Sabourin named top goalie for January

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Dany Sabourin of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has been named the Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January. Sabourin went 7-2-1 in 10 games on the month, with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage to help the Penguins maintain their lead atop the overall AHL standings.

Sabourin began the month with a home-and-home sweep of the division rival Philadelphia Phantoms, including his third shutout of the season on Jan. 7. He stopped 37 shots in a 3-2 win at Syracuse on Jan. 16, the first of six straight decisions without a loss (5-0-1) to close out January. Sabourin represented the Penguins in this week’s 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, helping the Canadian side to wins in both the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game.

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

A native of Val d’Or, Que., the 25-year-old Sabourin leads the American Hockey League with a 2.04 GAA and .931 save percentage in 25 outings this season, along with a sparkling record of 20-3-2. In 111 career AHL contests, Sabourin has compiled a record of 53-39-10 with nine shutouts. He also has five NHL games to his credit, including one this season with Pittsburgh.

Other nominees for Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Frederic Cloutier of Bridgeport, Joey MacDonald of Grand Rapids, Al Montoya of Hartford, Seamus Kotyk of Houston, Vitaly Kolesnik of Lowell, Pekka Rinne of Milwaukee, Mike McKenna of Norfolk, Jamie Storr of Philadelphia, Jordan Sigalet of Providence, David LeNeveu of San Antonio, Martin Prusek of Syracuse and Jean-Francois Racine of Toronto.