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November 23, 2009

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey players honored by MASCAC

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were recognized Monday with weekly honors from PSU's new conference, the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

            Junior Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine/Walpole Express) was selected MASCAC Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week, and senior Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md./DeMartha Cath/Boston Harbor Wolves) was named to the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll.  They were key players who helped the Panthers to a 2-1 week, improving their record to 4-1 overall.

Erik Shields             A 6'0, 185-pound goalie, Shields (right) allowed only one goal in his two appearances last week, recording a 2-0 record with a 0.50 goals against average, a .985 saves percentage and one shutout.  He made 33 saves in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Worcester State and he made 34 stops Saturday en route to whitewashing UMass Dartmouth, 3-0, for his third career shutout.

Chris Chambers             A 6'3, 195-pound forward, Chambers (left) registered a five-point week with two goals and three assists, recording at least one point in all three games.  He tallied a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win at Worcester State; he notched a power play goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss at Salem State, and he finished off the week with a pair of assists in Saturday's 3-0 win over UMass Dartmouth.

            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 is back on the ice on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a non-conference match-up at Southern New Hampshire University (7:30 p.m.)

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