NCAA/USHS

Peca is ECAC's Top Rookie for October

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 first 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.

NCAA Game Night: 11-1-11

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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NCAA Game Night: 10-29-11

No. 14 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 25 PIM

Western Michigan (5-0-3) remained unbeaten as Freshman defenseman Garrett Haar scored 28 seconds into overtime. Witkowski was given a 5-minute major for checking from behind midway through the third period. The major resulted in an automatic 10-minute game disqualification. The Broncos will have a tough test next weekend to remain undefeated going on the road for two games with No. 4 Michigan.

Mercyhurst Lakers 5 @ No. 19 Cornell Big Red 4

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

The Big Red opened their season with a tough loss to Mercyhurst at home. Freshman Nardo Nagtzaam had two goals and an assist for the Lakers including the game winner in the third.

No. 9 Merrimack Warriors 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 2

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Merrimack (6-0-0) remained unbeaten completing the sweep of Vermont. The Catamounts (1-3-0) are at Providence (2-3-1) next weekend for two games.

St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Out - Leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida prospect Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux as they split the weekend series with the Huskies and snapped a four game winless streak. North Dakota will be at No. 8 Minnesota next weekend.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-28-11

No. 18 Lake Superior State Lakers 5 @ No. 16 Miami RedHawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Despite scoring two shorthanded goals, Miami's (2-6-0) losing streak now sits at five straight. Mullin is now scoreless in six games after scoring in the season opener.

No. 14 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +4, 10 PIM

Western Michigan (4-0-3) remained unbeaten on the season with a win over rival Northern Michigan in a top 15 match-up. Witkowski (pictured) remains one of WMU's top minute eaters.

No. 9 Merrimack Warriors 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Marshall was back in the lineup for the Catamounts, who fell to Merrimack (5-0-0) as the Warriors remained one of three undefeated teams in Division I, excluding the ECAC teams who have yet to begin season play.

St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ No. 12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 0

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Out - Leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

North Dakota (2-4-1) is now winless in their last four as Ryan Malone's Alma Matter blanked the Sioux. Huskies freshman goaltender Ryan Faragher recorded his first collegiate shutout, making 44 saves.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-27-11

No. 18 Lake Superior State Lakers 3 @ No. 16 Miami RedHawks 2 (ot)

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Boston prospect Zach Trotman, of Lake Superior, scored 42 seconds into overtime to hand the RedHawks (2-5-0) their fourth straight loss. The two teams play again tonight.

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