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Penguins Sign Goaltender Alexander Pechurskiy to PTO

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed goaltender Alexander Pechurskiy (peh-CHUR-skee) to a professional tryout contract, it was announced on Tuesday.

Pechurskiy, 20, appeared in 21 games with the Mississippi River Kings (CHL), fashioning a 10-8-0 record, a 2.74 goals-against average and save percentage of .898.  He also posted a record of 2-0-1 record in three appearances with the Tri-City Americans (WHL).

The 6-0, 190-lb. native of Magnitogorsk, Russia made his NHL debut on January 16, 2010, making 12 saves on 13 shots and earning the game’s number three star against the Vancouver Canucks.  With that appearance, Pechurskiy became the first Russian-born goaltender to suit up for Pittsburgh.

Pechurskiy spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with Tri-City, posting a 13-10-1 record, 2.61 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.  He won a silver medal for Team Russia in the 2008 World Under-18 Championships, and appeared in three games as Russia won the gold in 2007.

Pechurskiy was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (150th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender Patrick Killeen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Killeen, 20, made his AHL debut in relief on January 23 in the Penguins’ loss to the Charlotte Checkers.

The 6-4, 204-lb. native of Carp, Ontario has had the majority of the goaltending duties in West Virginia, appearing in 27 games with the Nailers to date.  He has a record of 16-8-0, a 2.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .907.  His 16 wins rank second overall in the ECHL.  He will be available to participate in the ECHL All-Star Classic in Bakersfield, CA tomorrow.

Killeen was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (180th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
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