Morelli, Messervier, Stevens spark Panthers as post-season approaches
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University men's ice hockey players were recognized Monday with weekly recognition from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for their performances in three Panther victories last week.
Sophomore Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) was named MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week, freshman Thierry Messervier (Montreal, Que.) was selected MASCAC Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) earned a spot on the MASCAC Weekly Honor Roll. They were the standouts as the Panthers extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1).
A 6'1, 190-pounder, Morelli posted a 2-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and .960 save percentage in a 3-0 week for the Panthers. He made 26 saves last Tuesday in a 4-0 shutout victory over Salem State University and stopped 22 of 24 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over Worcester State University. Morelli leads the MASCAC in winning percentage (.792, 9-2-1), ranks second with a 2.23 goals against average and fourth with a .917 save percentage.
A 6'3, 185-pound goalie, Messervier made 22 saves on 23 shots (.957 save pct.) Thursday in the Panthers' 4-1 win over Fitchburg State. He made 10 saves in the third period to help PSU preserve the victory. Messervier ranks second in the MASCAC in winning percentage (.682, 7-3-1), third with a 2.24 goals against average and seventh with a .911 save percentage.
A 6'3, 200-pounder, Stevens recorded five points on three goals and two assists in a 3-0 week for the Panthers. He scored two goals in the 4-0 win over Salem State on Tuesday, added an assist in the 4-1 win over Fitchburg State on Thursday, and finished his week with a goal and an assist Saturday in the 5-2 win over Worcester State. Stevens shares the MASCAC lead with 18 goals this season, and ranks third with 34 points and tied for sixth with 16 assists. He also ranks 10th nationally in goals and tied for 19th in points.
The Panthers, 17-5-2 overall and the MASCAC regular season champions (currently at 15-1-1), wrap up the regular season this Tuesday, Feb. 21, with a conference game at Westfield State University (7:35 p.m.) PSU will host a MASCAC Tournament semifinal contest the following Tuesday, Feb. 28, against an opponent to be named (7:00 p.m.)
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