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.

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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Prospect of the Week (10.23.11)

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 or engraved gold teeth awarded, but we’re fairly certain this will be printed off and end up in a frame somewhere. Quite simply, 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, Quinnipiac Bobcats.

NCAA Game Night: 10-22-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-5-8, +2, 4 PIM

Peca scored again to run his point streak to seven games as Quinnipiac split the weekend series with Robert Morris.

No. 10 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Ferris State remained undefeated sweeping the weekend series with No. 10 Miami. Bulldog freshman goalie, C.J. Motte, recorded his second shutout in just his third start on the young season.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play, leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell was listed on the Sioux pregame injury list as out with a leg injury for three to six weeks.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alaska Nanooks 2 (ot)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 10 PIM

Western remained unbeaten on the year (3-0-3) after a tie Saturday with Alaska. The Broncos are home next weekend for two games with No. 17 Northern Michigan.

Carleton Ravens 1 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 5 (Exhibition)

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

The Big Red concluded their preseason with a win over Carleton University out of Ottawa. Cornell opens the regular season next weekend at home against Mercyhurst.

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-11

No. 10 Miami Redhawks 2 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 4

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM

Miami, who started the season preseason ranked No. 1, continued to struggle to start the season falling to Ferris State. The Bulldogs are now (5-0-0) to start the year.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

O'Donnell was not in the lineup for the first time this season as North Dakota fell to Wisconsin to open WCHA play. Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, defense, had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 5

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, Even, 2 PIM

Freshman, Matthew Peca, picked up a goal in the third to run his point streak to six games.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont was shutout in their season opener by Minnesota as Colorado prospect Kent Patterson picked up the shutout. Florida Panther prospect Nick Bjugstad, the 19th overall pick in 2010, had two goals for the Gophers and Nashville prospect Zach Budish had a goal and two assists in the game.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Alaska Nanooks 1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 8 PIM

The Broncos opened CCHA play with a long road trip out to Alaska and took the first game of the weekend series with the Nanooks to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-2. The two teams play again Saturday night.

Guelph Gryphons 2 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 3 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play

Gotovets was not in the lineup as the Big Red beat the University of Guelph in an exhibition game. Cornell plays Carleton College Saturday in their last tune up before regular season play.

Western Ontario Mustangs 4 @ Harvard Crimson 7 (Exhibition)

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

Senior, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Crimson knocked off Western Ontario in Harvard's only exhibition game. They open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 4 at home against rival Princeton.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-18-11

Bentley Falcons 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 6

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, Even, 2 PIM

Freshman, Matthew Peca scored his first collegiate goal and extended his point streak to five games as Quinnipiac (5-1-0) out shot Bentley 51-18 in route to 6-1 win over the Falcons.

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