Goehring earns nod as goalie of the month


… The American Hockey League announced today that Karl Goehring of the Syracuse Crunch has been named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for March. Goehring was 7-0-1 in eight appearances last month, registering a 1.59 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.

Goehring allowed just 13 goals on 268 shots during March, beginning with a 26-save effort in a 3-1 win over Rochester on Mar. 1. He stopped 38 shots in a 4-2 win at Hamilton on Mar. 2, and 26 of 27 in a shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Mar. 8. Goehring was at his busiest late in month, facing at least 37 shots in each of his last three starts and making a season-high 39 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over first-place Toronto on Mar. 26.

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

Goehring is 9-0-2 in his last 11 decisions and 13-9-2 in 27 total appearances this season with Syracuse, Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, along with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and one shutout. The Crunch’s franchise leader in victories (76) has played 245 career AHL games, posting a record of 102-103-20 and 12 shutouts. A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Goehring played in the AHL All-Star Game in 2003 and was a two-time All-American at the University of North Dakota.

Other nominees for Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Albany’s Michael Leighton, Bridgeport’s Mike Morrison, Chicago’s Ondrej Pavelec, Hartford’s David LeNeveu, Houston’s Barry Brust, Lowell’s Dave Caruso, Manchester’s Daniel Taylor, Manitoba’s Cory Schneider, Milwaukee’s Pekka Rinne, Norfolk’s Marc Denis, Philadelphia’s Martin Houle, Portland’s Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Providence’s Tuukka Rask, Quad City’s Curtis McElhinney, Rochester’s Tyler Plante, Rockford’s Wade Flaherty, San Antonio’s Al Montoya, Toronto’s Scott Clemmensen and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s John Curry.