Morelli named Goalie of the Week, Covach selected to Honor Roll
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team received Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) honors after their performances in the Panthers' season opening, 5-0 win over Johnson & Wales on Saturday night.
Seniors Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) and Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) were both recognized by the league, with Morelli being selected as the Goalie of the Week and Covach being tabbed to the Weekly Honor Roll.
Morelli picked up right where left off following a superb junior season. The 6-1 goaltender made 18 stops in the opener to keep Johnson & Wales off the board as the Panthers earned a 5-0 win. It was his seventh career shutout. Morelli is a two-time All-MASCAC Second Teamer and posted a 16-3-1 mark between the pipes a year ago – the second most wins in a season all-time.
A 5-11 forward, Covach kicked the season off in style with his first career four-point game (two goals, two assists). Covach opened the scoring late in the first period when he one-timed a pass from behind to goal line past the JWU goaltender.
A fantastic individual effort led to his first assist in the opening minutes of the second. He made a leaping grab to deny a JWU clear in front of the Panthers' bench, carried the puck untouched around the back of the goal, then slipped a pass to a streaking Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.), who deposited the puck to the nearside pipe. He added up a power play tally at the 7:33 mark of the second period, tipping in a shot from the top of the left circle on the far post, and assisted on the Panthers' final goal in the opening minutes of the third period.
PSU (1-0-0) begins its MASCAC regular season title defense on Tuesday (Oct. 30) when the Panthers welcome Worcester State to Hanaway Rink for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
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