Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Port Huron signs Lessnau, Ruden

While many of the Port Huron Flags’ roster additions have been of Canadian descent, head coach Stan Drulia has signed two Michigan players for the upcoming season.

Forward Ryan Lessnau (Southfield) played the last four years with Bentley College and goaltender Noah Ruden (Bloomfield Hills) just graduated from Michigan.

In his college career, Lessnau played 110 games and recorded 65 points. At 5-feet-8, 190 pounds, Drulia refers to Lessnau as "a hard-nosed kid."

"He comes highly recommended because of his ability to compete every night and his willingness to battle," Drulia added. "He is a pit bull and plays with passion.”

Lessnau was a tri-captain on the Compuware Ambassadors' 2002 NAHL championship club. The other two, defenseman Andy Greene (Trenton, Miami, New Jersey Devils) and forward Danny Knapp (Rochester, Ohio State, ECHL's Dayton Bombers), are Michigan natives who signed pro deals this summer after four-year college careers.

Ruden (pictured above), 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, recorded 656 saves in 33 games.

"Noah had a solid senior season in Michigan," said Drulia. "He will create a nice, competitive balance in the goal for us. At this level, you need two goalies that can seal games during the season. We feel very fortunate to have both (Dustin) Traylen and Ruden signed and ready to go."

Ruden went 10-9-1 last year with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 23 games.


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