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Halak named AHL goaltender of the month

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Jaroslav Halak leads the AHL in goals against average (1.29), save percentage (.957) and shutouts (4)


SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League announced today that Jaroslav Halak of the Hamilton Bulldogs has been named the Rbk X-Pulse / AHL Goaltender of the Month for November.

The native of Bratislava, Slovakia, posted a record of 7-1-0 with a league-best 0.82 goals against average, a .972 save percentage, four shutouts, and allowed just six goals on 214 shots in November. Halak's efforts helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2-0-1 record, moving them into second place in the North Division standings.

Halak picked up his first win and shutout of the season by making 27 saves in Hamilton's 1-0 win over Albany on Nov.1. After stopping 42 of 43 shots in a 2-1 win at Toronto on Nov. 11, he turned in a 20-save performance to shut out Omaha 5-0 on Nov. 14. Halak then blanked league-leading Rochester on Nov. 25 and finished the month by stopping all 32 Milwaukee shots on Nov. 28.

With his shutout on Nov. 28, Halak tied former 'Dogs goaltender Steve Passmore for the franchise lead by recording his seventh career shutout in the 'Dogs 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. Halak achieved the milestone in only his 23rd career game, good enough for an average of one shutout every 3.29 starts, and in 78 less games then it took Passmore to reach the seven-shutout mark.

Halak was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 9th round, 271st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound netminder currently leads the AHL in goals against average (1.29), save percentage (.957) and shutouts (4).

The last Hamilton goaltender to receive the award was Marc Lamothe in November of 2001. In seven appearances, Lamothe was a perfect 7-0-0, allowing just eight goals for a 1.17 goals against average and a .956 save percentage, helping the Bulldogs take over first place in the Canadian Division on the strength of an 11-1-1 month.

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