Rules Enforcement Helps Lynx’s Lang Get Fast Start

By Steve Sanders
Staff Writer
© 2006 The Augusta Chronicle

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta Lynx forward Ryan Lang doesn’t ever expect to be the biggest guy on the ice. He’s fine with that, especially these days.

At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Lang is having a great start to his third professional season, thanks in large part to new rules enforcement that favors smaller, quicker players.

“The big, sluggish guys – it’s tough for them now,” Lang said. “The game is about speed and finding ice, which has only elevated the play for guys like myself and my linemates.”

The second-year captain of the Lynx, Lang has emerged not only as one of the team’s hardest workers, but as one of the league’s top offensive threats as well.

He leads Augusta in goals (10) and points (21). He is tied for 13th in the ECHL in scoring despite missing three games last week.

Lang will get the chance to add to those numbers Thursday when the Lynx play host to the Pensacola Ice Pilots at James Brown Arena.

“He’s on fire right now,” former Lynx teammate and Pensacola forward Dan Sullivan said.

“It’s been a great start, but it’s still early,” Lang said. “There’s a lot of time left, so I really just want to focus on continuing it for every game.”

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