BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Jan. 9, 2012) - The American Hockey League announced today that Bridgeport Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 8, 2012.
went 4-0-0 and stopped 98 of 100 shots for a 0.48 goals-against average
and a .980 save percentage, registering three consecutive shutouts and
making a run at a 54-year-old AHL record.
entered the week having lost six of his previous seven decisions, but
made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over
Worcester on Jan. 2. He stopped 24 shots on Jan. 4 in a 4-0 victory at
Manchester on Jan. 4, and posted his third consecutive whitewash with
31 saves in a 4-0 win at Portland on Jan. 7. Poulin made 22 saves in a
3-2 shootout win in Providence on Jan. 8 but finally saw his shutout
streak end at 221 minutes and 54 seconds – 27:57 shy of the all-time
AHL record set by Hockey Hall of Famer Johnny Bower with the Cleveland
Barons in 1957.
the strength of his week, Poulin lowered his goals-against average for
the season by half a goal (3.27 to 2.77) and added 14 points to his
save percentage (.891 to .905).
fifth-round draft pick by the New York Islanders in 2008, the
21-year-old Poulin has a record of 11-12-0 in 23 games for Bridgeport
this season, and also made one start for the Islanders. The second-year
pro and Montreal native split his rookie campaign between Bridgeport
and Long Island also, going 10-5-0 with a 2.19 GAA and a .932 save
percentage in 15 AHL contests and posting a 4-2-1 mark (2.44, .924) in
10 games with the Islanders in 2010-11.
recognition of his achievement, Poulin will be presented with an etched
crystal award prior to an upcoming Sound Tigers home game.
Sound Tigers visit Manchester to take on the Monarchs this Friday, Jan.
13 before returning home for a two-game homestand this weekend. The
Sound Tigers host their annual Pink Rink Night on Saturday, Jan. 14
when they welcome the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m., and close out the
weekend on Sunday afternoon when they host the reigning Calder Cup
Champion Binghamton Senators at 3:00 p.m.
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