Scrivens garners monthly honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Ben Scrivens of the Toronto Marlies has been named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for March. Scrivens was 6-3-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and led the league with a .952 save percentage and three shutouts as the Marlies closed in on a division title.

Scrivens began the month with a pair of hard-luck losses, making 31 stops in a 2-1 defeat to Rochester on Mar. 3 and stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 2-0 setback to Binghamton on Mar. 7. Scrivens helped Toronto get back in the win column by allowing just one goal over his next three starts combined, highlighted by shutouts in Hamilton on Mar. 9 (23 saves) and in Grand Rapids on Mar. 16 (31 saves). Scrivens posted three more consecutive wins, including a 36-save blanking at Lake Erie on Mar. 24 and a 33-save effort in Rochester on Mar. 30, before being recalled by the parent Maple Leafs and earning a victory vs. Buffalo on Mar. 31.

Scrivens, 21-14-1 with four shutouts in 37 appearances for the Marlies this season, leads the AHL with a 2.07 goals-against average and ranks third with a .925 save percentage. The second-year pro from Spruce Grove, Alta., made his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs earlier this season and is also 3-4-1 (2.97, .904) in nine NHL games on the year.

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