Rangers Prospect Milan Hnilicka Named ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month
/ New York Rangers
The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender Milan Hnilicka has been named the ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month for March.
Hnilicka bettered an excellent February with an outstanding effort in March, including one of the longest shutout streaks in AHL history. In seven games during the month, Hnilicka posted a 5-1-0 record, along with a 1.07 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage, including two complete-game shutouts and a share of a third.
In recognition of Hnilicka’s accomplishment, ITECH will donate a professional-level goalie mask to the Connecticut Clippers Girls Youth Hockey Organization.
The highlight of the month was Hnilicka’s pursuit of Hall of Famer Johnny Bower’s 42-year-old league record for longest shutout streak. Hnilicka kept Wolf Pack opponents off the scoreboard for the equivalent of more than four full games, finally allowing a goal on March 29 after 242:23, less than eight minutes shy of the record.
The 26-year-old native of Kladno, Czech Republic, has registered a 21-10-0 record, along with a 2.19 GAA (third in the AHL), a .928 save percentage (second in the AHL), and four shutouts (tied for fourth in the AHL). He has won each of his last five decisions, allowing a total of three goals.