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March 9, 2005

Two PSU Men’s Ice Hockey players named ECAC All-Conference

PLYMOUTH, N.H.

- Two rookie standouts on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team have earned post-season honors from the ECAC Northeast Conference.

            Freshman goaltender Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden) highlighted PSU's post-season awards with his selection Wednesday to the All-ECAC Northeast Second Team.  Helgesson and freshman forward Deni Bojadzic (Gothenburg, Sweden) were also named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team.  All of the Northeast post-season awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.

A 6'2", 170-pound goalie, Helgesson enjoyed a standout rookie campaign, posting a 2.89 goals against average and a .904 saves percentage. He ranked fourth among the 24 goalies in the conference in saves percentage and tied for third in goals against average. His 2.89 mark ranks second in school history for single-season goals against average, behind only Larry Forgue's 2.56 in 1998-99. Helgesson was the ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Week four times this season as well as Rookie of the Week once.

 

A 5'11", 185-pound forward, Bojadzic made an impact on the Panthers this season, finishing second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists. He ranked third in the conference among freshman in goals, assists and points. Bojadzic received ECAC Northeast weekly honors twice this season, including once being named Player of the Week.

The two Panther Swedes earned ECAC Northeast weekly honors the same day back in November after top-notch performances at the PAL Stovepipe Tournament in Hooksett, N.H.

 

            The PSU freshmen were two of the sparks on a PSU team that completed the season with a 13-10-2 overall record.  After finishing 10th in the Northeast in 2003-04, PSU leaped all the way to fourth place in 2004-05 with a 9-5-1 conference record under head coach Brett Tryder.

            Helgesson is the first Plymouth State player to be voted to All-Conference since Forgue and defenseman Steve Colonna in 1998-99.

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