Posted Online: March 26, 2013, 12:24 am

Mallards' Lang CHL MVP runner-up

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Mickey Lang, Quad City Mallards
Mickey Lang just missed succeeding former teammate Brandon Marino as the Central Hockey League's MVP.

The Quad City Mallards second-year standout settled for runner-up honors in the leaguewide voting announced Monday.

Lang earned 16 votes from CHL coaches, media and communication's departments.

Missouri's Sebastien Thinel, who won a record-setting third CHL scoring title this season, claimed the award by being named on 22 of the 44 ballots cast.

Lang led the Double-A circuit in shorthanded (6), game-winning (11) and power play goals (13), finishing second in total goals (41), same as Marino last season. The 26-year-old Nevada native also ranked fourth in points (83), sixth in plus/minus rating (+20) and seventh in assists (42).

Named to the All-CHL team last week, Lang also earned the league's Player of the Month (January), Player of the Week (Jan. 20) and Third Star of the Month (February) honors this season.

Lang finished the regular-season with a flourish, too, scoring 13 goals in the last 12 games to lead the Mallards from ninth in the standings to the No. 6 spot in this weekend's first round of the playoffs.

QC posted a CHL-best 11-2 record in March, and rides a five-game winning streak into Thursday's postseason opener at Fort Worth.