Monday, March 5, 2018

In the Pipeline: 3/5/2018

Quinnipiac is once again headed to the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament. After going on the road 8 miles down Whitney Avenue to face Yale, Quinnipiac swept their rival out of the ECAC playoffs in convincing fashion winning 5-1 and 4-1. Next up for the Bobcats is top seed Cornell at Lynah Rink. Quinnipiac was swept by the Big Red this season losing 2-1 and 1-0 but this team has prior success in the postseason against Cornell and have played very well in the past five plus years at Lynah. Expect a hard fought series and this to possibly go the distance as three of the four playoff series prior between them have gone to a Game 3. Now lets take a look at how some of the future Bobcats did over the past week.

William Fallstrom (photo by USHL)

USHL commits

William Fallstrom had two goals and two assists in two games played this week for the Fargo Force. He was named the #1 star in an 8-0 win over Central Illinois. In 45 games, the Sweden native has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).

Justin Robbins made one start this past weekend and gave up 5 goals in a 6-4 loss to Omaha. He made 33 saves on 38 shot attempts. On the season, Robbins is 5-5-0-1 with a 3.67 goals against average and a .880 save percentage.

Wyatt Bongiovanni had a goal and one assist in three games played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks this past week. The Michigan native has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 31 games played. He missed six weeks of the season with an undisclosed injury.

Zach Metsa had one goal in two games played for the Central Illinois Flying Aces. In 49 games played between Central Illinois and Youngstown, Metsa has 18 points (2 goals, 16 assists).

Dom Fensore had one assist in two games played in USHL action this weekend. In 24 USHL games, Fensore has 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists).

T.J. Friedmann (photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist)

BCHL commits

The BCHL playoffs are underway and there are five future Quinnipiac commits playing in the postseason and there will be playoff action all weekend and not just the weekends. 

St. Louis, Missouri native T.J. Friedmann had 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the first two playoff games for the Victoria Grizzlies. Despite his team in an 0-2 hole he has been one of the bright spots early in the playoffs.

Ethan De Jong had one assist in the first two playoff games for the Prince George Spruce Kings in which they split for the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Michael Lombardi had just one goal as the West Kelowna Warriors fell into an 0-2 hole against the Trail Smoke Eaters. While Lombardi isn't happy with these results, he is likely happy this past weekend as high prep high school Kimball Union Academy won back-to-back NESPAC Elite Eight Championships.

Desi Burgart had a goal and an assist as the Surrey Eagles took a 2-0 series lead over the Langley Rivermen.

NCDC commits

Connor Tait has six assists in three wins for the Jersey Hitmen NCDC team. He is currently on a four game point streak with 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) during this hot streak. In 41 games played this season he has 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) with almost half of his production coming in these last four games.

NAHL commits

Quinnipiac picked up a recent commitment of 1997 born defenseman Marcus Chorney of the Amarillo Bulls. He picked up one assist over the weekend in two games played. In 49 games played, Chorney has 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) with a minus 7 rating.

AJHL commits

Matt Cassidy had a goal and one assist in three games played for the Brooks Bandits. He finished the season with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games. Brooks now heads to the playoffs as the second seed in the South Division.

Prep Schools/High Schools commits

Matthew Fawcett and Peter Diliberatore both fell short for NESPAC championships over the weekend as Fawcett's Winchendon School team fell in the small school semifinals 3-2 to the New Hampton School whiile Diliberatore's Salisbury team lost 3-2 to the Kimball Union Academy in the Elite Eight tournament.

John Campomenosi of Don Bosco Prep had  a goal and one assist in 7-0 win over Gloucester Catholic in the semifinals of the New Jersey non-public school state tournament. He has 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) for a Don Bosco team that is will now play for a championship against #2 Delbarton on Monday night.

Midget Commits

Jack Silich had two goals and one assist this weekend for the Chicago Mission in two games played in a state tournament. He will play in the championship game on Tuesday. On the season he has 90points (34 goals, 56 assists).

Austin Spiridakis had one goal in three games in the AMHL best-of-5 division semifinals. His St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders team is trailing 2 games to 1 and needs to win a road game in Game 4 on Tuesday to force a deciding 5th game back on home on Friday.

Jacob Quillan of the Steele Subaru Major Midgets had one assist in three playoff games this past week. In seven playoff games he has 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists).

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