PLYMOUTH, N.H. - A pair of Plymouth State University men's ice hockey players were honored by the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Wednesday with selections to the All-Conference Team for 2009-10, recognizing their outstanding seasons for the Panthers in their first year in the league.
Senior forward Chris Chambers (Crofton, Md.) took the top honor as he was named MASCAC Player of the Year. He was joined on the All-MASCAC First Team by freshman defenseman Richie Zobak (Evergreen Park, Ill.) They have been two of the top players who have led PSU to a 17-8-1 overall record, a third-place finish in the MASCAC regular season, and a berth in Thursday's MASCAC Tournament semifinals.
A 6'3, 195-pound forward, Chambers (right, and below left) leads the MASCAC in overall scoring with 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points in 26 games. He had five multi-goal games, including one hat trick, and had five-point games in wins over Southern New Hampshire and Framingham State. He is a finalist for the Joe Concannon Award, given by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the top American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level.
Chambers also became the eighth player in school history to reach 100 career points, and currently ranks third on the all-time scoring list with 117 points (58 goals, 59 assists). He is the first Panther to record 40 points in the season since Kevin Creighton in 1997-98, and he trails only Kevin Craig (186 points, 1984-88) and Duncan Walsh (137 points, 1982-86) on PSU's career points list.
A 5'10", 190-pound defenseman, Zobak (near left) represents the strong Panthers freshman class with his All-MASCAC First Team selection. He led the conference in scoring by a defenseman with eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 24 games, and he ranked sixth among all rookie scorers.
Zobak's 21 points this season represents the most for a Plymouth State defenseman since Paul Feeney registered 24 points (6-18-24) in 2004-05 and the most for a Panther freshman since Chambers recorded 34 points (17-17-34) in 2006-07.
PSU and UMass Dartmouth joined the MASCAC this year as affiliate members in men's ice hockey, joining Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Salem State, Westfield State and Worcester State for a seven-team league. Fitchburg State won the regular season title, with Salem State second, PSU third, and Westfield State fourth.
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