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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey and Basketball players receive ECAC Weekly Honors


- Two standouts on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team and the men's basketball star that scored 62 points in a championship game last week were honored by the ECAC Wednesday for their performances in the week ending Sunday, Feb. 27.

            Senior defenseman Max Wernert (Greenwich, Conn.) was named ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey Player of the Week, and freshman Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) was selected ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Week, his fifth weekly honor this season.  In addition, senior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) was chosen ECAC New England Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this year.

            The Panther hockey team has advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC Northeast Tournament, and visits top-seeded Curry College Wednesday (Mar. 2) for a 7:35 p.m. contest.  The Panther men's hoop team received the second-seed in the ECAC New England Tournament berth, and will host seventh-seeded Western New England College Wednesday at Foley Gymnasium (7:00 p.m.)

A 6'1", 200-pound defenseman, Wernert had three points on offense and anchored a strong Panther defense that allowed only three goals total in two crucial games. In addition to his physical defense, Wernert assisted on the game-winning overtime goal last Tuesday in a 3-2 win over Western New England College, a triumph that that clinched the final home ice spot in the first round of the play-offs, and he scored two goals in Saturday's 6-1 victory over Fitchburg State in the first round of the ECAC Northeast Tournament.


A 6'2", 170-pound goalie, Helgesson posted a 1.48 goals against average, a .943 saves percentage, and a 2-0 record, leading PSU to the two key victories. He stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win over WNEC, and saved 23 of 24 in the victory over Fitchburg State. Helgesson has been the ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Week four times this season as well as Rookie of the Week once.


A 5'10" guard, Pelotte had a sensational Little East Conference Tournament and was named Most Outstanding Player despite not being on the winning team. He averaged 35.4 points 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 49 percent from the floor (91-of-186) and 50 percent from three-point range (39-of-78). Pelotte turned in a record performance in the championship game with 62 points, but PSU dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker to Western Conn., 135-130.


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