Peca, Matthew

AHL Game Night: 3-27-15 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Peaking at the right time?


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the victory. Bridgeport made a big push in the Third Period, outshooting Syracuse 19-7 and getting a couple of goals, but Gudlevskis was ultimately able to get Syracuse over the finish line to secure the win.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (19) (Ashton, Gourde), 2:41 (PP)
BRI Quine, (19) (Mayfield, Pelech), 15:36

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (12) (Kunyk, Marchessault), 3:06
SYR Dotchin, (6) (Mormina, Marchessault), 14:31 (PP)

Third Period
BRI Jeffrey, (22) (Ness), 5:21
SYR Vermin, (10) (Courtnall, Angelidis), 9:48
BRI McMillan, (3) (Sundstrom, Vaughan), 17:26

Joel Vermin, Jake Dotchin, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

The game got a little nasty in the Second Period, with matching ejections that led to Carter Ashton's early departure from the game for being involved in a secondary altercation.

Note that none of the Crunch's recent ATO signees, including highly touted Brayden Point, made their debuts tonight. More additions could be on the way with goaltender Adam Wilcox and Minnesota already knocked out of the NCAA Tournament tonight and Matthew Peca's Quinnipiac Bobcats down 3-0 early in the Second Period at the time of this posting. Both highly touted prospects could possibly make an immediate contribution at the AHL level.

Syracuse leapfrogs over Hershey into the second seed with the win. They're 4 points behind Manchester for the top spot in the conference (and the league) with the Monarchs holding a game in hand. The Crunch have 10 games left in the regular season, which is a nice time to go on a tear like the current, ongoing 4 game winning streak.

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AHL Game Night: 3-22-15 Crunch at Falcons

Blujuspalooza continues.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the victory. Not a typo. Light work for the Yak today.

First Period
SYR Courtnall, (6) (Blujus, Vermin), 10:25
SPR Adam, (14) (Chaput, Hoeffel), 16:52

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (19) (Blujus, Richard), 3:04 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (26) (Ashton, Koekkoek), 19:40 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (18) (Mormina), 14:03

Jonathan Marchessault and Dylan Blujus were the game's first and second stars. Blujus with back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his pro career.

Justin Courtnall continues to look like another Julien BriseBois trash to treasure conversion.

Things get interesting in the next couple of weeks for Syracuse as the amateur ranks yield some ATO opportunities for the Lightning organization. Specifically, Brayden Point could be a prime addition on an ATO for the Crunch, and an early exit from the NCAA tournament could put Matthew Peca in a Crunch jersey very soon, too. Both would be nice additions to a Crunch team in need of more speed and skill, especially up the middle.

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NCAA Game Night: 1-31-15

No. 1 North Dakota 4 @ No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (SO)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-5-15, +9, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota was looking to avenge an overtime loss the previous night and got it Saturday night after O'Donnell delivered some overtime heroics, notching his 10th goal of the season in the process.

No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Brown Bears 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-21-26, +1, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca followed his very productive Friday night with a helper on a third period tally that gave Quinnipiac the lead but Brown was able to respond soon after to force a stalemate.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Wisconsin Badgers 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 21 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 12-8-3, 2.68 GAA, .901 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Seth Ambroz (2011 5th rounder - CBJ) scored in the final seconds of regulation to cap a wild third period that saw both teams combine for five goals. After a scoreless overtime period, Wisconsin technically won the ensuing shootout.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-30-2013

No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 20 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 13 GP, 10-2-1, 2.21 GAA, .921 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox had a light workload, especially in the third period where Minnesota took over the game, which it won with a last-minute strike.

Massachusetts Minutemen 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

QU got a balanced offensive effort Saturday night, scoring three even-strength and power play goals apiece, all scored by a different player.

No. 13 Miami RedHawks 6 @ Bemidji State Beavers 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Former Bolts development camper Austin Czarnik had 5 assists.

Saint Lawrence Saints 2 @ North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND rebounded from a rough Friday night loss.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-6-7, -4, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

The Crimson had trouble solving the Big Green's team defense and netminder Charles Grant. Harvard registering just 23 shots on goal for the game, even with six power play opportunities, all of Dartmouth successfully killed.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-27-2013

No. 4 Providence Friars 3 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-6-9, +6, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

QU rebounded from an upset at the hands of Princeton by managing a tie against the team ahead of it in the standings. In addition to his goal, Peca had 7 shots, including a backhand bid to win the game in the OT after skating end-to-end with the puck on his stick.

