hamden in the fall of 2019 but depending on his development could be pushed to 2018 depending on early departures, transfers, etc.

1997 forward Daniel Winslow had two goals in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Jr Flyers for the New Jersey Hitmen Premier team (USPHL). In 36 games the Fairfield, CT native has 21 points (13 goals and 8 assists).

1998 defenseman TJ Brown of the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in his last five games. On the season in 47 games played Brown has 23 points (4 goals and 19 assists).

1998 forward John DeRoche is no longer committed to Quinnipiac. The Lynnfield, MA native started the season with Cedar Rapids in the USHL before being traded to the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL. He had 19 points in 22 games for the RoadRunners.

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

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