Athlete of the Week: Matthew Peca

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Updated: March 7, 2014
Photo by Meghan Blanusa

Photo by Meghan Blanusa

Men’s ice hockey junior Matthew Peca passed several milestones over the weekend to be named this week’s QBSN Athlete of the Week. Peca had an incredible seven-point weekend, contributing in both the win over St. Lawrence and the tie to Clarkson.

In the 8-0 victory over St. Lawrence, Peca scored twice and assisted on four other goals for a total of six points. On his second goal of the night Peca reached 100 career points. He is the first junior to reach the 100-point club since Brandon Wong did in the 2008-09 season. Peca is the 37th Quinnipiac player all-time to reach 100 career points.

His six points against St. Lawrence are the most for a player in a NCAA game this season and also tie the Quinnipiac program record for most points in a single game. Back in 1999 Jed Holtzman set the original record also tallying six points in a win against Fairfield in the MAAC Quarterfinals.

To top off the weekend, Peca had an assist in the 1-1 tie against Clarkson. The assist completed his seven-point weekend total and left him with 103 career points.

Peca helped the Bobcats to a third place finish in the ECAC. They earned a first round bye and will wait to see which team they face in the ECAC Quarterfinals.

Quinnipiac is currently the only team in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey that has four players with 100 career points. Connor Jones, Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas are the other players to achieve that feat.

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