Stevens led nation in 2016-17 in short-handed goals
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading scorer on the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey has been declared a national statistical champion for short-handed goals during the 2016-17 season.
Sophomore forward Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) scored six of his 20 goals this past season while his team was short-handed, tops among all NCAA Division III players. Senior Jory Mullin of Neumann was the only other Division III player to score five short-handed goals, and three others scored four each, seniors Mike Kelly of UMass Dartmouth, Anthony Bird of Skidmore College, and Lawrence Cornellier of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Stevens was a First Team All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and a New England Division II/III All-Star as selected by the New England Hockey Writers. A transfer from Arizona State University, Stevens finished third in the league in scoring 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.
PSU finished the season with a 19-6-2 overall record after winning the MASCAC regular season title with a 16-1-1 mark. The Panthers advanced to their sixth straight MASCAC championship game but lost to rival Salem State University in the final, 4-3.
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