PSU Men’s Ice Hockey athletes earn major MASCAC awards

PSU Men’s Ice Hockey athletes earn major MASCAC awards

Volonnino named Player of the Week, Morelli Goalie of the Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Following a pair of lopsided wins two members of the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team were recognized by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with major weekly awards, presented by Geico.

            Senior Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) was named the MASCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Week, while classmate Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) earned Goalie of the Week honors.

            Volonnino exploded for seven points on the week, posting two goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over Castleton University on Tuesday before notching his first career hat trick, with another assist for good measure, as the Panthers rolled over Salem State University by an 8-1 score on Thursday. With the outburst, Volonnino now leads the team with eight goals and is tied for the team lead with 16 points. His 2.29 points per game are tied for fifth in the nation, while his 1.14 goals per game average is the seventh highest in the country. He currently ranks second in all of DIII with five power play goals. It is Volonnino's first weekly honor of the season.

            Morelli recorded a 0.50 goals against average, .982 save percentage and made 54 total saves to pick up a pair of wins and improve to 5-0-1 on the season. He turned aside 21 shots against Castleton to notch his second shutout of the season, then made 33 stops in the win over Salem State. Morelli currently ranks in the top ten nationally in goals against average (1.32) and save percentage (.948). It is his second Goalie of the Week honor, and the third time he has received weekly recognition by the league.

            Plymouth State returns to the ice on Thursday (Nov. 29) for its annual Teddy Bear Toss game, when the Panthers host Framingham State at 6:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring new teddy bears to toss onto the ice following PSU's first goal. The bears will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) to be distributed to families in need over the holidays.




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