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Norfolk’s Crawford named top AHL goalie for October

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Corey Crawford of the Norfolk Admirals has been named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October.

Crawford was a perfect 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in four appearances to start the 2006-07 season, helping Norfolk to its longest winning streak in nearly five years.

Crawford began his second pro season by making 26 saves in Norfolk’s 6-3 win over Springfield on Oct. 13. He then posted his second career shutout on Oct. 21, stopping 22 shots in a 4-0 win over East Division foe Philadelphia. Crawford finished off the month with back-to-back victories over Hartford, making 21 saves on Oct. 27 and 31 more on Oct. 28 in a pair of 3-1 decisions.

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

A second-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003, Crawford was 22-23-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage in 48 games as a rookie for Norfolk last season. The 21-year-old native of Montreal also appeared in his first two NHL games for Chicago, debuting on Jan. 22, 2006, vs. Minnesota.

Other nominees for the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month award include Kelly Guard of Binghamton, Michael Mole of Bridgeport, Michael Garnett of Chicago, Jimmy Howard of Grand Rapids, Frederic Cassivi of Hershey, Josh Harding of Houston, Dan Ellis of Iowa, Jason LaBarbera of Manchester, Curtis McElhinney of Omaha, Marek Schwarz of Peoria, Brian Finley of Providence, Craig Anderson of Rochester, Philippe Sauve of San Antonio, Tomas Popperle of Syracuse, Andrew Penner of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Nolan Schaefer of Worcester.