The SHL selected Washington Galaxy G Ron Mason as its Player of the Week. The 33-year-old backup appeared twice this week, and both times he turned in a splendid performance. On Sunday, Mason stopped 27 shots as the Galaxy stuffed Seattle, 7-1. Then on Tuesday, Mason blocked all 33 shots he faced as Washington notched a 1-0 win over Anchorage. Mason’s play was a key part of the Galaxy’s undefeated week, which helped them take over first place in the East.
For the season, Mason has been excellent, going 9-4-0 with a 2.68 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The only backup in the league with better numbers is Hamilton’s Dennis Wampler. Washington’s goaltending tandem is tied for the league’s second-best save percentage and is third in goals-against average, trailing only Michigan and Anchorage.
“People tend to ignore backup goalies,” said Galaxy coach Rodney Reagle. “But having two quality netminders is great for a team. If your main guy gets hurt or needs a breather, you know you won’t miss a beat between the pipes. Ron’s a cagey vet, and he knows all the angles. He never gets caught out of position and he doesn’t let in cheapies.”