Peca, Matthew

NCAA Game Night: 11-11-11

Michigan State Spartans 3 @ No. 5 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 27 PIM

After going unbeaten in their first nine games to start the season, the Broncos (6-2-3) dropped their second straight. The two teams meet again Saturday night in Kalamazoo.

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Harvard Crimson 2

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, Even, 15 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 17 PIM

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM

Alex Killorn was given a 5-minute major early in the first period for grabbing the facemask during a scrum after a hard hit on a teammate. The major resulted in an automatic 10-minute game misconduct. Cornell defensemen and Pittsburgh prospect Nick D'Agostino scored two powerplay goals in the game.

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 19 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 4 PIM

Peca extended his point streak to 11 games as Quinnipiac skated to a tie with Clarkson in a penalty filled game. The two teams combined for 20 total penalties. The Bobcats (7-3-2) take on St. Lawrence Saturday.

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines 1 @ Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM

Mullin scored his second of the season as Miami knocked off No. 4 Michigan at home. After a rough start to the season the RedHawks (5-6-0) have now won three straight.

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NCAA Game Night: 11-5-11

No. 4 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 5

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, Even, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 27 PIM

Michigan scored three third period goals to hand Western (6-1-3) their first loss of the season. Witkowski returned to the lineup and recorded his third assist of the season. The Broncos face Michigan State at home next weekend.

No. 19 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Harvard Crimson 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-8-11, +3, 4 PIM

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

Peca's point streak now sits at 10 games with a first period assist. Killorn's assist gives him three points in the Crimson's first two games.

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Brown Bears 5

D Kirill Gotovets: COR: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM

Brown scored two third period goals to come back on the Big Red and pick up their second win of the season. Gotovets recorded his first assist of the season in the loss.

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Providence Friars 5

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

Vermont lost their fourth straight and dropped to 1-5-0 for the season. The Catamounts are at home against New Hampshire next Saturday.

No. 15 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

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

Florida Panthers 2011 third round pick Kyle Rau scored with .46 seconds left in the third to complete the weekend sweep for Minnesota over North Dakota. The Sioux fall to 3-6-1 overall and 1-5-0 in WCHA play.

Miami RedHawks 2 at Alaska Nanooks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM

Mullin (pictured) set up Max Cook with the game winning goal midway through the third period to give Miami their second win in a row. It was Mullin's first point since the season opener.

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NCAA Game Night: 11-4-11

A streak reaches double digits for one player while another starts his season with a bang as all seven NCAA teams with Lightning prospects were in action.

Prospect of the Month (October)

Bolt Prospects would like to acknowledge one monster who has been mashing his way all through October. Some Bolt Prospects readers felt tricked this past week when we didn't name this prospect the Player of the Week, but we were holding a treat in reserve. True, there were several worthy honorable mentions who scared up some excitement along the way. There was the wolf man, Brett Connolly, who came out of nowhere to crack the Lightning's NHL roster. There was the evil genius, Mark Barberio, and his stylish 2 goals and 11 points in 10 games. And, there was the leprechaun, Matthew Peca, who got his own pot o' gold today when he was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Month.

But the nail in the coffin came when the AHL gave a certain power forward (sort of a pale Incredible Hulk) a minor award (hardly worth mention in the same breath as Bolt Prospects' Prospect of the Month).

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.

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