Bolt Prospects would like to acknowledge one monster who has been mashing his way all through October. Some Bolt Prospects readers felt tricked this past week when we didn't name this prospect the Player of the Week, but we were holding a treat in reserve. True, there were several worthy honorable mentions who scared up some excitement along the way. There was the wolf man, Brett Connolly, who came out of nowhere to crack the Lightning's NHL roster. There was the evil genius, Mark Barberio, and his stylish 2 goals and 11 points in 10 games. And, there was the leprechaun, Matthew Peca, who got his own pot o' gold today when he was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Month.
But the nail in the coffin came when the AHL gave a certain power forward (sort of a pale Incredible Hulk) a minor award (hardly worth mention in the same breath as Bolt Prospects' Prospect of the Month).
Quinnipiac College's Matthew Peca was honored by ECAC Hockey with a first-ever Fischer Hockey Monthly Award - Rookie of the Month.
Peca, a freshman forward and seventh round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer, has had an impressive fiÂrst month to his NCAA career with eight points (3 goals) in eight games. He has at least a point in the last seven games.
Last week, Peca was honored with the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week award.
No. 19 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ Princeton Tigers 2
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-6-9, +3, 4 PIM
Peca assisted on senior Scott Zurevinski's first period shorthanded goal to extend his point streak to eight games.
Peca was also named ECAC rookie of the week for the week ending October 25. He helped the Bobcats to a 2-1-0 week after scoring in each of Quinnipiac's three games and also picked up an assist in the Bobcats win over Bentley. He ranks tied for third in total points among all rookies in NCAA Division I with 9 and first among those in the ECAC.
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This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques or engraved gold teeth awarded, but weâ€™re fairly certain this will be printed off and end up in a frame somewhere. Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-5-8, +2, 4 PIM
Peca scored again to run his point streak to seven games as Quinnipiac split the weekend series with Robert Morris.
No. 10 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM
Ferris State remained undefeated sweeping the weekend series with No. 10 Miami. Bulldog freshman goalie, C.J. Motte, recorded his second shutout in just his third start on the young season.
No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play, leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell was listed on the Sioux pregame injury list as out with a leg injury for three to six weeks.
No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alaska Nanooks 2 (ot)
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 10 PIM
Western remained unbeaten on the year (3-0-3) after a tie Saturday with Alaska. The Broncos are home next weekend for two games with No. 17 Northern Michigan.
Carleton Ravens 1 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 5 (Exhibition)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
The Big Red concluded their preseason with a win over Carleton University out of Ottawa. Cornell opens the regular season next weekend at home against Mercyhurst.
No. 10 Miami Redhawks 2 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 4
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM
Miami, who started the season preseason ranked No. 1, continued to struggle to start the season falling to Ferris State. The Bulldogs are now (5-0-0) to start the year.
No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
O'Donnell was not in the lineup for the first time this season as North Dakota fell to Wisconsin to open WCHA play. Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, defense, had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 5
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, Even, 2 PIM
Freshman, Matthew Peca, picked up a goal in the third to run his point streak to six games.
Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Vermont was shutout in their season opener by Minnesota as Colorado prospect Kent Patterson picked up the shutout. Florida Panther prospect Nick Bjugstad, the 19th overall pick in 2010, had two goals for the Gophers and Nashville prospect Zach Budish had a goal and two assists in the game.
No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Alaska Nanooks 1
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 8 PIM
The Broncos opened CCHA play with a long road trip out to Alaska and took the first game of the weekend series with the Nanooks to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-2. The two teams play again Saturday night.
Guelph Gryphons 2 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 3 (Exhibition)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Gotovets was not in the lineup as the Big Red beat the University of Guelph in an exhibition game. Cornell plays Carleton College Saturday in their last tune up before regular season play.
Western Ontario Mustangs 4 @ Harvard Crimson 7 (Exhibition)
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Senior, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Crimson knocked off Western Ontario in Harvard's only exhibition game. They open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 4 at home against rival Princeton.
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Bentley Falcons 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 6
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, Even, 2 PIM
Freshman, Matthew Peca scored his first collegiate goal and extended his point streak to five games as Quinnipiac (5-1-0) out shot Bentley 51-18 in route to 6-1 win over the Falcons.
Canisius Golden Griffins 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac swept Canisius with a combined score of 11-1 over Saturday and Sunday. Peca has now recorded an assist in four straight games.
Holy Cross Crusaders 3 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Freshman, Matthew Peca picked up an assist for the second straight game as Quinnipiac downed Holy Cross in the Crusaders' season opener.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Ohio State 3
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season stats: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Matthew Peca registered his first assist of the new season as the Bobcats scored four first period goals and held on to beat Ohio State.
Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Miami picked up their first win of the year scoring shorthanded with just under five minutes left in the third to split the weekend series with the Beavers.
No. 5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2
Ice Breaker Tournament Final; Grand Forks, ND
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
The Sioux gave up four second period goals as they fell in the final of the Ice Breaker. Calgary prospect, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, had a goal and three assists in the game.
Alabama Huntsville Chargers 0 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Freshman goaltender, Frank Slubowski, had to make only 10 saves to register his first collegiate shutout in his first collegiate start. The Broncos (2-0-0) travel to Union next weekend for two games.
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