*USCHO poll used

2013 Development Camp: Days 2, 3 and 5

Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.

The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:

Prospect of the Week: April 3, 2013

We continue our 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 April 3 is … Matthew Peca, W, Quinnipiac (NCAA – USA).

Matt Peca made sure his Quinnipiac Bobcats would advance to the Frozen Four in their first national tournament last week.

NCAA Game Night: 2-16-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 10 PIM

Harvard extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a tie against the Big Red.

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-10-19, +7, 30 PIM

Quinnipiac returned to their winning ways, hanging on to beat Clarkson, 2-1. The Bobcats had their 21-game unbeaten streak snapped on Friday against St. Lawrence. With the win, the Bobcats clinched the Cleary Cup as ECAC regular season champions for the first time in school history. According to a USCHO recap, no Bobcat player touched the trophy at the presentation. Matt Peca had an assist, but nearly had a goal as he was stopped on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 6

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-5-7, -7, 40 PIM

A very atypical night for WMU, who allowed four second period goals en route to a 6-3 loss in Columbus. The Broncos, under former NHL coach Andy Murray and with one of the best defensive corps in the country, are known for limiting shots and rarely giving up more than two goals. This was the seventh time in 26 games they’ve allowed more than two goals.

Undrafted junior Alex Szczechura, brother of former Bolt Paul Szczechura (pictured), had a hat trick and four points for OSU. Paul is currently in the KHL with Dynamo Riga. He has eight goals and 25 points in 40 games so far this season. Ironically, Paul went to Western Michigan.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-15-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ No. 17 Dartmouth Big Green 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Cornell snapped their seven-game losing streak, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2. Gotovets did not make the trip to New Hampshire.

Colgate Raiders 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 8 PIM

Coming off an upset win over Boston University, Harvard won their second in a row, 4-1 over visiting Colgate. The Crimson are now undefeated in three games after what has been a disastrous season. Brian Hart (pictured) had his second straight two-assist game for Harvard.

No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-7-1, +1, 12 PIM

Miami got a home win before they play in the inaugural Hockey City Classic on Sunday outside at Chicago’s Soldier Field against the Irish. Minnesota will play Wisconsin in the other match.

St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-9-18, +6, 28 PIM

It’s over. The unranked Saints ended No. 1 Quinnipiac’s 21-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in the Bobcats’ barn. Matt Peca’s personal eight-game point streak also came to an end.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 28 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 19-4-4, 1.81 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota won this edition of the Border Battle, defeating the Badgers 3-2 on their home ice. The two will play again on Sunday outdoors at Chicago’s Soldier Field. On Friday, Minnesota got a late goal to go up 3-1 before the Badgers cut the lead to one goal with 1:02 left. They were never able to get the equalizer by Adam Wilcox, who won his 19th game.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 40 PIM

Western Michigan won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU limited OSU to 18 shots on goal.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-8-13

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 10 PIM

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 36 PIM

The Broncos held the Red Hawks off the scoresheet in a match-up of two of the country’s top teams. WMU captain Luke Witkowski did not record a point in the win. Frank Slubowski (undrafted) had 29 saves for the shutout. With the win, WMU moved into first place in the CCHA, two points ahead of Miami.

No. 7 North Dakota 2 @ No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell remains out of the North Dakota lineup. On Friday, Danny Kristo (Flames) had a goal and an assist to lead UND to a big road win. UND is in a three-way tie for second in the WCHA with UNO and Minnesota.

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Cornell Big Red 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-8-17, +9, 18 PIM

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

Matt Peca (pictured) had a goal to help Quinnipiac to their 20th straight game without a loss. His nine goals are one more than he scored as a freshman last season in 39 games. The Bobcats have a nine point lead on Yale for the ECAC title. Cornell finally fell out of the USCHO top 20, and did not receive a vote this past week. The Big Red are 11th out of 12 teams in the ECAC standings.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 8 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-3-4, 1.71 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota overcame two disallowed goals and an early third period tie to defeat WCHA-leading SCSU, 4-2. Eric Haula (Wild) had two goals for the Gophers. Wilcox was excellent in the third period, making athletic stops and turning back a late breakaway chance. He came into the game second in the country in wins. Minnesota is tied with North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha for second place in the conference, three points back of the Huskies. The Gophers have two games in hand on the other three teams mentioned here.

*USCHO poll used

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