Syracuse Crunch goaltender Riku Helenius is this week’s Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Performer Of The Week, for the period ending February 17.
Helenius backstopped the Crunch to three wins this week, including two shutouts.
On Wednesday against the Albany Devils, Helenius pitched his third shutout of the season in a 6-0 win, as he stopped all 24 shots he faced.
Two nights later, on Friday against the Binghamton Senators, Helenius made 33 saves in the Crunch’s 7-1 route of the opposition, as Syracuse improved their goal differential over its past two games to a plus-12. The only goal allowed by Helenius in the contest was a power-play tally from Binghamton’s Shane Prince with 3:42 to play in the second period.
Helenius kept on rolling through the weekend, including Sunday in a 3-0 shutout of the Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, his fourth whitewash of the season and second in three games.
Over the three games this past week, Helenius stopped 80 of 81 shots faced for an impressive save percentage of .987.
A fifth-year pro out of the Finland, Helenius has appeared in 20 games for the Crunch this season, with a 2.78 goals-against average, a .891 save percentage, and an 11-8-0 record.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
-Brett Connolly has registered at least a point in eight consecutive games for the Crunch, recording a total of 10 points in that span
-Friday’s game marked the sixth time that the Crunch had scored six or more goals in a single game this season
-Syracuse has a three-game win streak, outscoring opponents 16-1 in those games including two shutouts.
-For the first time this season, Syracuse has four games in one week this week: one on the road followed by three at home.
-Syracuse's power play is up to ninth in the AHL at 19.4 percent while the penalty kill has risen to 13th at 84.1 percent. Three shorthanded goals in Week 19 give Syracuse nine for the season, third most in the AHL, allowing the fewest with three.