Panthers with five selections following another strong season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference teams for the 2017-18 season were announced on Wednesday and five team members from Plymouth State University were among those honored.
Junior forward Ryan Stevens (Colleyville, Texas) and sophomore defenseman Victor Bergstrom (Angelholm, Sweden) were selected to the All-MASCAC First Team, while junior forward Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.), junior defenseman Tim Perron (Northborough, Mass.) and junior goaltender Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) were named to the All-MASCAC Second Team.
The five honorees matched the second highest total for Plymouth State since joining the MASCAC in the 2009-10 season. PSU had six players earn all-conference status during the 2012-13 season.
A 6-3, 200-pound forward, Stevens has been an offensive powerhouse for the Panthers since transferring from Arizona State University two years ago. Stevens was the top point-scorer for the Panthers and the second-leading scorer in the MASCAC, averaging 1.65 points per game in PSU's 17 league contests. He led Plymouth with 27 assists and 37 points and finishes the year just 13 points shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to eclipse the 100-career point mark. His 27 helpers were tied for the ninth-most all time. This is the second straight year Stevens has earned First Team status.
A 6-0, 185-pound defenseman, Bergstrom led the MASCAC in defenseman scoring. He totaled six goals and 11 assists in 15 league contests, averaging a MASCAC-best 1.13 points per game. Despite missing the final four games of the season due to injury, he ended the year fifth in the nation in scoring among defensemen with 1.10 points per game. He notched a career-high four points after tallying a goal and three assists in a 7-5 setback to Fitchburg State University on Feb. 3. This is Bergstrom's first All-MASCAC honor.
A 5-11, 210-pound forward, Volonnino was the top goal-scorer for the Panthers totaling 14 goals despite missing five late-season games due to injury. He averaged exactly 1.00 goals per game among his 13 MASCAC contests, the second highest goals per game average in the league. His four power play goals were tied for fifth most in the league. Volonnino was the 2015-16 MASCAC Rookie of the Year.
A 6-2, 185-pound defenseman, Perron was PSU's second highest scoring defenseman with six goals and 14 assists. Among MASCAC competitors he finished fourth with 0.89 points per game in defenseman scoring. He closed the season with a flurry recording 10 points over the final six games, including three assists in the regular season finale, a 6-3 win over Westfield State University. Perron was also a Second Team honoree last season.
A 6-1, 190-pound goalie, Morelli put together one of the top seasons between the pipes in program history. His 1.93 goals against average was the second lowest in PSU history, while his 16 wins (16-3-1) were the second most all time. In MASCAC contests Morelli posted a 13-1-1 mark to lead the conference in winning percentage (0.900), and his 2.04 goals against average in league games led the MASCAC by nearly a half-a-goal per game. Morelli was also a Second Team honoree last season.
PSU finished the season with a 19-5-2 record while winning its sixth regular season title in seven years. The top-seeded Panthers were upset in the semifinal round of the MASCAC Tournament by fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 3-1, last Tuesday (Feb. 27).
2017-18 MASCAC MEN'S ICE HOCKEY ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
|Jonathan Ruiz||UMass Dartmouth||Jr.||Forward||Williamstown, N.J.|
|Ryan Stevens||Plymouth State||Jr.||Forward||Colleyville, Texas|
|Nick DiNicola||Fitchburg State||Jr.||Forward||Wolcott, Conn.|
|Jerry Laakso||UMass Dartmouth||Sr.||Defense||Tampere, Finland|
|Victor Bergstrom||Plymouth State||So.||Defense||Angelholm, Sweden|
|Jason Pucciarelli||Salem State||Sr.||Goalie||Newmarket, Ont.|
|Mike Moran||Worcester State||Jr.||Forward||Milford, Mass.|
|Matt Volonnino||Plymouth State||Jr.||Forward||Hackettstown, N.J.|
|Sascha Figi||Fitchburg State||Fr.||Forward||Kloten, Switzerland|
|Tim Perron||Plymouth State||Jr.||Defense||Northborough, Mass.|
|Carl Greco||Westfield State||Jr.||Defense||Niagara Falls, Ont.|
|Evan Morelli||Plymouth State||Jr.||Goalie||Reading, Mass.|
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(Jr., Forward - Williamstown, N.J.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
(Fr., Forward - Kloten, Switzerland)
CHAMPION'S CHOICE COACH OF THE YEAR
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