Washington Capitals defensive prospect Chase Priskie scored a pair of goals, including a power-play goal, for Quinnipiac Saturday night. Quinnipiac (#9) completed the weekend sweep of Princeton (#19) with a 6-3 victory, extending the Bobcats winning streak to six games.
Priskie, the Capitals sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft (#177 overall), scored his first marker at 16:01 of the second period, giving the Bobcats a 4-2 lead. Priskie would receive a direct feed off the faceoff and blast a shot from the top of the right circle for the score.
Priskie’s second tally, a power play goal, came from the left circle at 3:20 of the final frame, giving Quinnipiac a 5-3 lead.
Captain Priskie now has 11 goals and 8 assists in 15 games played so far this season, for a 1.27 points per game average. Priskie has registered 59 shots on the season for an 18.6% shooting percentage. The senior leads the Bobcats in power play goals (6), game-winning goals (5), is second in points (19) and third in blocked shots (16). Remember, he’s a defenseman.
Nationally, Priskie is tied for first in power play goals (6), tied for second in goals (11) and tied for 8th in points (19). He leads all defensemen in goals, is second among all defensemen in points and third in points per game average among all defensemen.
In a recent interview with College Hockey News, Quinnipiac’s Head Coach Rand Pecknold said “I know he gets a lot of accolades for his offense, which he should, But he’s really worked at rounding out his game and becoming a 200-foot player. He’s been outstanding, both on offense and on defense.” In a recent interview with the Bobcats podcas (here), Pecknold characterized Priskie as an “A+ charachter kid, who “works his tale off”, and is “a great leader”.
When asked what led to his high-scoring start to the season, Priskie quickly diverted the credit to his teammates. “I think being put in the right position with players like Odeen Tufto, Brogan Rafferty and Brandon Fortunato helped my goal production,” Priskie said. “They seem to really make some great, high-end plays to find me. It goes cross-seam or cross-ice and then I just have to get the puck on net.”
By Jon Sorensen