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Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 3, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for March 3, 2014 is … Matt Peca, C, Quinnipiac Bobcats (NCAA - USA).

Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin is a point machine set on automatic, but even Drouin hasn’t done what Matt Peca did this week.

Peca, a seventh round pick of Tampa Bay in 2011, had a six-point game on Friday as his Quinnipiac Bobcats toppled St. Lawrence University, 8-0. Even the snowman on the scoreboard was impressed with Peca’s performance.

NCAA Game Night: 3-1-2014

Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 3 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-8-14, -5, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart helped Harvard to an early 2-0 lead, but the Crimson gave it up and eventually lost in overtime to Cornell, 3-2. Former Bolt prospect Kirill Gotovets had a minor penalty for Cornell. He has three assists in this, his senior season. Speculation is Chicago won’t sign him and he’ll go to Europe to play. He’s from Belarus and has appeared in the World Championships for his home country.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch.

No. 10 North Dakota 1 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND failed to clinch the first Penrose Cup, falling to SCSU, 3-1 after the Huskies scored late into an empty net. The Huskies moved into a tie in the conference, leaving the title up for grabs for another week. UND plays Western Michigan; SCSU has Colorado College.

No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 12-22-34, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

That’s hockey: One night after putting a snowman on the scoreboard vs St. Lawrence, the Bobcats could only score one against Clarkson. Matt Peca had an assist on QU’s only goal. He was coming off a 6-point night against the Saints.

Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox got his second night off of the season and watched as Michael Shibrowski earned his second win. Minnesota leads the Big 10, just above Wisconsin. There are two weeks left.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-28-2014

Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 16 Colgate Raiders 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Harvard improved to 6-11-4 in conference by upsetting Colgate, who came into the game 12-5-3 in the ECAC.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch.

No. 10 North Dakota 5 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell set a new career high for points in a season with 13, topping the 10 he accumulated last year as a sophomore. UND is surging, winning five games in a row. Their win on Friday put UND one win away from winning the Penrose Cup as the first National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season champions. O’Donnell’s team leapfrogged SCSU into first place. They can clinch the title with a win on Saturday night.

No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ St. Lawrence Saints 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-21-33, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Woah. Matt Peca had six points – four more than anyone else on the Bobcats – as QU put a snowman on the scoreboard at St. Lawrence. The Saints tied the Bobcats, 2-2, just a couple weeks ago. Peca surpassed last season’s point total of 30, and is approaching his career high of 39 set in his freshman season. Peca’s six points are the most by a Lightning prospect in a game this season, topping Jonathan Drouin’s five-point game in November. Drouin has never had a six-point game (two five-pointers). No game stars were listed in the recap, but we’re going to give first star to Peca.

Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox stopped 30 of 31 shots as Minnesota improved to 22-4-5 this season with a win over Penn State. Wilcox, who is a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the NCAA’s top player, was named a candidate this week for the first Mike Richter Award, given to the country’s top goaltender.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-22-2014

Brown Bears 2 @ Harvard Crimson 0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart had his four-game point and three-game goal streaks snapped in a shutout loss to Brown.

No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch.

No. 11 North Dakota 6 @ No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 5-5-10, E, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND completed a two-game sweep of UMD, winning 6-2 on Saturday night.

No. 19 Colgate Raiders 3 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 10-17-27, +2, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca (pictured) assisted on QU’s game-tying goal in the second period, but Colgate got a go-ahead goal with half a period to play and added a late empty netter to seal the win. The Bobcats have lost three straight games.
*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-21-2014

No. 14 Yale Bulldogs 5 @ Harvard Crimson 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-7-13, -3, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart, our reigning Bolt Prospect of the Week, now has three goals and an assist in his last four games.

No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch on Friday night. Former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal and an assist as Miami scored a big upset win.

No. 11 North Dakota 3 @ No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-5-10, E, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND continues to play well after a rough start, beating JT Brown’s alma mater, 3-0, on Friday night.

No. 13 Cornell Big Red 2 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-16-26, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The Bobcats lost their second game in a row despite outshooting Cornell, 41-14. Goaltender Andy Iles (undrafted, 5’9”) stopped all but one shot for the Big Red. Former Bolt prospect Kirill Gotovets was scoreless for Cornell. He is now Chicago property (Paradise trade).
*USCHO poll used

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