Astedt honored as Panthers claim MASCAC title
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The starting goaltender on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team was recognized Monday with one of the weekly honors from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
Junior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) was named MASCAC Goalie of the Week for his efforts in a pair of key conference wins last week. It marks the fourth time this season that Astedt has landed the honor, in addition to two other appearances on the Weekly Honor Roll. The Panther netminder was one of the keys that helped PSU clinch the 2011-12 MASCAC regular season championship.
A 6'1", 175-pound veteran, Astedt posted a 2-0-0 record last week with a 1.98 goals against average and a .925 saves percentage. He made 25 saves in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win at Worcester State, and made 24 stops to shut out UMass Dartmouth Saturday, 2-0, keeping the top two scorers in the conference off the score sheet. He helped PSU clinched its first conference championship in the program's 40-year history.
Astedt currently leads the MASCAC with a 2.32 goals against average and a .700 winning percentage (13-5-2) and is tied for fifth in saves percentage at .913. He also shares the Division III national lead with four shutouts.
Plymouth State, 15-6-2 overall, 12-3-2 in the MASCAC and riding a six-game winning streak, wraps up the regular season Tuesday at Fitchburg State University. The Panthers will be the #1 seed in the MASCAC Tournament, and after a first-round bye this Saturday, will host a semifinal game at Hanaway rink next Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:00 p.m.
The MASCAC Championship game is Saturday, Mar. 3, at the highest remaining seed, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
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