Panthers move into 15th on D3hockey poll
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With its season opening unbeaten streak reaching seven straight games, the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team has cracked the national polls.
PSU creeped into 15th on the latest D3hockey.com poll, while sitting one point shy of breaking into the USCHO.com poll. The Panthers had been receiving votes in both polls.
The top four teams in each poll are the same with Wisconsin Stevens Point the consensus No. 1, followed by Adrian College, St. Norbert College and SUNY Geneseo.
Plymouth State appeared in the receiving votes section of the D3hockey.com poll last week with five points, but after a pair of blowout wins has moved up to No. 15 with 22 points. In the USCHO.com poll, Plymouth State went from 18 points to 20 points and sits one point behind No. 15 Plattsburgh State.
Riding its best start in at least 30 years, PSU improved to 6-0-1 after outscoring its opposition by a 15-1 margin last week. The Panthers opened the week with a 7-0 blowout of Castleton University on Tuesday as senior Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.) picked up his second whitewash of the season. Two days later senior Matt Volonnino (Hackettstown, N.J.) recorded his first career hat trick as PSU soared past Salem State, 8-1. The duo were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with Player of the Week and Goalie of the Week honors.
PSU is one of five unbeaten teams in the D3hockey.com poll, joining No. 1 Wisconsin Stevens Point and three New England teams; No. 5 Trinity College, No. 7 University of Massachusetts Boston and No. 11 Babson College.
Plymouth State (6-0-1, 3-0-1 MASCAC) returns to action with a pair of MASCAC games next week. PSU welcomes Framingham State to town on Thursday (Nov. 29, 6:00 p.m.) for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Fans are encouraged to bring new teddy bears to the game to toss onto the ice following the Panthers' 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.
PSU wraps up the week with a trip to Westfield State University on Saturday (Dec. 1) for a 5:35 p.m. contest.
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