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January 18, 2010

PSU Men’s Hockey players receive MASCAC honors

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two players on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were honored Monday with the top weekly honors from the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

            Sophomore Bryan Kriner (Newport, R.I./Boston Jr. Bruins) was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Week, and sophomore Aaron Runner (Alpharetta, Ga./Boston Bulldogs) was tabbed MASCAC Goalie of the Week.  Kriner earns the honor for the second time this season while Runner received his first career weekly accolade after taking over as starting goalie earlier this month. They were key players that helped PSU to a 2-0 week with conference victories over Worcester State College and Salem State College.

Bryan Kriner             A 6'0, 180-pound forward, Kriner (right) totaled six points with three goals and three assists for the week, including both game-winners.  He registered four points in Thursday's 7-1 triumph over Worcester State with a goal and three assists, and he added a pair of game-clinching third-period goals Saturday as PSU handed league-leading Salem State its first conference loss of the season, 4-2.

            Kriner is now second in the MASCAC in scoring with 21 points, trailing only Panther teammate Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.), and leads the league with 11 goals on the season.

Aaron Runner             A 6'0, 185-pound goalie, Runner (left) went 2-0-0 with a 1.51 goals against average and a .957 saves percentage for the week.  He allowed just one goal on 29 shots in Thursday's 7-1 win over Worcester State, and he surrendered two scores on 40 shots Saturday vs. league-leading Salem State. Runner's 38 saves against Salem State was a career best, and included 10 stops in the third period when PSU withstood a major penalty and a 5-on-3 situation.

            The solid performance last week improved Runner's goals against average to a team-leading 1.53 and his saves percentage to .950.

            PSU, 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the MASCAC, plays its first road games in over a month this week, visiting UMass Dartmouth on Thursday for a league contest and Franklin Pierce on Saturday for a non-conference encounter. 

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