Bruins’ Thomas wins monthly award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Tim Thomas of the Providence Bruins has been named the Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December. Thomas posted a record of 10-4-0 in 14 games during the month, with a 1.68 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage to lead the surging Bruins in the Atlantic Division.

Thomas was a workhouse throughout the month, playing all but 83 minutes of Providence’s 15 games in December. He allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts, and snapped a personal four-game losing streak with a shutout of Lowell on Dec. 4. Thomas’s two biggest efforts came against the Hartford Wolf Pack, making 34 saves and stopping five of six shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory on Dec. 16, and turning aside 49 shots to preserve a 3-1 win on Dec. 31.

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

A native of Flint, Mich., Thomas has improved his record to 13-10-0 on the season, ranking third in the league with a 2.12 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He has played 116 career AHL games, posting a mark of 57-46-11 with 11 shutouts.

Other nominees for Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Kelly Guard of Binghamton, Wade Dubielewicz of Bridgeport, Nolan Schaefer of Cleveland, Jimmy Howard of Grand Rapids, Robert Gherson of Hartford, Josh Harding of Houston, Dan Ellis of Iowa, Corey Crawford of Norfolk, Martin Houle of Philadelphia, Dieter Kochan of Portland, David LeNeveu of San Antonio, Andrew Penner of Syracuse, Jean-Sebastien Aubin of Toronto and Dany Sabourin of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.