Monday, December 11, 2017

In the Pipeline: 12/11/2017

Quinnipiac ended the first half on a sour note getting swept at home by the Maine Black Bears to fall to 6-10-2 on the season which is the worst first half of a season in their Division 1 history and first losing first half of the season since the 2005-2006 season. The team now gets a much needed breather and doesn't play again until January 2nd. With the fact that the team is now 47th in the pairwise, the expectations now should be lowered due to the teams play as the only way into the NCAA tournament now at this point would be catching fire and winning the ECAC tournament. Let's take a look at how some of the future Bobcats did this past week.

William Fallstrom (photo by USHL)
USHL commits

It was a strong weekend for William Fällström of the Fargo Force as he had a goal and three assists in two games played for Fargo which resulted in a pair of wins over Waterloo. On the season Fällström has 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 21 games played. He is expected to be one of the top 3 centers for the team next season.

Zach Metsa had one assist in two games played over the weekend for the Youngstown Phantoms in
a weekend split of two games against the Sioux Falls Stampede. On the season Metsa has 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) from the blue line in 20 games played.

Justin Robbins picked up his first win of the season for the Chicago Steel on Saturday. He made 29 saves in a 7-3 win over the Madison Capitols. In 5 games played this season, Robbins is 1-2 with a 4.66 goals against average and an .864 save percentage.

NCDC Commits

While his consecutive point streak ended, Guus van Nes still had a 3 point weekend with 2 goals and an assist for the Junior Bruins in a pair of wins over the New Jersey Hitmen. He continues to lead the NCDC in scoring with 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 27 games played. He is one point ahead of former Quinnipiac commit John DeRoche (36 points) who is now committed to the University of Vermont.

Photo by Dave Arnold photography

Prep Schools

Peter Diliberatore had an outstanding week for the Salisbury School. He had 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) on the week and now leads both Salisbury and the Housatonic conference in scoring with 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists). The 2000 born Nova Scotian defenseman should get some serious NHL looks in the 2018 draft if his play continues at this pace.

AJHL Commits

Matt Cassidy had a strong week for the Brooks Bandits with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in three games played. The Medford, New Jersey native has points in 4 of his last 5 games for the Bandits. On the season in 25 games played he has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists).

BCHL Commits
Ethan de Jong made the Canada West team for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge. In the preliminary exhibition game against Russia he had the game winning goal in a 4-2 win along with an assist in the game. In the opening game of the tournament he had one goal in Canada West's 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic. While he is currently committed for 2019-2020, there is a good chance that is is going to be bumped up to next years class due to the offensive struggles Quinnipiac has suffered this year.

Nick Kent is back healthy. After suffering a spleen injury, Kent has now joined the Wenatchee Wild. He has played 5 games but hasn't yet to record a point but this is a big step up for him in terms of competition being a 2001 born player in the BCHL.

Midget Commits

Ethan Phillips had a 3 point weekend (2 goals, 1 assist) as the Selects Academy at South Kent U-16 team split a pair of games against the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite. He now is 3rd on the team in scoring with 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists).

Victor Czerneckianair had a another solid weekend for the South Kent U-15 team with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). On the season he has 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) which puts him second on the team in goals and 3rd on the team in overall scoring.

Jacob Quillan had a four point weekend (2 goals, 2 assists) for the Steele Subaru Major Midgets. On the season Quillan leads the team in scoring with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 25 games played.

Austin Spiridakis picked up another assist this past weekend for the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders AAA team. In 21 games played, Spiridakis has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists).

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