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Hutton earns weekly honor again

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Rockford IceHogs goaltender Carter Hutton has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 4, 2012.

In three games last week, Hutton went 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage, allowing only four goals on 107 shots as the IceHogs continued their pursuit of a postseason berth in the Western Conference.

Hutton began the week by making 35 saves in Rockford’s 3-2 seven-round shootout loss to Abbotsford on Feb. 29. Facing a pair of critical road tests over the weekend, Hutton then stopped 44 of 45 shots in a big 3-1 victory at Milwaukee on Mar. 2, and registered 24 saves as the IceHogs rallied for a 2-1 win in Peoria on Mar. 3.

A second-year pro, Hutton has played 29 games for Rockford this season, posting a 15-8-3 record with a 2.50 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts. The native of Thunder Bay, Ont., made his pro debut with Adirondack (AHL) after completing his senior season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009-10, and spent his rookie campaign with Worcester last year. Hutton, who shows a career mark of 27-17-6 with four shutouts in 55 AHL appearances, signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 23, 2012.

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

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week