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Montoya named AHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
On Tuesday, Rangers prospect Al Montoya became the first Hartford Wolf Pack player to be named an American Hockey League Player of the Week in 2006-07.

The AHL announced that Montoya, a goaltender chosen by the Rangers with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday.

In three road games last week, Montoya went 3-0-0 with two shutouts to help the Wolf Pack keep pace in the tight Atlantic Division.

Montoya stopped all 20 shots he faced in a 2-0 win at Worcester on Dec. 26 for his first shutout of the year. After another 20-save performance in a 3-2 win at Bridgeport on Friday, Montoya earned another shutout by making 28 stops in a 2-0 win at Portland on Sunday. Montoya stopped 68 of 70 shots on the week, good for a 0.67 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage.

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

Montoya, who has won his past four starts, is now 6-9-0 on the season. He ranks seventh in the league with a 2.48 goals-against average and also sports a .910 save percentage.

As a rookie in 2005-06, Montoya went 23-9-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage for Hartford and also played in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.
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