Monday, April 3, 2017

Quinnipiac recruiting notes 4/3/17

Its the week of the Frozen Four in Chicago and while Quinnipiac is not in it this season, that doesn't mean the college hockey season is over yet. Quinnipiac associate head coach Bill Riga has interviewed for the RPI job and could possibly be one of the finalists for the gig. His loss, if he were to be offered and accept the RPI job would be a huge impact on the Bobcats recruiting in the future as he has recruited many of the talented future players that Quinnipiac has in its pipeline. Moving on from that, there are still a few Quinnipiac commits playing in the regular season along with some in the playoffs. Let's take a look at a few of them over the past week of game action.

Keith Petruzzelli (photo by Muskegon Lumberjacks)
It was a strong weekend of play for 1999 goaltender Keith Petruzzelli of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) as he made 64 of 68 saves in two games played. He won his start on Friday against Bloomington 5-2 while losing a shootout 3-2 to Team USA on Saturday. Petruzzelli has been strong in the last six weeks of the season giving up two goals or less in 8 of his last 11 starts. The top rated goaltender in North America will likely take the lead role in goal for Muskegon in the Clark Cup playoffs. On the season, Petruzzelli is 21-10 with a 2.41 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and has two shutouts.

1997 forward Odeen Tufto had his five game point streak come to an end in yesterday's Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) 4-1 win over Tri-City. Tufto had a goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. He finished the five game point streak with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists). On the season, Tufto has 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 57 games played. Those totals tie him for 11th in scoring in the USHL. He has three games left in the regular season to try to eclipse 50 points. 
Matt Cassidy (photo by Joni Coons)
Matt Cassidy had two assists this past weekend for the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL). The 1999 forward out of Medford, New Jersey has had points in 6 of his last 7 games totaling 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists). In 54 games played, Cassidy has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists). Springfield has two games left in the season as they did not qualify for the playoffs. 

1996 defenseman Joe O'Connor has been a point per game player in the playoffs so far for the Brooks Bandits (AJHL). In 6 playoffs games he has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists). The Hamden, Connecticut natives team is currently tied at a game apiece in the AJHL south division finals. Over the weekend he had a goal and two assists as the team split the first two games of the series.

While the official US National Development program roster has yet to be formally announced, the BobcatsHockeyBlog reported that per a source, defenseman Dom Fensore made the team. Congrats to Dom and his family on this great accomplishment.

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


  1. victor czerneckianair 02 committ will be playing in arizona nationals with his midfairfield team. finished this past weekend at university vermont prep cup. had 8 goals 3 assists. had 4 goals one assist 9in the semis a 5 to 1 win and winning in finals 5to1. good luck in arizona

  2. Thanks for the update on Victor. On top of Victor playing at nationals there will be 4 other Bobcat commits playing as well