Peca, Matthew

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-11

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.

USCHO Rankings used

NCAA Game Night: 10-18-11

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.

NCAA Game Night: 10-16-11

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.

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-11

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.

NCAA Game Night: 10-8-11

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.

USCHO rankings used

NCAA Game Night: 10-2-11

Acadia University Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Quinnipiac won their preseason match up with Acadia University out of Nova Scotia. The Bobcats open the season this coming weekend against Ohio State.

University of Windsor Lancers 1 @ #2 Miami Redhawks 4

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

#2 Miami rolled over the University of Windsor in their lone exhibition game.

With Soap Opera Over, Peca Heads to Connecticut

Despite Patrick Roy’s best wishes, a decision has been made and Lightning 2011 seventh round draft pick Matthew Peca will attend Quinnipiac University this fall. Peca, a gritty scorer from the Junior A Pembroke Lumber Kings in Ontario, has been through a soap opera of sorts this offseason.

Peca was originally drafted by Windsor of the OHL in 2009 but he chose to stay eligible for NCAA play by remaining with Pembroke last year. Peca also had to pay his own way to the Lightning’s prospect camp this summer to avoid any college eligibility questions.

According to a story, OHL Ottawa wanted Peca’s rights, but so did Quebec of the QMJHL. Since the Ontario-born Peca could only join another league if he cleared waivers, Patrick Roy and the Remparts struck a deal where Ottawa would ignore him if his rights were waived in exchange for Quebec playing a preseason game in both Windsor and Ottawa.

Matthew Peca: Pre-Draft Reviews

Matthew Peca
Type: Prospect
Position: Center
Shoots/Catches: Left
Height: 5.09
Weight: 161
Born: 04/23/1993
Age: 18
Hometown: Petawawa, ON
Acquired: Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#201) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: Pembroke (CCHL)
Projects As: Versatile Energy Liner
Rankings: Red Line Report 109 (overall)

Stats: Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL): 50 Games played, 26-46-72, 14 PIM
Pembroke (Fred Page Cup) 4 Games played, 7-5-12
Pembroke (RBC Cup) 6 Games played, 2-3-5

Matthew Peca


Overage Prospect
Petawawa, ON
2011 Draft (R7/#201)
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Versatile Energy Liner

Draft Info

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Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Pembroke (CJHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Contract Start Year: 
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  • CHL T1 Top Prospects
  • CHL T1 Second All-Star Team
  • RBC Cup Top Forward

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Plays with a desire and heart far beyond his modest size and talent level."
-Red Line Report


Peca's work ethic is off the page with tireless forechecking and courage to go into high traffic areas despite his lack of size. Versatile player excels on the point on the PP as well as on the PK. Has quick hands and the intelligence of a great playmaker.


Listed at 5'8" and 155 lbs, Peca can get overwhelmed along the wall, even at the Tier II level he's played at with Pembroke.


We'd expect Peca to play 4 years at Quinnipiac of the ECAC and then have to bounce around a bit between the AHL and NHL, but he's the kind of quality depth player who can help you at all levels of the organization when called upon.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Ottawa Valley Titans Mn Mdgt AAAOEMMHL23 10 1727 12|Playoffs6 2 35
  Ottawa Valley Titans Mn Mdgt AAAMidget41 19 3352 20|        
 2009-2010 Pembroke Lumber KingsCJHL60 21 2647 10|Playoffs15 3 36
  Pembroke Lumber KingsFred Page Cup5 0 22 2|        
 2010-2011 Pembroke Lumber KingsCHL T150 26 4672 14|Playoffs14 11 1021
  Pembroke Lumber KingsFred Page Cup4 7 512 0|        
  Pembroke Lumber KingsRBC Cup6 2 35 0|        
  Canada East U19WJAC-195 2 24 2|        
 2011-2012 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA39 8 3139 12|        
 2012-2013 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA39 15 1530 36|        
 2013-2014 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA40 12 2638 16|        
 2014-2015 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA39 7 2936 27|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL8 1 34 0|Playoffs3 1 12
 2015-2016 Syracuse CrunchAHL65 8 3543 10|        
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL10 1 12 2|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL68 12 2941 14|Playoffs22 4 1014
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL- - -- -|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL42 8 2331 12|        

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