Monday, February 27, 2006

Way To Go Mathias!!!

LANGE NAMED ECACHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK Freshman netminder honored for the eighth time this season TROY, N.Y. The ECAC Hockey League has announced its weekly award winners and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Mathias Lange has been named the Rookie of the Week. A freshman goaltender, Lange has now been honored eight times this season, including four Rookie of the Week awards. He has also been selected as the Goaltender of the Week once and to the Weekly Honor Roll on three occasions. Lange earned this week's honor after posting a 1.01 goals against average and a .962 save percentage in two league games. Both of the two goals he allowed on the 52 shots he faced were power play goals. On Friday night, the Klagenfurt, Austria, native was outstanding in shutting out seventh-ranked Cornell, 2-0. He made six saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 15 in the third for his second career shutout. The next night, a 2-1 loss to 20th-ranked Colgate, he stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced, allowing two power play goals. He had six saves in the first period, one in the second and nine in the third. In 33 games this season, including 32 starts, Lange is 13-13-6 with a 2.68 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. He has played in 1924:19 minutes, making 807 saves, including seven games with at least 30 stops, on 893 shots. He is two games shy of tying the school's goaltending records for games played in a season (35 by Nathan Marsters in 2003-04) and three games short of most starts (35 by Marsters in 2003-04). Prior to attending, Rensselaer, Lange played the 2004-05 season for the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, for whom he was 19-16-6 with a 2.69 average and a .910 save percentage. One of four EJHL MVPs, as voted by Hockey Night in Boston Magazine, he had one shutout. He was also selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Hockey Night in Boston All-Scholastic Tournament. Lange played two years for the Billings Bulls of the North American Hockey League before joining the Apple Core. Rensselaer concluded it's regular season with a 14-15-6 overall record and an 8-8-6 ECACHL mark. The Engineers are the seventh-seed in the league playoffs and will host tenth-seeded Quinnipiac (17-6-1; 8-13-1) in a best-of-three first round series this weekend. The games are slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) at 7pm at the Houston Field House. Tickets for those games are on sale now (518-276-6262).

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