Peca, Matthew

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.

NCAA Game Night: 2-18-12

No. 12 Cornell Big Red 4 @ St. Lawrence Saints 3 (OT)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-4-5, +12, 12 PIM

Gotovets played wing for the fourth time in his collegiate career. He earned an assist on Cornell’s first goal after making a play with the puck down the left wing of the offensive zone.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Yale Bulldogs 7

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (elbowing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-17-35, +6, 43 PIMs

Apparently Yale didn’t take too kindly to Harvard beating them on national television a few weeks ago. This one was 3-0 Yale after the first period and they never looked back.

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3

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

Throw out the fish! New Hampshire got some revenge on rival Vermont by beating them Saturday night, 3-1. The Catamounts beat them in overtime on Friday. Marshall continues to miss time recovering from surgery. Reports state he’s expected back before the end of Vermont’s season.

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 19 Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 8-8-16, +8, 10 PIM

Mullin (pictured) got an assist in his second game back after missing three games with a knee injury. Mullin, Austin Czarnik (undrafted) and Reilly Smith (Dallas) continue to make up Miami’s top line. Miami completed a weekend sweep of No. 13 Notre Dame.

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

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ No. 8 Union Dutchmen 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -3, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-17-24, +2, 10 PIM

Union improved to 13-3-4 in ECAC play. The Bobcats fell to 8-8-4.

No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 3

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-8-9, +4, 43 PIM

Witkowski is turning into a point machine. This was his third game in a row with an assist. The junior tied his career high for points in a season with nine. He had nine last year in 42 games.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-11-12

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 4

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM (hitting after the whistle, tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +7, 12 PIM

With the victory, the Big Red has clinched the Ivy League title outright for the first time since the 2004-05 season. They are one point behind Union for first in the ECAC. Gotovets is plus-9 in his last three games.

Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No.20 Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 28 GP, 8-7-15, +8, 8 PIM

Mullin missed his third straight game with a knee injury. Miami completed the weekend sweep of the Chargers with a win Saturday.

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

Quinnipiac Bobcats 7 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +3, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-16-23, +6, 10 PIM

Peca found some of his early season scoring magic with a three-point night for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats (17 points) are now just one point behind Clarkson for fifth in the ECAC standings. Union leads with 26 points.

No.15 Ohio State Buckeyes 4 @ No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM (cross checking, roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 43 PIM

Witkowski (pictured) got an assist when he forced a turnover and quickly moved the puck up ice. His teammates took care of the rest. The Broncos, who beat OSU on Friday night in overtime, scored twice in the early third to take a 3-2 lead before giving up two late goals to lose it.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-10-12

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 5

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 8 PIM

Cornell scored five unanswered goals after falling in a 2-0 hole early in the game. Gotovets (pictured) was the team leader at plus-4.

RPI Red Hawks 2 @ Harvard Crimson 2 (OT)

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-15-30, +4, 35 PIMs

This was a rare quiet game for Killorn on the scoresheet. The Crimson gave up the tying goal with 1:03 left in regulation. Killorn was on the ice for Harvard at the time.

No.5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

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

Marshall continues to miss time recovering from surgery. Reports state he’s expected back before the end of Vermont’s season. Rangers first rounder (2009) Chris Kreider had a goal for BC in the game. Flames pick John Gaudreau had two goals for the Eagles.

Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No.20 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 28 GP, 8-7-15, +8, 8 PIM

Mullin missed his second straight game with a knee injury.

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

Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ St. Lawrence Saints 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-14-20, +3, 10 PIM

The Bobcats spotted St. Lawrence a 4-0 lead before scoring three times in the third period to make it a game. They made it 4-3 with 3 ½ minutes to go but couldn’t get an equalizer.

No.15 Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 39 PIM

Broncos senior Dane Walters (undrafted) scored his 13th goal of the season in overtime to lift WMU to a home win over Ohio State.

*USCHO poll used

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