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Albany netminder Leighton cops weekly American Hockey League honours

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Albany River Rats goaltender Michael Leighton took home American Hockey League player of the week honours Monday after posting three wins in as many games.

Leighton stopped 84 of 86 shots over three starts last week, going 3-0-0 with two shutouts as Albany climbed the standings in the AHL's East Division.

Leighton ended a personal three-game winless streak Wednesday, stopping 30 of 32 shots in the River Rats' 3-2 win over Syracuse. He made 24 saves Friday as Albany defeated host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 1-0. Two nights later, he posted a 30-save effort in the River Rats' 2-0 win at Hershey.

Leighton's numbers for the week included a 0.67 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage, and his current shutout streak of 157 minutes, 23 seconds is the longest ever by a River Rats goaltender.

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