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Pirates’ Perry finds weekly treasure

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates right wing Corey Perry has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending December 4, 2005. In three games, Perry scored three goals and added three assists to help the Pirates regain a share of the lead in the Atlantic Division.

Perry extended his scoring streak to seven games by recording a point in each of Portland’s three contests over the weekend. He scored a goal in a 3-2 defeat at Albany on Friday, came back with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Hartford on Saturday, and recorded a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 3-2 win over division co-leader Manchester, including setting up the winning goal at the 19:59 mark of the third period.

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

Perry, a first-round choice (28th overall) by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded six goals and seven assists for 13 points in seven games since joining Portland on Nov. 21. The 20-year-old native of Peterborough, Ont., paced the Ontario Hockey League in goals (47), assists (83) and points (130) last season and was the MVP of the Memorial Cup tournament as he led London to the junior hockey championship. Perry, who made his professional debut with Cincinnati during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, has recorded one goal and five assists in 15 games with Anaheim this season.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany right wing Barry Tallackson, Binghamton goaltender Kelly Guard, Bridgeport center Robert Nilsson, Cleveland center Mike Iggulden, Grand Rapids left wing Jiri Hudler, Hamilton left wing Jean-Francois Jacques, Hartford center Dwight Helminen, Houston center Patrick O’Sullivan, Iowa forward Toby Petersen, Lowell goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik, Manitoba defenseman Kevin Bieksa, Milwaukee center Kris Beech, Norfolk left wing Quintin Laing, Omaha center Warren Peters, Peoria right wing Mike Glumac, Providence goaltender Tim Thomas, Rochester center Drew Larman, San Antonio goaltender Brian Boucher, Syracuse center Andrew Murray, Toronto forward John Pohl and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Jonathan Filewich.