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Crawford Named AHL Goalie of the Month

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League announced today that Corey Crawford of the Norfolk Admirals has been named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October.

Crawford was a perfect 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in four appearances to start the 2006-07 season, helping Norfolk to its longest winning streak in nearly five years.

Crawford began his second pro season by making 26 saves in Norfolk's 6-3 win over Springfield on Oct. 13. He then posted his second career shutout on Oct. 21, stopping 22 shots in a 4-0 win over East Division foe Philadelphia. Crawford finished off the month with back-to-back victories over Hartford, making 21 saves on Oct. 27 and 31 more on Oct. 28 in a pair of 3-1 decisions.

Crawford has only allowed one even-strength goal all season. He also compiled 132 minutes and 41 seconds of shutout hockey over a three-game stretch from October 13 vs. Springfield to October 27 vs. Hartford.

Crawford becomes the third Norfolk Admiral to be recognized as the league's goalie of the month award, as Jeff Maund won the award in March 2001 and Michael Leighton won it in October 2001.

In recognition of his achievement, Crawford will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.

Norfolk faces their East Division rivals the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL Affiliate of the New York Islanders) tonight at Scope at 7:15 p.m.

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