GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Quad City Mallards
forward Mickey Lang has been named the Easton Central Hockey League Player of the Month for January/2013.
Lang, 26, had points in all nine of the games he played in the month of January totaling eight goals and eight assists with a +5 plus/minus rating and a pair of game winning goals. The highlight of the month came on January19 when the Hillsdale, New Jersey native recorded a league-high for the season six points (three goals, three assists) in a 7-1 win over Denver.
The 5-10, 174-pound forward’s strong play earned him his first call-up to the American Hockey League (Rockford) where he played in one game. On the season, Lang is tied for fourth in the CHL with 49 points (23-26=49) and leads the league with four shorthanded goals.
GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Fort Worth goaltender Kristofer Westblom has been named the recipient of the 50/50 Central/CHL Rookie of the Month (January/2013).
Westblom won seven of his eight decisions in the month allowing just 21 goals on 207 shots (.899 save percentage) while carrying a 2.58 goals against average. The former third round draft selection of the Minnesota Wild
(2005) started the month with a 1-0 shutout win over Rapid City and then finished the month on a six-game win streak.
On the season, the Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan native is 14-5-2 with a 2.35 goals against average (second in the CHL) and a .906 save percentage. His three shutouts lead the league and he has been outstanding at home all season long carrying a 10-2-2 mark with a 1.96 goals against average.
Coming into this season, Westblom had played in eight previous professional games (four in Idaho-ECHL and four in Dayton-CHL) which allows him to maintain his rookie status.
GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Wichita’s Torrie Jung has been named the Warrior Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Month for January/2013.
The third year goaltender, first with the Thunder, won six of his seven starts during the month of January allowing a total of 13 goals in his seven starts (1.86 GAA). Jung turned away 152 of 165 shots (.921 save percentage) and earned a shutout thanks to a 21 save performance against Denver on January 26.
The Nanaimo, British Columbia native allowed two goals or fewer in five of his seven appearances in January and he is currently riding a five-game personal win streak. The Thunder are in second place in the Berry Conference with a 26-14-3 record but are just one point behind the conference leading Allen Americans
Jung played with the Laredo Bucks during his first two CHL seasons posting a 31-39-5 record with five shutouts between 2010 and 2012.