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Lange Gives Strong Effort in RPI's Win

Schenectady Daily Gazette, October 20, 2007

WEST POINT — Junior Mathias Lange was solid in goal Friday night, turning aside 39 shots and leading the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Army at Tate Rink.

Lange, who was a unanimous choice for the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team two years ago, struggled last season with a 3.54 goals against average and an .876 save percentage. But RPI coach Seth Appert called Lange's performance against the Black Knights the best from the goalie since he became coach last year.

"He was outstanding," Appert said. "He was locked in from the drop of the puck. He made some really strong saves. A lot of their shots were from the outside, with guys driving the net. Army plays hard, and they attack the net hard. He had traffic, and deflections off shin guards. His mental focus was extremely impressive in terms of finding pucks through traffic and finding deflection and winning puck battles in his crease."

The Engineers (2-2) took a 1-0 lead on Andrei Uryadov's goal 2:41 into the game. The Knights (0-3) tied it on Luke Flicek's power-play goal midway through the first.

Matt Angers-Goulet broke the tie late in the second period, putting a shot between goalie John Kassel's pads.

Paul Kerins, who was making his season debut, scored RPI's final goal with 2:39 left in the game. Kerins was suspended for the season opener against Bentley because of violating team rules. He missed last week's games in the Icebreaker tournament because of injury.

RPI forward Andrew Lord injured his shoulder during the second period and did not return. Appert said the injury doesn't seem serious, but will most likely keep Lord out of tonight's game against Sacred Heart at Houston Field House.