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Jay Matthews, out of Marshfield and Thayer Academy, recently earned Player of the Week honors at Wesleyan.
Jay Matthews, out of Marshfield and Thayer Academy, recently earned Player of the Week honors at Wesleyan. Credit:

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So far, the new year has translated into a fresh start for Marshfield’s Jay Matthews, a sophomore on the men’s hockey team at Wesleyan University.

And his coach, Chris Potter, is hoping that results in a few more scoring opportunities for the Thayer Academy graduate.

After connecting for a pair of goals in an 8-5 loss to Hamilton in late November, Matthews was scoreless in the final five games of the first semester.

But in the Cardinals’ first game back after the break, the 6-foot, 185-pound left wing scored the tying goal in the third period and then assisted on the winner 32 seconds later in a 4-2 win over New England College.

He scored two more goals a night later, including the winner, in a 4-3 win over SUNY Canton.

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