Peca, Matthew

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-12

McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.

Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-12

Robert Morris Colonials 4 @ No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM

Quinnipiac suffered its first loss of the year on Sunday as the Bobcats traded 4-0 wins with the Colonials this weekend. Quinnipiac won Saturday night; Robert Morris on Sunday. Peca is off to a slow start compared to the point-per-game pace he sustained as a freshman last year.

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-12

Colgate Raiders 1 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 5

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Miami easily handled the Raiders on Saturday, one night after shutting them out, 3-0. Jimmy Mullin hit the scoresheet for the first time this year with a third period assist.

Robert Morris Colonials 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over the Colonials. Lightning prospect Matthew Peca earned his first point of the season, an assist. Eric Hartzell (undrafted) made 16 saves in the Quinnipiac nets for the shutout.

St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No.10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos exacted a bit of revenge on the Saints, who beat WMU in overtime on Friday night. Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowski (pictured) notched his first two points of the season, including an assist on the game-tying goal scored by Lightning target Danny DeKeyser. The Lightning pursued DeKeyser, a free agent, late last year and along with the Red Wings were thought to be a finalist to sign him until he decided to return to school for his junior season. DeKeyser and Witkowski are partners on the ice and roommates off the ice.

NCAA Exhibition Game Night: 10-7-12

Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 6 (exhibition)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
2011-2012 season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

On Saturday, Western Ontario stunned Western Michigan University, tying them, 2-2. Miami took them seriously from the get-go, outshooting the Mustangs 16-4 in the first and 49-14 for the game. Mullin (pictured), now a sophomore, had a goal and an assist and his linemate, 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik, had a pair of goals. The third member of that line, Riley Barber (Capitals), had three helpers. Miami opens Friday against Colgate.

Acadia Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 (exhibition)

F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Quinnipiac beat Maine on Saturday to start their regular season, then rested players – including Peca – for an exhibition game on Sunday. The Bobcats fell to the Axemen, 2-0.

Bolt Prospects 2012 NHL Entry Draft Coverage: Forwards

The strength of the Lightning organization remains at the forward positions, where the team still boasts an impressive mix of star veterans like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Ryan Malone, and the game's best young star, Steven Stamkos. The team will spend some of its offseason tweaking its third line, and they made overtures to Swiss star Damien Brunner to try to improve their scoring depth on the wings. But, ultimately, the team should feel pretty solid offensively. Keeping the puck out of the back of their own net has always been the bigger challenge.

NCAA Game Night: 3-11-12

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 8
ECAC quarterfinals: Harvard wins best-of-3 series 2-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 32GP, 20-22-42, +10, 47 PIMs

After games one and two had three overtimes between them, 3-seed Harvard blew out their hated rivals in Game 3, 8-2. Killorn factored in on four of Harvard’s first five goals after getting down 1-0 early to the Bulldogs. Game stars haven’t been posted yet, but Killorn’s a sure bet to be at least second star. David Valek (undrafted) had a hat trick for Harvard, who advances to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City. Killorn will matchup against fellow Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets and second-seeded Cornell.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate wins best-of-3 series 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM

Colgate didn’t leave much doubt when eliminating Quinnipiac in Game 3 on Sunday. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead into the third period and Eric Mihalik (undrafted) made 13 of his 21 saves in the third period to help Colgate advance to the ECAC semifinals to play Union. Peca’s seven-game point streak came to an end. With the loss, Quinnipiac's season is complete. Congratulations to the Bobcats for a fine year and to Peca, who was outstanding in his first collegiate season.

Note: In the CCHA, with No.1 Ferris State being upset on Sunday in overtime, Western Michigan (Luke Witkowski) will face Miami (Jimmy Mullin) at Joe Louis Arena in the semifinals next weekend.

NCAA Game Night: 3-10-12

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell wins best-of-3 series 2-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Cornell scored three times in the first period and made the score hold up the rest of the way to advance to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City.

