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Clowe takes honor as week’s best

The American Hockey League announced today that Cleveland Barons left wing Ryane Clowe has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 13, 2005. Clowe recorded six points and a plus-5 rating in two games last week for the Barons.

With Cleveland hosting North Division rival Edmonton for an important two-game series, Clowe tallied a goal and an assist in regulation, then scored the decisive goal in a shootout as the Barons earned a 5-4 victory on Wednesday evening. In Thursday’s rematch, Clowe scored another goal and set up three more to lead the Barons to their fourth straight win, 4-1 over the Road Runners.

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

A second-year pro out of St. John’s, Nfld., Clowe currently leads Cleveland in assists (30), points (44), power-play goals (7) and plus/minus rating (+14) and is the only member of the Barons to skate in all 53 games this season. The 22-year-old Clowe, drafted by San Jose in 2001, notched 40 points in 72 games as a rookie with the Barons in 2003-04.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Binghamton defenseman Anton Volchenkov, Bridgeport right wing Rob Collins, Chicago goaltender Michael Garnett, Cincinnati right wing Pierre Parenteau, Grand Rapids right wing Darryl Bootland, Hamilton forward Tomas Plekanec, Hartford right wing Jeff Hamilton, Hershey goaltender Peter Budaj, Houston defenseman Ray Giroux, Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki, Portland right wing Boyd Gordon, Providence goaltender Hannu Toivonen, Rochester right wing Jason Pominville, San Antonio right wing Brent Cullaton, Springfield goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier, St. John’s center Kyle Wellwood and Syracuse center Brad Moran.