Finley earns AHL weekly honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Brian Finley has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 27, 2005. In three games, Finley stopped 96 of 97 shots, going 3-0-0 with two shutouts as the Admirals continued to climb the West Division standings.

On Wednesday night, Finley made 29 saves as Milwaukee posted a 3-1 road win over San Antonio. On Saturday, the Admirals returned to the SBC Center and Finley turned aside 28 shots as Milwaukee beat the Rampage, 4-0. And Sunday, the Admirals completed their Texas road trip with a 3-0 win in Houston, as Finley recorded 39 saves for his second consecutive shutout. He finished the week with a 0.33 goals-against average and a .990 save percentage to go with his three victories.

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

For the season, Finley, who missed a month with an ankle injury earlier this season, is now 4-0-0 with a 1.54 GAA, a .950 save percentage and three shutouts for Milwaukee, which has won 11 of its last 13 games. Nashville’s first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., owns a record of 70-48-10 with 14 shutouts in 135 career AHL appearances. Finley was a member of the Admirals’ 2004 Calder Cup championship team.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany left wing Ilkka Pikkarainen, Binghamton defenseman Filip Novak, Bridgeport defenseman Allan Rourke, Chicago left wing Ramzi Abid, Cleveland left wing Ryane Clowe, Grand Rapids center Donald MacLean, Hartford goaltender Robert Gherson, Hershey center Dave Steckel, Houston goaltender Josh Harding, Iowa goaltender Mike Smith, Lowell center Keith Aucoin, Manitoba right wing Jesse Schultz, Norfolk goaltender Adam Munro, Omaha defenseman Mark Giordano, Peoria right wing Mike Glumac, Philadelphia center Brent Kelly, Portland right wing Corey Perry, Providence center Ben Guite, Rochester defenseman Nathan Paetsch, Syracuse center Geoff Platt and Toronto defenseman Ian White.