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Frosh Will Compete Right Away

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 4, 2005

TROY - One of the big problems with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offense last season was a lack of depth at center, especially when Oren Eizenman was out with mononucleosis.

Freshmen such as Andrew Lord and Jake Morissette, who are right wingers, had to center the second and third lines.

Speedy freshman Mathieu Angers-Goulet hopes to alleviate that problem this year.

The St. Augustin, Que. native gave RPI fans a glimpse of his speed and playmaking skills during the Engineers' Red-White Scrimmage Game.

He assisted on Jonathan Ornelas' game-tying goal for the Red team in its 2-1 victory.

Rensselaer coach Dan Fridgen, never one to blow loud horns for his incoming recruits, has mentioned Angers-Goulet's "excellent offensive upside" many times.

The 5-feet-10, 178-pound Angers-Goulet, who led Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League rookies in goals with 20 last season, had no idea the Engineers needed some help at the centerman spot and knew he'd get a chance to show his skills right away.

"Not really," he said. "But I'll play wherever I can play, wherever I can help."

Of course, as a Mechanical Engineering major, he says, as soon as RPI showed interest in him, it was a done deal.

"A no-brainer," he said with his classic French accent. "I was coming here."

"The hockey program and the academics are great," he said of Rensselaer. "I got a chance to talk to a lot of people, I talked to (former RPI All-American) Joe Juneau; he had great things to say about the program."

Maine, Union and Princeton also showed interest in Angers-Goulet and Fridgen says he was delighted to get him.

"He has superb playmaking skills, a good scoring touch and very good speed," Fridgen said. "He should be a big threat at the college level."

Angers-Goulet played two years of minor hockey in Quebec, and one for Notre Dame in the SJHL.

He describes himself as "more of a playmaker. I can score goals as well, but I'm a playmaker first."

Angers-Goulet was asked if he'd like to play, as he did in the Red-White game, with the speedy Ornelas on his left wing.

"That would be good," he said. "He's a good player, but I'll play with any (wingers)."

Seeing the small, quick forwards together would no doubt delight Engineer fans.

For the Engineers to dramatically improve on last year's records of 6-15-1, 14-22-2, Angers-Goulet and a few other freshmen will have to contribute right away.

He downplays that idea.

"I feel like I can bring some offense right away," he said. "Whatever they ask me to do, I'll do it."

Certainly he expects to be in the lineup on Sunday for the season opener at UMass-Lowell?

"I'd like to be," he said. "I'd like to."