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November 16, 2009

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey player receives conference honor

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the newcomers on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team has received the top honor in the first round of weekly accolades from PSU's new conference, the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

            Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I./Boston Jr. Bruins) was named MASCAC Ice Hockey Player of the Week Monday for his performance in PSU's season opening weekend at the Becker Icebreaker Tournament on Nov. 6-7.  He was instrumental in leading PSU to a pair of victories and the tournament championship.

            A 6'0, 180-pound forward, Kriner was named the Most Valuable Player of the Becker Tournament.  He had a three-point night (two goals, one assist) in PSU's 5-4 first-round win over Suffolk University, and he added a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 championship game victory over Stonehill to finish with a five-point weekend.

            Plymouth State is playing in the MASCAC this season after a quarter-century in ECAC hockey leagues. The other teams in the league include the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Worcester State College, Westfield State College, Framingham State College, Fitchburg State College and Salem State College.

            PSU, 2-0-0, officially opens MASCAC play this Tuesday, Nov. 17, with a 5:30 p.m. face-off at Worcester State. 

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