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Three PSU Men’s Ice Hockey players earn All-MASCAC Honors

McGilvrey, Sarig, Ceasar earn recognition for Panthers for 2013-14

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University men's ice hockey players were recognized for their outstanding seasons Monday with selection to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) All-Star team for 2013-14.

            Freshman forward Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) earned top honors for PSU as he was named MASCAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Star. Junior Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.) was voted a First Team All-Star defenseman for the second straight season, and sophomore goalie Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) was a Second Team All-Star in his first year in a Panther uniform. The MASCAC All-Conference teams are voted on by the league's seven head coaches.

            A 5'7", 160-pound forward, McGilvrey (#26) topped the MASCAC in scoring during the regular season with 30 points on 11 goals and a league-high 19 assists.  He ranks fourth nationally in Division III in points per game (1.20) among freshmen.  McGilvrey recorded at least one point in 18 of PSU's 25 contests, with his top performances including a four-assist game in a win over Westfield State in December and three three-point outings in a four-game stretch of conference games in early February.

            A 6'3", 220-pounder, Sarig (#24) is a big, powerful defenseman who has one of, if not the strongest slap shots in the league. He led all MASCAC blueliners and ranked ninth overall in scoring during the regular season with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists. He ranks tied for fifth nationally in Division III in points per game (0.96) among defensemen. Sarig had five multiple-point games, and he showcased his mighty slap shot early in the season when two of his shots went through the net for Panther goals.

            A 6'1", 180-pound netminder, Ceasar (#30) took over as the Panthers' top goalie after transferring from Utica College in January. He leads the MASCAC in goals against average (1.63), save percentage (.946), winning percentage (.714, 9-3-2), and shutouts (4).  He ranks second nationally in Division III in save percentage, tied for fourth in shutouts and fifth in goals against average.

            PSU, 13-10-2 overall, shared the MASCAC regular season title with Salem State University, both teams with 11-5-2 conference records. The second-seeded Panthers will host third-seeded Westfield State (12-13-1, 10-7-1) in a MASCAC Tournament semifinal game on Tuesday, Mar. 5, at 6:00 p.m. at PSU's Hanaway Rink. 

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