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McElhinney named goalie of the month in AHL

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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The American Hockey League announced that Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights’ goaltender Curtis McElhinney has been named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for April.

 It is one in a long string of awards for McElhinney this season.

 He has twice been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week and was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team.

In seven starts to close out the 2006-07 regular season, McElhinney was 6-1-0 with a 1.26 goals-against average, a .940 save percentage and one shutout, helping the Knights claim the best record in the Western Conference one year after missing the Calder Cup Playoffs.

McElhinney stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 2-1 victory at Iowa on Apr. 3 and then pitched a 1-0 shutout vs. San Antonio on Apr. 6. He suffered his only loss of the month on Apr. 7, a 1-0 overtime decision to Houston, then closed out the season with three more victories, including a 24-save performance on Apr. 15 to lead Omaha to a 4-2 win at Chicago and the West Division championship.

In recognition of his achievement, McElhinney will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Ak-Sar-Ben Knights home game.

The highlight of McElhinney’s month may have come on Apr. 5, when he was named a Second Team AHL All-Star for the 2006-07 season.

The 23-year-old native of London, Ont., finished his second pro season with a record of 35-17-1. He ranked third in the league in wins, second with a 2.13 goals-against average, fourth in minutes played (3,181) and tied for first with seven shutouts.

The Knights begin their first round playoff series with the Iowa Stars on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st at the Civic Auditorium. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. 

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