Panthers up to No. 13 as unbeaten streak continues
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With another two wins over the last week, the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team has climbed two spots in both national polls.
Plymouth State (8-0-1) moved up to No. 13 on the latest USCHO.com and D3hockey.com polls, matching the highest national ranking in program history.
The two polls agree on the top three teams in the country, with Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the nation's only other unbeaten team, as the unanimous No. 1 in both polls. SUNY Geneseo sits in second, with St. Norbert College third.
Plymouth State earned 59 points in the D3hockey.com poll, while the Panthers collected 62 points in the USCHO.com poll. PSU trails No. 12 Hobart College by just eight points.
PSU coasted to an 8-3 win over Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foe Framingham State during the team's third annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Thursday, then upended Westfield State, 5-2, in a league game on Saturday.
The Panthers wrap up the fall semester with a home game against Endicott College on Thursday (Dec. 6), with puck drop set for 6:00 p.m. The Gulls appear in the "receiving votes" category of both polls after upending No. 5/7 University of New England on Saturday.
Both teams sport high-powered offenses – PSU leads the nation with 5.56 goals per game while Endicott is second at 5.30 – but Plymouth State's defensive zone play has been a key component of the strong start. The Panthers are eighth in the country in scoring defense (1.78 g/gm), while Endicott allows an average of 3.00 goals per contest (46th best in the country).
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