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MASCAC weekly honors for PSU Men’s Hockey players

Wigg, Astedt named Co-Player, Goalie of the Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team have been recognized this week after helping the Panthers clinch their second consecutive Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season championship.

            PSU freshman Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia) was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Co-Player of the Week with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Phil Bronner, and Panther senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) was selected MASCAC Goalie of the Week. Wigg is on the receiving end of weekly recognition for the first time in his career, while Astedt earns a weekly goalie honor for the fifth time this season, twice on the Honor Roll and three times as the MASCAC Goalie of the Week.

   
  Wigg Astedt
     

            A 6'0", 180-pound forward, Wigg notched two goals and two assists in a 2-0-1 week for the Panthers.  He tallied two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in PSU's 3-0 shutout over Salem State on Monday, and assisted on the game-winning overtime goal Thursday in the Panthers' 3-2 victory over Worcester State.

            Wigg is tied for fourth on the team with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists in 22 games.  He also ranks sixth in the MASCAC among freshmen scorers.

            A 6'1", 175-pound goalie, Astedt posted a 2-0-1 record last week with a 1.90 goals against average and a .939 saves percentage.  He stopped all 28 shots in a 3-0 whitewash of Salem State on Monday for his eighth career shutout, and he added 45 saves in Saturday's 4-4 deadlock at UMass Dartmouth.

            Astedt leads the MASCAC in all three primary categories -- goals against average (2.25), save percentage (.929) and winning percentage (.750, 13-4-1). He is also tied for 10th in save percentage in the national Division III statistics and ranks 22nd in goals against average.

            Plymouth State, 17-6-1 overall and 13-3-1 in conference games, wraps up the regular season this Tuesday at Hanaway Rink with a 6:00 p.m. face-off against Fitchburg State University.  The Panthers will have a first-round bye in the MASCAC play-offs, and will host a semifinal contest at Hanaway Rink at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, against an opponent to be determined. 

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