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Pirates pair named month’s top rookies

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been named the co-winners of the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month award for December.

Perry led all AHL scorers with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 13 contests during December, extending his scoring streak to a team-record 17 games. Getzlaf was second in the league with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 11 games on the month.

Perry was named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week on Dec. 5; Getzlaf earned the honor on Dec. 19.

The highlight of the month for both players came on Dec. 17, in the Pirates’ 9-5 win over Albany. Getzlaf tied a Portland club record with six points in the game, including his first hat trick, while Perry added two goals and three assists for a five-point night.

In recognition of their achievement, Perry and Getzlaf will each be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Pirates home game.

Ryan Getzlaf posted 23 points in 11 games in December.

The careers of Perry and Getzlaf continue to intertwine. Born six days apart in May 1985, each was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. They were teammates at the 2005 World Junior Championships, winning gold with Canada, and began the 2005-06 season with Anaheim before both were assigned to Portland on Nov. 22. Perry has registered a point in each game with the Pirates for a franchise-record 17-game scoring streak (15g, 17a), while Getzlaf has added 31 points (8g, 23a) in 15 games for Portland.

Other nominees for Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month include Binghamton center Gregg Johnson, Bridgeport center Jeremy Colliton, Chicago right wing Pat Dwyer, Cleveland right wing Steve Bernier, Grand Rapids defenseman Clay Wilson, Hamilton center Francis Lemieux, Hartford right wing Colby Genoway, Houston center Patrick O’Sullivan, Norfolk forward Martin St. Pierre, Philadelphia goaltender Martin Houle, Providence center Ben Walter, San Antonio defenseman Matt Jones, Syracuse center Andrew Murray and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Jonathan Filewich.