SHL Player of the Week – Week 5

Roger Orion
Roger Orion

Washington SmallThe SHL named Washington Galaxy G Roger Orion as its Player of the Week.  Orion had a strong week in net, posting a 4-0-0 record with a a 1.75 GAA and a .940 save percentage.  Orion has now won 5 starts in a row, which has allowed the Galaxy to establish a clear lead atop the highly competitive East, building a 5-point advantage.

On Saturday, Orion made 40 saves as Washington turned back a challenge from second-place New York.  The next night, he held Hamilton to a lone goal in a 2-1 victory.  Then on Tuesday, he turned aside 22 shots as the Galaxy shellacked Seattle by a 6-1 margin.

“I’m an old goalie myself, and I can tell the guys who have the knack and the ones who don’t,” said Galaxy coach Rodney Reagle.  “It’s a tricky balance.  You’ve got to be mentally tough, because the pressure really ratchets up in key moments and even little mistakes can lead to disaster.  And you’ve got to be a little nuts, because you’re signing up for a position where guys are firing a hard rubber biscuit at you for 60 minutes.  Fortunately, Roger’s got the right makeup.  He’s tough and just crazy enough to succeed.”

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