Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kangas named WCHA Rookie of the Week

With two solid performances in Minnesota’s three-point weekend at Minnesota Duluth, freshman goaltender Alex Kangas has been selected the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week.

Kangas allowed one goal in each game as the Gophers posted a 1-1 tie and 2-1 victory. The Rochester, Minn. native had 18 saves in the tie on Friday and stopped 25 shots in Saturday’s victory. Kangas has played five straight games and started both games of a weekend series for the first time in his career.

For the season, Kangas ranks second among all NCAA Division I freshman goaltenders with a 2.25 goals against average and third among rookie netminders with a .920 save percentage. He is undefeated in road starts with a 2-0-3 record.

Note: With a two-game series at Wisconsin this weekend, Kangas' road unbeaten mark will be put to test.