Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Quinnipiac University Bobcats center Matthew Peca has flown quietly under the radar while helping his team to the No. 3 ranking in the NCAA. The Bobcats sit just behind No. 1 University of Minnesota and No. 2 Boston College in the U.S. College Hockey Online and USA Today rankings.
The Bobcats' record of 18-4-5 is bolstered by Peca's six goals and 12 assists through 27 games played. Currently on a three-game point streak, Peca has tallied five points in his last three appearances with the Bobcats. Peca also ranks first in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in game-tying goals with two.
In the 2012-13 season, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound forward contributed on the power play (three goals, six assists) and penalty kill (two shorthanded goals), and five of his 15 goals were game-winners. The Petawawa, Ontario native was selected by the Lightning 201st overall in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Bobcats next game will take place January 31 against Dartmouth, a conference rival, where Peca will look to extend his point streak.