PSU Men’s Ice Hockey receives MASCAC post-season honors

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey receives MASCAC post-season honors

Stevens, Economos, Morelli, Perron recognized for 2016-17 campaign

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men's Ice Hockey All-Star teams for the 2016-17 season were announced Wednesday and the list of honorees included four individuals from Plymouth State University.

           Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) earned top honors for PSU as he was named MASCAC First Team All-Star in his first season in a Panther uniform.  Senior captain Michael Economos  (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was named a Second Team All-Star for the third straight year, and was joined on the Second Team by sophomores Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) and Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.)

            The MASCAC All-Conference teams are voted on by the league's seven head coaches.

            A 6'3, 200-pounder, Stevens finished third in the league in scoring this season with 39 points, including a MASCAC-leading 20 goals and 19 assists, fifth-most in the league. He became the sixth player in school history to score at least 20 goals in a season, and the first since 1993.

            A transfer from Arizona State University, Stevens ranked 10th in Division III this season in goals per game (0.74), and led all of Division III skaters with six short-handed goals. He had five multiple-goal games, and recorded at least one point in 23 of his 27 outings.

            A 6-1, 215-pound captain, Economos finished second on the team in scoring with27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists, ranking fourth in the MASCAC in goals scored and seventh in points. He scored his 50th career goal in his final game, becoming the sixth player in school history to reach 50 goals and the first since 2010.

            A four-year veteran and three-year captain, Economos finished his 109-game career with 95 points (50-45-95). He helped lead the Panthers to a four-year mark of 56-11-5 record, three MASCAC regular season titles, four straight MASCAC title games, and the 2015 MASCAC tournament championship.

            A 6'1, 190-pounder, Morelli led the MASCAC this season with a 2.19 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and a .767 winning percentage (11-3-1). He also led the league and tied for fourth in Division III with three shutouts, including back-to-back whitewashes over Framingham State and Salem State in February.

            A 6-2, 185-pound defenseman, Perron helped anchor a PSU defense that led the MASCAC and ranked 13th among 78 teams in Division III, allowing just 2.30 goals per game. He also ranked eighth in scoring among MASCAC defensemen with 13 points on three goals and 10 assists.

            PSU completed the season with a 19-6-2 overall record after winning the MASCAC regular season crown with a 16-1-1 mark under head coach Craig Russell. PSU played in its sixth straight MASCAC championship game, but was upset by archrival Salem State in the title game at Hanaway Rink, 4-3.

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