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Pens’ Curry selected as AHL Rookie of the Month

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender John Curry has been named the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for December. Curry was 4-1-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage and one shutout in six starts for the Penguins last month.

Curry stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at Worcester on Dec. 14, then won his final four decisions of the month, beginning with a 37-save effort in a road victory over Albany on Dec. 15. Curry earned a 2-1 win over Manchester on Dec. 21 and picked up his first professional shutout with 20 saves in a 4-0 decision over Syracuse on Dec. 26.

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

Curry, 23, is in his first season out of Boston University, where he was the Hockey East Player of the Year, a First Team All-American and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as a senior in 2006-07. The native of Shorewood, Minn., is 5-3-1 in nine games for the Penguins this season, with a 1.87 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and one shutout.

Other nominees for Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month include Albany center Bobby Hughes, Binghamton center Ilya Zubov, Chicago center Bryan Little, Lowell center Benoit Mondou, Manchester right wing Teddy Purcell, Manitoba right wing Michael Grabner, Philadelphia right wing Steve Downie, Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask, Quad City goaltender Matt Keetley, San Antonio defenseman Dylan Reese and Syracuse left wing Tom Sestito