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January 20, 2009

PSU Men’s Hockey players receive top ECAC weekly honors

          PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two freshmen on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tuesday with top honors on the list of ECAC Northeast weekly accolades.

            Freshman Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named ECAC Northeast Player of the Week, and classmate Allen Schneider (Strongsville, Ohio) was selected ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Week.  They provided the highlights to a 3-0 week for the Panthers, including an upset victory over 15th-ranked New England College and a weekend sweep of Cortland (N.Y.) State.

            A 5'7", 170-pound forward, Zaremba (right) recorded six points in the three wins on five goals and one assist. He notched his first career hat trick in Tuesday's overtime win against NEC, including the OT game-winner, giving PSU its first career win over NEC in 17 meetings. Zaremba then scored two goals in Friday's 5-4 win over Cortland State, including the game-winner with a third-period goal with six minutes remaining to break a 4-4 tie, and he added an assist Saturday as PSU completed the sweep over Cortland, 4-3 in overtime.

            Zaremba, who had only one goal in PSU's first 12 games, is now third on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists. He is tied for 14th in the conference in scoring by a freshman.

            A 6'1", 170-pound goalie, Schneider (left) posted a 3-0-0 record on the week with a .926 saves percentage and a 3.25 goals against average.  He made 46 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over NEC, tallied 42 saves in Friday's 5-4 win over Cortland State, and finished the week with 37 stops Saturday as PSU completed the weekend sweep over Cortland.

            Schneider's strong week improved his season numbers to a .907 saves percentage, a 3.67 goals against average, and a 5-4-1 record.  He is ranked eighth in the conference in saves percentage and 14th in goals against average.

            PSU, 6-8-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league play, puts its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday (Jan. 21) at Waterville Valley with a 6:00 p.m. face-off against ECAC Northeast Conference foe Southern New Hampshire University. 

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