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Dekanich Named AHL Goalie of the Month for February 2010

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Ads Netminder Named Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month

Milwaukee, WI--The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals goalie Mark Dekanich has been named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February. Dekanich allowed just six goals on 145 shots in six appearances on the month, posting a 5-1-0 record, a 1.07 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and two shutouts.

Dekanich made 22 saves on Feb. 13 as Milwaukee earned a 3-2 victory at Rockford. He then stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over Houston on Feb. 19, and allowed just one goal in 36 minutes of relief work on Feb. 27 as the Admirals rallied for a 7-6 overtime win over Chicago. Dekanich closed out the month with 34 saves - one shy of his season high - in a 4-0 decision at Peoria on Feb. 28, his third shutout in a span of seven starts.

In recognition of his achievement, Dekanich will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.

A second-year pro out of Colgate University, Dekanich has a record of 20-11-3 in 35 appearances for Milwaukee this season, and sports a 2.40 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. As a rookie in 2008-09, Dekanich ranked second in the entire AHL with a 2.09 GAA and fifth with a .923 save percentage while going 15-10-2 in 30 contests. The 23-year-old native of North Vancouver, B.C., was a fifth-round draft choice by Nashville in 2006.

Dekanich and the Admirals are back in action on Friday, March 5 when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at the Bradley Center.
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