Another intense week of AHL action and here are the highlights…
- Curtis McElhinney of the Springfield Falcons was Player of the Week for his back-to-back shutout performance. He now leads the league in both Wins and Shutouts. If he keeps this up he may get included in the eventual goaltending battle with Columbus.
- The Bridgeport Sound Tigers had an excellent week winning all 3 games it played, including convincing victories over Manchester and Norfolk, two of the leagues better teams. This was thanks in large part to the arrival of Brock Nelson, who had 6 points in those 3 games, and a rejuvenated Nino Niederreiter, pitching in with 4 points. Both players now have 13 points on the season.
- The Toronto Marlies also won all 3 of its games last week to get themselves back above .500. Newcomer Leo Komarov had an impressive week, notching 4 points in those 3 games.
- Finally, the Grand Rapids Griffins also won 3 games to extend its winning streak to 5. Once again it was Gustav Nyquist leading the way with 4 points during the week (he now has 15 points total to lead all forwards), while Brendan Smith and Landon Ferraro pitched in 2 goals apiece.
- The Charlotte Checkers are back in first place overall after winning back-to-back games over the Peoria Rivermen. Zach Boychuk had 3 goals during those 2 games, while Drayson Bowman added 1 to regain a share of the goal scoring lead.
- I’ll end this weeks update with a quick comment on Blake Geoffrion. The outcome of the brutal, but clean hit from JP Cote was obviously horrible, but it’s simply amazing that Geoffrion was able to skate off the ice on his own. Hopefully he’ll make a full recovery and just remember to keep his head up in the future.