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Fridgen Earns 200th Victory

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, October 24, 2005

TROY - There was no letdown on Sunday for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's young hockey team, as the Engineers celebrated their first home appearance of the season by handing head coach Dan Fridgen his 200th career victory with a 4-0 blanking of winless Army.

Kevin Broad scored one goal and assisted on another, freshman center Mathieu Angers-Goulet netted his first college goal and freshman goalie Mathias Lange posted his first shutout as the Engineers used superior special-teams play to continue their domination of the Cadets.

Rensselaer has beaten Army 10 straight times by a combined score of 47-7 and Sunday's shutout was the fourth in the past five meetings.

The 3-2-0 Engineers, coming off a huge 3-2 triumph at Boston University on Friday, built a 1-0 lead on Angers-Goulet first-period, shorthanded goal, then put together perhaps their best period of the season during the second, getting power-play goals from Oren Eizenman, Broad and freshman Seth Klerer.

"Sometimes that complacency can set in ... after a big win like we had Friday night," Fridgen said. "But I thought the guys came out ... they were hungry, we had good jump in the first period, some good energy."

Eizenman was in behind Army goalie and Catskill native Brad Roberts and in the crease when defenseman Brad Farynuk sent a blast toward the net just 59 seconds into the second period.

While off-balance and being checked, Eizenman was unable to get off a backhand shot, so he kicked the puck to his forehand and swept it across the goal line.

"I had to kick it up to my skate," the junior center said. "It was kind of a weird play. Coach (Fridgen) has been telling me for three years now to go to the net. So I said, 'I don't care where the goalie is, I'm just going to go to the net.'" Lo and behold, coach was right.

"There was a guy (Army's Aaron Anderson) all over me," Eizenman said. "I just kicked it up to my stick and just put it in ... less than two feet from the goal line, maybe the easiest goal I've scored in my life. And Brad's shot was a rocket. I don't know how it squeaked through but it looked like it went through his stomach."

Broad put home a pretty deflection of Keith MCWilliams' shot from the point at 7:48.

"First period, on our PP, Army did a good job of plugging up the middle and getting in the passing lanes," Broad said. "So, we decided to pull a guy off to the side of the net and go at it from that angle. Keith made a great play and I just got my stick on it and heard the clunk of the back of the net."

The Engineers outshot the Cadets 19-4 during the second period and 33-14 for the game.

"I thought we needed to come up a little bit higher (with) our energy level (in the second) and get our feet moving a little more," Fridgen said. "The guys did a great job of staying focused and doing the little things. It's easy, in a game like this, to look up and start thinking offense (only) but I thought we were taking care of our own end of the rink first and foremost."

Broad set up Angers-Goulet's goal two ways.

"I got a nice pass from Broader ... then he went and set up a nice screen in front of the goalie," Angers-Goulet said. "I waited (for Broad's screen), was patient and just shot it below (Roberts') blocker. Broader made the pass and crashed the net ... a nice play for him."

Lange said the Engineers are a confident team.

"It was a great weekend for us," he said. "Every time you win, you're going into the next game knowing you can win, especially after we beat BU."