MARLBORO, MA-Junior Bruins 16U goalie, Keith Petruzzelli, made a commitment to Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold on Tuesday informing the staff that he will be a Bobcat. Petruzzelli will land in Hamden, CT in the fall of 2017. Petruzzelli represents the first ’99 goalie to commit to a D1 college in the country.
Keith, at 6’3, plays to his size very well and has enjoyed a successful start to his Junior Bruins season. Entering the year as a young ’99 goalie in the predominantly 1997 laden 16U division, he showed early on that he could compete with players older than him.
Head Coach Topher Bevis, discusses Petruzzelli’s skill set:
“Keith has a unique combination of size and quickness, as well as a confidence and calmness that makes for a winning formula. No stage is too big in Keith’s mind, and in fact he relishes in big moments.”
Keith helped backstop the 16U B’s all the way to the State Championship game this fall and impressed at the Beantown Fall Classic. “He used the momentum of the Select Festival this summer as a springboard to the start of the season. He played well early on and coaches were out at our games at a regular basis. He really showed well at the Beantown where he helped us beat some very good teams including a talented Neponset River Rats team where he stopped 30 shots for us in a 4-1 win. There are always moments in big games when the other team makes a push and Keith is always ready to hold down the fort in those situations. His ability to bend, but not break, and get yourself through that moment unharmed is rare for a goalie his age.”
Petruzzelli first came to the B’s when he played with the organization’s 1999 AAA tournament team. He is pictured below (bottom left on ice) in 2007 with the ’99′s after they won the OTTF Spring Classic in Toronto.
Petruzzelli will look to continue his success as the 16′s attack the second half of the USPHL schedule in hopes for a North Division title and a birth in the USPHL playoffs.
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