Aeros’ Fallon named week’s best

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Houston Aeros goaltender Joe Fallon has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 18, 2012.

Fallon made four starts during a critical week for Houston and led the team to its first four-game winning streak of the season, allowing just five goals on 125 shots (4-0-0, 1.20, .960) and helping to keep the Aeros above the fray in the wild Western Conference playoff race.

Fallon began the week with a 26-save effort to lead Houston to a 4-1 win over Abbotsford on Tuesday night. He made 26 more stops in a 4-3 victory over Rockford on Friday before putting forth a perfect performance in a rematch with the Heat on Saturday, stopping all 32 shots through regulation and overtime and denying all six shootout attempts to give Houston a 1-0 win. Making his third start in as many days on Sunday, Fallon closed out the weekend with 36 saves and a 5-for-7 shootout effort as the Aeros downed conference-leading Oklahoma City, 2-1.

Fallon has a record of 5-1-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in eight appearances since joining Houston on Mar. 3. The fourth-year pro from Bemidji, Minn., was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005 and has a career record of 27-24-1 with three shutouts in 63 AHL appearances over four professional seasons.

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

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week