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Leggio named top goalie for March

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that David Leggio of the Rochester Americans has been selected as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for March.

Leggio went 9-4-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average, a .946 save percentage and two shutouts, allowing two goals or fewer in 11 of his 13 appearances during the month.

Leggio began March by snapping a personal four-game losing streak with a 35-save outing in a 2-1 overtime win at Syracuse on Mar. 2. He made 38 stops in defeating Lake Erie, 4-2, on Mar. 3, and his 44 saves in a 5-0 win over Abbotsford on Mar. 8 were the most in a shutout by any AHL goaltender this season. Leggio won his fifth straight game in a 3-1 decision over Binghamton on Mar. 13, and made at least 36 saves in four consecutive starts from Mar. 22-29, including a 38-save shutout of Syracuse on Mar. 27.

Leggio, who has appeared in 36 of Rochester’s 40 games since Christmas, leads the AHL in wins (35), minutes played (3,433), shots faced (1,910) and saves (1,765) while posting a record of 35-21-1 with a 2.53 GAA, a .924 save percentage (fifth in the AHL) and four shutouts. The fifth-year pro from Buffalo, N.Y., is 85-59-3 with nine shutouts in 149 career AHL appearances. He signed as a free agent with his hometown Sabres on Nov. 12, 2010.

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

Also see: Past winners, AHL Goaltender of the Month