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Leighton Named Rbk/AHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Three Wins, Two Shutouts For River Rats Goaltender

ALBANY, NY – The Albany River Rats announced today that goaltender Michael Leighton has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending on October 28, 2007.

Leighton, 26, completed Week 4 with a 3-0-0 record, a 0.67 goals against average and 0.977 save percentage. He started the week with 30 saves on 32 shots in a 3-2 win over Syracuse on Wednesday, October 24. Friday, October 26, Leighton stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season, a 1-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Wachovia Arena. Sunday, October 28, Leighton made it back-to-back shutouts by turning aside 30 shots in a 2-0 win over the Hershey Bears at the GIANT Center. During the Hershey game, Leighton set an Albany franchise record for the longest shutout streak (157:23), passing Ari Ahonen’s streak of 148:13 set in the spring of 2005.

The Petrolia, Ontario native helped Albany improve to 5-2-0-1 on the season (11 points), good for second place in the East Division. For the year Leighton is 4-2-0-1 in seven starts; he ranks second in the AHL with a 0.948 save percentage and fifth in the league with a 1.56 goals against average.  Leighton now has 24 shutouts in his AHL career, putting him in a four-way tie for 8th place on the AHL’s All-Time Shutouts list.

This is the first AHL weekly award received by a River Rats player since Aleksander Suglobov was named AHL Player of the Week on December 12, 2004. In recognition of his achievement, Leighton will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming River Rats home game.
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