Abbate named Rookie of the Year, joined by Longaker on Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced its men's ice hockey all-conference teams and major awards winners on Wednesday and a pair of Plymouth State University student-athletes were among those to receive recognition.
A 5-11 forward, Abbate has had an outstanding rookie campaign. He led the league with 16 goals scored and was named the MASCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after posting two goals and three assists during PSU's championship run. His 1.04 points per game ranked third in the MASCAC among all players and was top ten in the nation among freshmen. Abbate was a consistent threat throughout the season, notching at least a point in 21 of the team's 27 games. He becomes the third Panther in program history to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining alumni Ian McGilvrey (2013-14) and Matt Volonnino (2015-16).
A 6-0 defenseman, Longaker anchored a PSU defensive unit that allowed the second-fewest goals in the conference. One of just two defensemen to play every game this winter, he added two goals and 12 assists to the scoring column. His 12 helpers on the year were the 13th-most among conference athletes, while he led the MASCAC in defensemen scoring with 0.72 points per game. His seven power play points were tied for the fourth-most in conference action. It is his first postseason honor.
Plymouth State (15-9-3) became the first school to win back-to-back MASCAC championships after topping UMass Dartmouth, 6-2, in the title game last Saturday. The Panthers visit #7 Endicott in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday (Mar. 14) at 4:00 p.m.
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