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A brief look at the Plymouth St. Panthers

The #2 Utica Pioneers host the #9 Plymouth St. Panthers on Saturday night in the NCAA quarterfinals.

The Plymouth St. Panthers are not a household name amongst the Utica Pioneers fanbase, here’s a brief overview to get the Pioneer faithful familiar with their opponents on Saturday night.

Ninth-ranked Plymouth St. plays out of the MASCAC conference and is coming off of their fifth consecutive MASCAC championship. They defeated #13 Cortland St. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals against the Pioneers.

Utica will have to be aware of Panthers forward Will Redick. The sophomore leads Division III in goals, assists, and points, and is tied for first in power-play goals. Plymouth St. has the #2 overall offense in Division III based on goals per game and has the seventh-ranked power play.

Colgate is on the brink after game one double-overtime loss

Goaltender Kalle Andersson is second in Division III in wins and backstops a defense that is ranked sixth overall. The Panthers penalty kill is fifth overall in Division III.

Team Records

  • Overall: 24-2-2
  • MASCAC: 18-1-2
  • Goal Differential: +87
  • Head Coach: Craig Russell

Team Offense

  • Goals For: 140
  • Goals Per Game: 5.0
  • Shots Per Game: 48.1
  • Power Play: 28.6% (34 for 119)

Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders

  • 1.) Will Redick: 27G + 31A = 58Pts
  • 2.) Connor Tait: 18G + 19A = 37Pts
  • 3.) Ethan Stuckless: 13G + 13A = 26Pts
  • 4.) Will Pray: 9G + 17A = 26Pts
  • 5.) Three tied at 25Pts each
  • Shots Leader: Will Redick with 115
  • Power Play Goals Leader: Will Redick with 11
  • Shorthanded Goals Leader: Jeromey Rancourt with 2
  • Game Winning Goals Leader: Connor Tait and Donte DiPonio with 2 each
  • +/- Leader: Will Redick at +36
  • PIM Leader: Colin Tracy with 39

Team Defense

  • Goals Against: 53
  • Goals Against Per Game: 1.9
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 26.4
  • Penalty Kill: 91.7% (110 for 120)
  • Shorthanded Goals Scored: 4. The Panthers have yet to allow a shorthanded goal this season.

Goaltenders

Kalle Andersson

  • Record: 21-2-1
  • GAA: 1.76
  • Saves: 597
  • Save %: 0.934
  • Shutouts: 2

Brandon Shantz

  • Record: 2-0-1
  • GAA: 1.58
  • Saves: 65
  • Save %: 0.929
  • Shutouts: 1

Connor Strobel

  • Record: 1-0-0
  • GAA: 4.00
  • Saves: 18
  • Save %: 0.818
  • Shutouts: 0

Saturday night’s game at the Adirondack Bank Center starts at 7:00 pm. For more details, visit https://uticapioneers.com.

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