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December 12, 2011

MASCAC Men’s Hockey honors for two PSU players

Greco earns top award; Astedt named to Honor Roll

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two standouts on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were recognized Monday with weekly recognition from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

            Junior Kyle Greco was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Week, and classmate Jack Astedt was selected to the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll. They were pivotal players in PSU's 2-0 week that helped the Panthers regain first place in the MASCAC heading into the semester break.

  
  Greco Astedt
     

            A 6'1", 210-pound assistant captain, Greco collected two goals and an assist in the two Panther victories.  He helped set up the overtime game-winner Thursday in PSU's 3-2 triumph over then-first-place University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and he scored two goals in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Fitchburg State University, including the game-winner with just three seconds left in regulation.

            Greco leads the Panthers and ranks second in the MASCAC in scoring with six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 games. Included in his totals are three power play goals and a league-leading three game-winners.

            A 6'1", 175-pound netminder, Astedt was the winning goalie in both games last week, posting a 2.42 goals against average and a .891 saves percentage.  He made 18 saves Thursday in PSU's 3-2 overtime win against UMass Dartmouth, and he stopped 23 shots in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Fitchburg State.

            Astedt is tied for the MASCAC lead with a 2.07 goals against average and ranks second with a .922 saves percentage.  He also ranks 13th in the nation in Division III in goals against average, tied for ninth in winning percentage (8-2-0, .800) and tied for first with two shutouts. Astedt has already been the MASCAC Goalie of the Week three times this season.

            Plymouth State, 8-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the MASCAC, is idle for three weeks for final exams and the holidays.  The Panthers are back on the ice on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8, for a weekend set at Hanaway Rink against Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

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