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Goehring shines, earns AHL’s weekly honor

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch goaltender Karl Goehring has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 2, 2008. Goehring stopped 131 of 136 shots in four starts, good for a 3-0-1 record, a 1.21 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage.

Goehring began his week by stopping 35 of 36 shots and seven of nine shootout attempts in a 2-1 setback at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night. He made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory at Toronto on Friday and turned aside 26 of 27 shots in Syracuse’s 3-1 win over Rochester on Saturday. Goehring capped a busy week with his fourth start in five days and made a season-high 38 saves as the Crunch earned a 4-2 decision at Hamilton on Sunday afternoon.

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

Goehring is now 8-9-1 in 21 appearances this season for Syracuse, Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with a 2.59 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and one shutout. The Crunch’s franchise leader in victories (71) has played 239 career AHL games, posting a record of 97-103-19 and 12 shutouts. The native of Apple Valley, Minn., played in the AHL All-Star Game in 2003 and was a two-time All-American at the University of North Dakota.

Other nominees for Rbk/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Marc Cavosie, Bridgeport forward Tim Jackman, Chicago right wing Jesse Schultz, Grand Rapids right wing Carl Corazzini, Hamilton center Kyle Chipchura, Hartford defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, Hershey center Alexandre Giroux, Houston goaltender Barry Brust, Lake Erie center T.J. Hensick, Lowell right wing Benoit Mondou, Manitoba left wing Jason Jaffray, Milwaukee center Rich Peverley, Peoria center Trent Whitfield, Philadelphia center Ryan Potulny, Portland right wing Bobby Ryan, Providence right wing Martins Karsums, Quad City goaltender Curtis McElhinney, Rochester left wing Marc-Andre Gragnani, Rockford right wing Derek Nesbitt, San Antonio forward Mike Zigomanis, Toronto right wing Brent Aubin, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Tim Brent and Worcester center Mike Iggulden.

Also see: Previous winners, Rbk/AHL Player of the Week