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Angers-Goulet Burns Bulldogs

By Phil Janack

Schenectady Daily Gazette, February 11, 2006

TROY - Its senior co-captain was back in the lineup, but it was a pair of freshmen who made the biggest impact for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men’s hockey team Friday night.

Matt Angers-Goulet scored twice, and goalie Mathias Lange stopped 28 shots as the Engineers edged Yale, 2-1, at Houston Field House.

Twenty-five of Lange’s saves came in the final 40 minutes for RPI, which snapped a five-game winless streak and improved to 6-7-4 in the ECACHL and 12-14-4 overall.

Angers-Goulet, who had two goals in 26 games this season, struck twice on the power play as the Engineers avenged a 5-0 loss at Yale on Jan. 21.

"It was a big game, and I was happy to score those goals," Angers-Goulet said. "It was a great game. The whole team played hard, and I was the lucky guy, I guess, to score two goals."

With defenseman Brad Farynuk back from a foot injury, RPI coach Dan Fridgen juggled his power play units, putting Andrew Lord with Angers-Goulet and Chris Hussey up front, and Scott Romfo and Jake Luthi at the point.

They converted their first opportunity 6:24 into the game. Lord’s centering pass from the right corner deflected right to Angers-Goulet, whose shot deflected off a Yale defenseman and trickled into the net.

Hussey made a nifty play to set up Angers-Goulet 2:20 into the second period for a 2-0 RPI lead. Hussey gathered the puck in the left corner, stickhandled all the way to the blue line and back into the slot before sending a cross-ice pass to the left post, where Angers-Goulet knocked it past Bulldogs goalie Alec Richards.

"Matt is a great player," Lange said. "That line is just clicking, as far as on the power play. I can’t even stop them in practice, so they’re pretty good."

Held to just three shots in the first period, Yale came out firing in the second. The Bulldogs outshot RPI, 15-8, but failed to beat Lange until 2:29 remained in the thi rd, wh en Jea n-Fra ncois Boucher’s wrister snuck under his left arm.

"We continue to put pressure on ourselves by not continuing to do the little things, and we have to get better at that," Fridgen said. "Overall, I think it was a good team effort. Matthew’s the type of kid who’s been real close so many times, and it was nice to see him take advantage tonight."


RPI hosts Brown tonight in the annual Big Red Freakout. The Engineers beat the Bears, 3-1, in Providence on Jan. 20. . . . RPI is 17-7-4 in Freakout history, going 11-0-4 since a 5-4 loss to St. Lawrence Jan. 27, 1990. . . . Farynuk returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a broken bone in his foot. He was credited with four shots on goal . . . Forwards Tyler Eaves and Kevin Broad remain out.