Yale Bulldogs 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4 (2OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 9 SOG
Season totals: 31GP, 18-20-38, +6, 47 PIMs

For the second straight game Harvard and Yale went to overtime, but this time it was the Crimson who prevailed. Alex Killorn had a team-leading nine shots on goal on Saturday after only registering one on Friday night. Defenseman Dan Ford (undrafted) scored the double overtime winner for Harvard – his second goal of the season. The series-deciding Game 3 will be played Sunday at Harvard.

No.15 Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 11 Miami RedHawks 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami wins best-of-3 series 2-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-15-26, +16, 10 PIM

Mullin assisted on the game’s first goal and for the second night in a row Miami had a huge second period as they eliminated Michigan State from the CCHA playoff race with a 4-1 victory. The RedHawks scored three times in the second period to blow open a 1-1 game. Miami advances to the ECAC semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Colgate Raiders 2
ECAC Quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-31-39, +1, 12 PIM

Quinnipiac staved off elimination in the ECAC tournament with a 4-2 win over the Raiders. Matt Peca extended his point streak to seven games with a three-point night. He is now over a point-per-game. Game 3 is Sunday at Colgate.

No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 5
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU wins best-of-3 series 2-0[/b]

[i]D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-10-12, +7, 47 PIM

Witkowski (pictured) scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring and WMU built a 5-0 lead on their way to a win, sweep of LSSU, and a trip to Detroit for the CCHA semifinals for the second year in a row – a first for Bronco hockey. Free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had two helpers in the game.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-4-12

Brown Bears 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
ECAC First Round: Quinnipiac wins best of 3 series, 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-27-35, +2, 12 PIM

It took longer than expected, but the fifth-seeded Bobcats finally eliminated last place Brown. The Bears, who upset Quinnipiac on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round series of the ECAC playoffs, went down 3-0 on Sunday after two periods in the decisive Game 3, only to come roaring back to make it 3-2 four minutes into the third period. Quinnipiac held on and eventually added an empty netter with 15 seconds left in the game. Lightning prospect Matt Peca had the primary assist on his team’s first goal, which made it 11 straight Bobcat goals he either scored or assisted on. That streak stopped with the Bobcats’ second goal of the game. Quinnipiac advances to play Colgate starting next Friday.

NCAA Game Night: 3-3-12

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 1 Boston College Eagles 4

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

And that’s that. Vermont’s season ended with a lopsided loss to the nation’s top team. Marshall (pictured), a fifth round pick of the Bolts in 2007, will graduate this spring. Where his hockey career goes from here – if anywhere – is up in the air. The speedy winger known for his forechecking finishes his collegiate career with five goals and 14 points in 86 games. His career at Vermont was marred by injuries and frequent scratches. He was honored at senior night last weekend by the Catamounts, but was unable to play due to recovery from surgery.

Brown Bears 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
ECAC First Round: Best of 3 series tied 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 8-26-34, +2, 12 PIM

Friday night Brown came into Connecticut determined to show that just because they finished the season last in the conference didn’t mean they had to lie down in the playoffs. Peca admitted to the media that his team was flat and looked tired. He did his part Saturday to remedy that as he led the team with eight shots on goal and tied for the team lead with three points as QU tied the best of three series 1-1. The Bobcats outshot the Bears 42-16. Game 3 is Sunday. Peca has now factored in on every Quinnipiac goal for the last four games – 10 goals (1-9-10). According to the Quinnipiac Chronicle, Peca's 26 assists are the third most for a Quinnipiac freshman in program history, while his 34 points are good for fourth all-time.

NCAA Game Night: 3-2-12

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 1 Boston College Eagles 5

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Vermont will play its final game of the season Saturday against No.1 Boston College. Marshall, a senior, was expected back in the lineup at some point this season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. He has played in only two games this year. Unless he is granted a medical redshirt, his collegiate career is through.

Brown Bears 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-24-31, +1, 12 PIM

Upset! Last place Brown defeated fifth-seeded Quinnipiac 4-1 in the Bobcats’ home barn on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three ECAC first round series. Peca has now assisted on Quinnipiac’s last seven goals, dating back a week. Game 2 is Saturday night at Quinnipiac.

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