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PSU Men’s Ice Hockey sweeps MASCAC Weekly Honors

Woody, Ceasar, McGilvrey earn recognition for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team swept this week's Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) honors on Monday after the Panthers went 3-0 last week to remain in the hunt for the league's regular season championship.

            Sophomores Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) and Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) were named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player and Goalie of the Week, respectively, and freshman Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) was selected MASCAC Rookie of the Week. Ceasar earns the top goalie award for the third time this season, McGilvrey is a two-time selection as the top rookie and Woody is a first-time honoree.

            The Panther trio were key players in Panther wins over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, 5-2; Worcester State University on Thursday, 4-0; and Framingham State University on Saturday, 6-0.

            A 5'10", 185-pound forward, Woody recorded five goals and one assist in the 3-0 week for the Panthers. He tallied a hat trick Tuesday in the victory at UMass Dartmouth and he notched two goals and an assist in PSU's win Thursday at Worcester State.

            Woody's week now gives him the team lead and ranks him tied for third in the MASCAC in goal scoring with 12 goals in 24 games, and he is also tied for sixth on the team with 18 points.

            A 5'7", 160-pound forward, McGilvrey recorded three goals and three assists for his week. He tallied a goal and two assists Tuesday at UMass Dartmouth, he notched a goal in the win at Worcester State, and he finished the week with a goal and an assist in the triumph over Framingham State.

            McGilvrey has the overall scoring lead in the MASCAC with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists. He ranks fourth in the nation among rookie scorers and has eight more points than any other freshman in the league.

            A 6'1", 180-pound netminder, Ceasar posted a 3-0 record with a 0.67 goals against average, a .973 save percentage and two shutouts for the Panthers. He made 25 saves in the 5-2 win at UMass Dartmouth, he stopped all 34 shots in the 6-0 victory at Worcester State, and made 14 saves in the 4-0 whitewash over Framingham State.

            Ceasar, who transferred from Utica College in January, leads the MASCAC in goals against average (1.60), save percentage (.946), shutouts (4) and winning percentage (.692, 8-3-2). He ranks second nationally in Division III in save percentage, tied for fourth in shutouts and fifth in goals against average.

            PSU is 5-0-2 in its last seven games, moving its overall record to 12-10-2 and its MASCAC mark to 10-5-2.  The Panthers are tied for first place with Salem State (13-9-2, 10-5-2), one point ahead of Westfield State (11-12-1, 10-6-1). The MASCAC regular season concludes Tuesday, Feb. 25, with Plymouth State visiting Westfield State and Salem State hosting Worcester State (9-13-1, 5-11-1).

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