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Montoya named AHL`s Goalie of the Month

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers goaltending prospect Al Montoya has been named the American Hockey League's Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February.

Montoya, the Rangers' top pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, garnered a 5-2-0 record with a 1.37 goals-against average, a .946 save percentage and one shutout on the month, allowing two goals or fewer in each of his seven starts for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

After opening the month with a 2-1 loss to the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears, Montoya won his next five decisions, beginning with a 3-0 win over Worcester on Feb. 16, his third shutout of the year. He stopped 31 shots in a 3-2 win over Providence on Feb. 17, then made 20 saves in a 6-1 win at Lowell on Feb. 23 and 22 more saves in a 5-1 win at Bridgeport on Feb. 25.

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

Montoya, who turned 22 on Feb. 13, remains one of the hottest goaltenders in the AHL, going 14-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage since Dec. 22.

For the season, the native of Glenview, Ill., ranks fifth in the league in GAA (2.18) and owns a 16-12-0 record with a .919 save percentage in 31 appearances. Last season, Montoya had a record of 23-9-1 as a rookie for Hartford in 2005-06 and played in the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.
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