SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Barry Brust of the Houston Aeros has been named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for April. Brust stopped 110 of 116 shots in five appearances, posting a 1.22 goals-against average and .948 save percentage to help Houston secure a berth in the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Brust began the week with a 25-save shutout on Apr. 2, backstopping the Aeros to a 2-0 win over Lake Erie, then made 29 saves in a 4-1 win over Grand Rapids on Apr. 4. Brust stopped 22 shots in a 2-1 loss to Milwaukee and 19 shots in a 1-0 setback at Quad City before finishing the regular season with 15 saves in a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee on Apr. 12.
Originally a third-round draft choice by the Minnesota Wild in 2002, the 24-year-old native of Swan River, Man., was 24-16-3 in 43 appearances for Houston in 2007-08, ranking sixth in the AHL with a 2.27 goals-against average and seventh with a .919 save percentage along with four shutouts. Brust and teammate Nolan Schaefer shared the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Award as the Aeros allowed the fewest goals in the league during the regular season.
Other nominees for Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Albany’s Justin Peters, Chicago’s Ondrej Pavelec, Grand Rapids’ Adam Berkhoel, Hamilton’s Cedrick Desjardins, Hartford’s David LeNeveu, Lowell’s Frank Doyle, Manchester’s Jonathan Quick, Manitoba’s Cory Schneider, Milwaukee’s Pekka Rinne, Peoria’s Hannu Toivonen, Philadelphia’s Michael Teslak, Portland’s Mike McKenna, Providence’s Adam Courchaine, Quad City’s Matt Keetley, Rochester’s Tyler Plante, Rockford’s Corey Crawford and San Antonio’s Al Montoya.