Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Five Quinnipiac commits selected in USHL Phase II Draft

Day two of the USHL Draft saw five more future Bobcats selected in the Phase II portion of the draft for players born 1997 to 2001. Over the two day total, Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team saw eight players in total drafted by USHL clubs with three coming last night and the rest selected today.

The first future Bobcat selected was 1998 defenseman Zach Metsa, a Wisconsin native by the Youngstown Phantoms in the 4th round with the 57th pick. Metsa played the the 2016-2017 with the Merritt Centennials (BCHL). In 57 regular season games, Metsa had 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists). He tallied 5 more assists in 11 playoff games for the Centennials. Metsa can either return to Merritt for his final junior season or try to make Youngstown and play at a bit higher level in the USHL.

Corey Clifton was selected by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 5th round, 78th overall. He spent this past season with the North Jersey Avalanche 18U team where he had 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 38 games played. His team made it all the way to USA Nationals but lost in round robin play. He also captained Christian Brothers Academy where he had 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) on the season. It is unknown if Clifton will look to make Muskegon during training camp or sign with another league to avoid having to earn a roster spot in training camp.

In round nine saw the drafting of Salisbury defenseman Peter Dilberatore by the Bloomington Thunder. He had been a Sioux Falls draft pick in Phase I a season ago but was not protected by them. Dilberatore, a Nova Scotia native had 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 30 games played for Salisbury. A left shot defenseman, he is expected to play another season at the Connecticut prep school.

John Campomenosi was drafted by the Madison Capitols in the 13th round, 200th overall. The Wayne, New Jersey native played only played 9 games this season for the New Jersey Hitmen 16U team due to an upper body injury that sidelined him. He finished the season with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists).  Campomenosi also saw 8 games for his high school program Don Bosco Prep in which he logged one assist. He is expected to play another season with Don Bosco and the Jersey Hitmen program.

The final future Bobcat selected was 2001 forward PJ Fletcher in the 19th round, 292nd overall by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Frisco, Texas native plays for the Selects Academy 15 under team at the South Kent School where he is a teammate with current commit Ethan Phillips. In 55 games played for Selects, Fletcher had 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists). He is expected to play another season at South Kent.

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

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