Ceasar and Economos recognized for Panthers as playoffs approach
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two key 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 wins last week.
Senior Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, Calif.) was named MASCAC Goalie of the Week, and junior Michael Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll. They helped the team to consecutive MASCAC victories as the Panthers get set to defend their title in the conference tournament. They also helped Panther coach Craig Russell record career win #100, as his record is now 100-44-11.
A 6'2", 180-pound netminder, Ceasar posted a 2-0 record last week with a 1.00 goals against average and a .954 save percentage. He made 26 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win at Fitchburg State and added 17 stops in Saturday's 4-1 win at Worcester State.
Ceasar is currently ranked second in the MASCAC in goals against average (1.89), save percentage (.926) and winning percentage (16-3-0, .842). In NCAA Division III rankings, Ceasar is 15th in goals against average, 24th in save percentage and sixth in winning percentage.
A 6-1, 200-pound forward, Economos scored goals in both of PSU's 4-1 victories over Fitchburg and Worcester State. His 11th goal of the year against Fitchburg State on Thursday proved to be the game-winner, and he scored the only goal of the first two periods between PSU and Worcester State on Saturday with his team-leading 12th of the season.
Economos is tied for second on the team with 20 points, which also shares ninth place in the MASCAC. He is also tied for fifth in the league in goal scoring.
The Panthers head into Tuesday's regular season finale against Westfield State University (6:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink) with a 19-4-1 overall record and a 14-2-1 mark in MASCAC play. PSU has tied the program record for wins in a season, and trails league-leading Salem State by one point with one game to play for the top seed in next week.
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