SHL Player of the Week – Week 8

Ron Mason

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.”

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