Peca, Matthew

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.

Prospect of the Week (2.29.12)

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, but the player has now joined a brotherhood of BP Prospect of the Week winners that will bind these find individuals together for life. A secret hand sign similar to Seinfeld’s Van Buren Boys is in the works.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Matthew Peca, Forward, Quinnipiac Bobcats (NCAA).

NCAA Game Night: 2-25-12

RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 1 (OT)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-4-5, +12, 12 PIM

Gotovets has played well lately, but is taking his turn as a scratch for a deep Cornell squad. Cornell finished second in the ECAC and will get a bye in the playoff’s first round.

Clarkson Golden Knights 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs

Harvard finishes the weekend with four big points after two wins. They will get a bye next week in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

No. 5 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT)

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

Vermont put up a good fight against a top-5 team, but fell in overtime on a goal by Alexx Privitera, an undersized defenseman who went undrafted last summer.

No. 15 Miami RedHawks 5 @ No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-12-21, +13, 10 PIM

Mullin’s a Buckeye killer. The freshman registered three points Saturday to give him five (1-4-5) for the weekend as the RedHawks swept their intra-state rivals, outscoring them 8-1 in the process. Mullin was third star both nights. Miami moved up to fourth in the CCHA standings and will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs next week.

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

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-23-30, +2, 12 PIM

Matthew Peca (pictured) set up both Quinnipiac goals as the Bobcats tied Yale 2-2 at home on Saturday. The Bobcats clinched the fifth seed in the ECAC and will play last-place Brown next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Peca had six assists this weekend and is in the early running with Jimmy Mullin for our Prospect of the Week award.

No. 19 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 1 Ferris State Bulldogs 0

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-9-10, +5, 45 PIM

Witkowski registered a point for the fourth time in five games and set a new career high for points in a season with 10. But the most impressive part of his night was helping his Broncos to a huge upset win in the barn the nation’s No.1 team calls home. The Bulldogs accepted their trophy for winning the CCHA on Saturday night. They have already clinched the top spot for the playoffs. WMU, who clinched a bye, finished the home-and-home series with FSU 1-0-1. The Broncos tied for second in the CCHA with Michigan.

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