PSU Men’s Ice Hockey players earn MASCAC Weekly recognition

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey players earn MASCAC Weekly recognition

Volonnino, Ceasar, Wigg collect honors for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were recognized Monday by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for their performances in a pair of Panther games last week.

            Panther freshman Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Co-Rookie of the Week, and seniors Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) and Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) landed spots on the Weekly Honor Roll. Each played a role in a 1-0-1 week for PSU that keeps the Panthers atop the MASCAC standings.

            A 5'10", 195-pound freshman, Volonnino tallied two goals and an assist for the Panthers. PSU trailed both Framingham State on Thursday and Fitchburg State on Saturday 1-0 after two periods, and Volonnino scored the first goal of the third period in both games to even the score at 1-1. The Panthers went on to a 2-2 draw with Framingham, and pulled out a 3-1 win over Fitchburg after Volonnino assisted on the game-winner at 13:43.

            Volonnino is second on the team and third in the MASCAC in scoring this season with 19 points in 17 games, notching a team-high 10 goals and nine assists. He is second in the MASCAC in freshman scoring. He is now a two-time MASCAC Rookie of the Week.

            A 6'2", 180-pound netminder, Ceasar made 18 saves on 19 shots (.947 save percentage) in his only appearance to post a 3-1 win over Fitchburg State. He surrendered a goal four minutes into the game before shutting down the Falcons the rest of the way.

            A two-time All-Conference selection, Ceasar is ranked second in the MASCAC in both goals against average (2.08) and save percentage (.924).  His 10-2-0 record on the season is also second-best in the conference, and among all NCAA Division III goalies he ranks 27th in GAA, 31st in save percentage and tied for sixth in winning percentage (.833).

            A 6'0", 180-pound senior, Wigg tallied two goals and an assist for the Panthers, all in PSU's 3-1 win over Fitchburg State. Down 1-0 after two periods, Wigg set up the tying goal in the first minute of the third period, scored the game-winner at 13:43, and sealed the victory with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

            Wigg's final tally also upped his career marks to 40 goals and 60 assists in 93 games, becoming the 11th player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau. Wigg leads the team and ranks second in the MASCAC in scoring this season with 20 points in 16 games, notching seven goals and a team-high 13 assists.

            The Panthers, 13-3-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the MASCAC, plays a pair of conference games this week, hosting Worcester State University Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink and visiting Westfield State University on Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

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