Falcons' McElhinney earns weekly honor
The American Hockey League announced today that Springfield Falcons goaltender Curtis McElhinney has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 11, 2012.
McElhinney was perfect in two starts last week, stopping all 55 shots he faced for his third and fourth shutouts of the season and helping the Falcons lay claim the best record in the AHL.
On Friday night vs. Connecticut, McElhinney made 20 saves as Springfield recorded a 2-0 victory over the Whale, and on Sunday he turned aside 35 shots to backstop the Falcons to a 5-0 win over Norfolk. Springfield, now a league-best 8-1-0-2 (.818) on the season, has recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time since posting three in a row from Jan. 21-26, 1996, and McElhinney’s four shutouts are already just one off the single-season team record of five, set by Manny Legace in 1995-96.