20 - Matthew Peca
Matthew Peca
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Petawawa, Ontario
High School: Pembroke (CCHL)
Position: FORWARD

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012-13:
Appeared in 39 games…Second on the team with 15 goals and tied for second with 15 assists...Second on the team with 30 points…Led the team with two shorthanded goals…Tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals…His five points in the NCAA Tournament ranked eighth among all participants...His four goals in the NCAA Tournament were the second most in the field...Scored the fastest natural hat trick (3:12) in NCAA Tournament history in the East Regional Final against Union, which was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter as the No. 4 Top Play of the Day on March 31...Named NCAA Tournament East Regional Most Valuable Player with four goals and an assist in two games...Also named to the 2013 NCAA All-Tournament Team...Had an assist on Oct. 13 vs. Robert Morris…Scored two goals in two games vs. Ohio State on Oct. 19-20, including the shorthanded game-winner on Oct. 20…Netted another goal on Nov. 16 at Clarkson…Scored another game-winning, shorthanded goal on Dec. 1 at Rensselaer…Had his first multi-point game of the year on Dec. 29 with a goal and assist vs. Neb.-Omaha…Added another assist on Dec. 30 vs. Neb.-Omaha…Had a goal and assist vs. Harvard on Jan. 5…Registered an assist on Jan. 11 vs. Rensselaer and Jan. 12 vs. Union…Had a goal and an assist on Jan. 22 in a 2-1 win over Connecticut…Assisted in the Bobcats lone goal at Brown on Feb. 1…Scored the game-winner on the power play on Feb. 2 at Yale…Netted another goal on Feb. 8 at Cornell…Collected an assist at Colgate on Feb. 9 and on Feb. 16 vs. Clarkson…Scored in the Bobcats 4-1 win over Yale on Feb. 22…Added two assists on Mar. 15 vs. Cornell…Had a goal and two assists on Mar. 16 vs. Cornell…Scored against Canisius on Mar. 30 in a 4-3 win in the NCAA Tournament East Regional…Scored the fastest natural hat trick in NCAA Tournament history, scoring three goals and adding an assist in the East Regional Final vs. Union on Mar. 31.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011-12:
Joined Bryan Leitch and Brandon Wong as the third player in Quinnipiac history named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team…Two-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week…Quinnipiac’s February Athlete of the Month…Finished the season ranked third in rookie points per game (1.00) in NCAA Division I hockey…Ranked 12th in assists (0.79) among all NCAA Division I skaters…Became the first player in Quinnipiac history to assist on every goal in a weekend series…Tallied a point on 11 consecutive Bobcat goals, also a Quinnipiac record…Became the first freshman in program history to lead the team in scoring for a postseason series after posting five points in three games in the ECAC Hockey First Round against Brown... Became the first freshman in Quinnipiac’s Division I history to lead the team in assists with 31…Also scored eight goals for 39 points, good for second on the team…Was the sixth freshman in program history to reach 30 points in his first season…Also one of three freshmen in Quinnipiac history, along with Bryan Leitch and Brian Herbert, to pass out 30 assists…Named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on 10/24/11 ... Picked up his first collegiate point on an assist in the Bobcats’ 4-3 win against Ohio State on Oct. 8, 2011 ... Had an assist against Holy Cross on 10/12 in a 5-3 win ... Had an assist in both games of a series sweep against Canisius on 10/15-16 ... Scored his first career goal against Bentley on 10/18 in a 6-1 win ... Also had one assist ... Scored in the Bobcats’ 5-4 loss to Robert Morris on 10/21 ... Had a goal in the Bobcats’ 4-1 win against the Colonials on 10/22 ... Had an assist in Quinnipiac’s 5-4 loss to Dartmouth on 11/4 ... Had one assist in the Bobcats’ 2-2 tie against Harvard on 11/5 ... Had one assist in Quinnipiac’s 1-1 tie against Clarkson on Nov. 11 ... Scored the game’s first goal in a 3-2 win against Rensselaer on 12/3 ... Had two assists in Quinnipiac’s 6-1 win against Sacred Heart on 12/9 ...  Scored the Bobcats’ first goal in a come-from-behind 2-2 tie against Brown on 1/7 ... Had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats’ 7-1 romp of Colgate on 1/14 ... Had two assists in a 6-3 loss to Harvard on 2/3 ... Had a career-best three points (1g, 2a) in a 7-6 win at Clarkson on 2/11 ... Had an assist in a 3-1 win against Rensselaer on 2/17 ... Had four assists in a 4-1 win against Brown on 2/24 ... Had two assists in a 2-2 tie against Yale on 2/25... Had an assist in a 4-1 loss in Game 1 ... Had a goal and two assists in Game 2 ... Had one assist in Game 3 ... Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on 3/6…Had an assist in a 4-2 loss to Colgate in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals…Passed out three assists in the Bobcats’ 4-2 win in Game 2.

BEFORE QUINNPIAC:
Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft…Played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL)…Voted Top Forward at RBC Cup Championship...Led Pembroke to a 51-9-0 record and the 2011 National Championship…In 120 career games, he totaled 47 goals and 72 assists for 119 career points…Had two goals and three assists in the 2011 RBC Cup Championship…In 2009-10, he had 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points in 60 games played…In 2010-11, he ranked 11th in the CJHL in points (72), ninth in assists (46) and 14th in goals scored (26).

PERSONAL: 
Son of Ginette and Frank Peca…Has one brother, Steven, and one sister, Katrina….Majoring in Business…Born in Pembroke, Ontario.