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PSU Men’s Hockey players named to MASCAC Honor Roll

Astedt, Freitag recognized as Panthers begin title defense

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team earned weekly recognition Monday on the eve on the Panthers beginning their defense of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament championship.

  Astedt Freitag

            Senior Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) and sophomore Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) were both named to the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll after leading the regular-season champion Panthers to a 5-1 victory over Fitchburg State in the regular season finale.  Astedt earns a MASCAC weekly goalie honor for the sixth time this season (three times as Goalie of the Week, three times on the Honor Roll) while Freitag was recognized for the third time (once as Player of the Week, twice on the Honor Roll).

            A 6'1", 175-pound goalie, Astedt stopped 31 of 32 shots in the 5-1 win over Fitchburg State, including 14 saves in the third period.  He helped keep the Falcons off the scoreboard in all four power play opportunities.

            Astedt continues to lead the MASCAC in all three primary categories -- goals against average (2.18), save percentage (.931) and winning percentage (.763, 14-4-1). He is also eighth in the national Division III statistics in save percentage and tied for 20th in goals against average.

            A 5'6", 186-pound forward, Freitag collected a pair of short-handed goals and added an assist in the win over Fitchburg State.  His unassisted short-hander in the second period proved to be the game-winner before adding a helper and an empty-netter in the third period.

            Freitag is tied for second on the team with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists in 25 games.  He also ranks tied for 10th in the MASCAC in both assists and points.

            Plymouth State, 18-6-1 overall, won the MASCAC regular season crown with a 14-3-1 conference mark under third-year head coach Craig Russell. After receiving a first-round bye in the MASCAC play-offs, the top-seeded Panthers will host fifth-seeded Fitchburg State University on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink.

             PSU is 11-1-0 in home games this season.  The Panthers swept the season series vs. Fitchburg State, winning 1-0 in Plymouth on Dec. 8; 3-2 in overtime at Fitchburg on Jan. 26; and 5-1 last Tuesday at Hanaway Rink.

            The Panthers are ranked 15th in this week's D3hockey.com national poll and are receiving votes in the USCHO.com Division III national poll.

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