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Lanceleve on early season streak with Plymouth State Panthers


PLYMOUTH, NH – His hair keeps getting longer, his moustache keeps getting curlier, and his goals keep getting bigger by the game.

Colby Lanceleve is off to a start like he’s never had before. The Stewiacke native is torching opponents in the NCAA and scoring more often than ever. His Plymouth State team is odds-on favourites to win their conference and Lanceleve is on the fast track to earning all-rookie all-star honours by seasons’ end.

But that’s all a long way off. The quiet, country kid prefers not to dive into aspirations or hypotheticals, even after scoring six goals and 10 points in his first seven games – including a game-tying goal and OT winner on Tuesday night.

“It’d be great (to be an all-star), but it’s not something I’ve put much thought into,” he said over the phone on Friday afternoon.

After starting the season 4-0 within their conference and 6-1 in total games played, Lanceleve and his PSU teammates will enjoy a weekend off while recovering from American Thanksgiving on Thursday.

“They do it big here,” he said with a laugh. “They eat well. I couldn’t go 15 minutes without somebody making me eat something yesterday.”

While he may not be so light on his feet after a feast, Lanceleve is using the same brand of speed and intensity at Plymouth that made him a fan favourite with the Truro Bearcats. After scoring a point-per-game in his final junior season, Lanceleve has kicked it up a notch this year playing alongside linemates Josh Woody and Andrew Wigg.

“They’re both seniors and they make it easy to score,” Lanceleve said. “They’re both simple players who play a smart game.”

He described Woody as a player with a similar nose for the net, while he said Wiggs, the Lantz native, “makes some of the best passes I’ve ever seen.”

While a few of his former Bearcat teammates went on to post-secondary in Canada, Lanceleve had been eyeing NCAA Division 3 for a while. Landing in Plymouth was a measured move on his behalf, and has panned out even better than expected so far. School “is an adjustment,” he said, noting he’d never taken more than one or two courses at a time while with the Bearcats. “I’m just doing my best to get some good grades.”

But hockey is familiar to him, for more reasons than one.

“It’s a very similar vibe as in Truro. You’re expected to win here, to bring home the two points every time you play – which is something I like. I came here to win.”

The Panthers were favourites before the season even started, being selected as the most-likely champions in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with six of seven first place votes. They’ve since begun to gather wider attention, receiving votes for the national top-10 list in the past two weeks. While they haven’t cracked the list yet, the players are beginning to notice the attention they’re receiving.

“We usually have a little chat about (the weekly rankings),” Lanceleve said. “We take a peek every week, but it’s not something we’re caught up in.”

No matter how far from home he is, Lanceleve keeps in touch with Bearcats players, past and present.

“I still talk to everyone and keep tabs on the team,” he said. “They’re like family.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colby Lanceleve is off to a start like he’s never had before. The Stewiacke native is torching opponents in the NCAA and scoring more often than ever. His Plymouth State team is odds-on favourites to win their conference and Lanceleve is on the fast track to earning all-rookie all-star honours by seasons’ end.

But that’s all a long way off. The quiet, country kid prefers not to dive into aspirations or hypotheticals, even after scoring six goals and 10 points in his first seven games – including a game-tying goal and OT winner on Tuesday night.

“It’d be great (to be an all-star), but it’s not something I’ve put much thought into,” he said over the phone on Friday afternoon.

After starting the season 4-0 within their conference and 6-1 in total games played, Lanceleve and his PSU teammates will enjoy a weekend off while recovering from American Thanksgiving on Thursday.

“They do it big here,” he said with a laugh. “They eat well. I couldn’t go 15 minutes without somebody making me eat something yesterday.”

While he may not be so light on his feet after a feast, Lanceleve is using the same brand of speed and intensity at Plymouth that made him a fan favourite with the Truro Bearcats. After scoring a point-per-game in his final junior season, Lanceleve has kicked it up a notch this year playing alongside linemates Josh Woody and Andrew Wigg.

“They’re both seniors and they make it easy to score,” Lanceleve said. “They’re both simple players who play a smart game.”

He described Woody as a player with a similar nose for the net, while he said Wiggs, the Lantz native, “makes some of the best passes I’ve ever seen.”

While a few of his former Bearcat teammates went on to post-secondary in Canada, Lanceleve had been eyeing NCAA Division 3 for a while. Landing in Plymouth was a measured move on his behalf, and has panned out even better than expected so far. School “is an adjustment,” he said, noting he’d never taken more than one or two courses at a time while with the Bearcats. “I’m just doing my best to get some good grades.”

But hockey is familiar to him, for more reasons than one.

“It’s a very similar vibe as in Truro. You’re expected to win here, to bring home the two points every time you play – which is something I like. I came here to win.”

The Panthers were favourites before the season even started, being selected as the most-likely champions in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with six of seven first place votes. They’ve since begun to gather wider attention, receiving votes for the national top-10 list in the past two weeks. While they haven’t cracked the list yet, the players are beginning to notice the attention they’re receiving.

“We usually have a little chat about (the weekly rankings),” Lanceleve said. “We take a peek every week, but it’s not something we’re caught up in.”

No matter how far from home he is, Lanceleve keeps in touch with Bearcats players, past and present.

“I still talk to everyone and keep tabs on the team,” he said. “They’re like family.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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