Wolves’ Mannino named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Chicago Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 3, 2010. In three games, Mannino stopped 100 of 104 shots and led the Wolves to three victories.

On Wednesday night vs. Houston, Mannino made 22 saves as Chicago notched a 5-1 victory over the visiting Aeros. He then made 45 stops in a 4-1 New Year’s Eve victory at Peoria, falling just 37.6 seconds short in his shutout bid. And on Saturday, Mannino stopped 33 shots in regulation and overtime and four of five in the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over Peoria. He finished the week with a 3-0-0 record, a 1.30 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.

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

In his second professional season out of the University of Denver, Mannino has a record of 8-2-0 with a 2.10 GAA and a .935 save percentage in 12 appearances for the Wolves in 2009-10. He was 17-12-2 as a rookie with Bridgeport last season and also appeared in three games with the N.Y. Islanders, earning the win in his first NHL start on Mar. 15, 2009, at Chicago. A native of Farmington Hills, Mich., Mannino signed as a free agent with Atlanta on July 6, 2009.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Adirondack center Jon Matsumoto, Albany right wing Jerome Samson, Binghamton left wing Denis Hamel, Bridgeport left wing Jesse Joensuu, Grand Rapids right wing Jan Mursak, Hamilton left wing Mathieu Darche, Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson, Hershey center Keith Aucoin, Houston right wing Jean-Michel Daoust, Lake Erie center Marty Sertich, Lowell right wing Patrick Davis, Manitoba left wing Michael Grabner, Milwaukee center Ben Guite, Norfolk left wing Juraj Simek, Peoria defenseman Jonas Junland, Portland goaltender Jhonas Enroth, Providence center Trent Whitfield, Rochester left wing Evgeny Dadonov, Rockford center Matt Keith, San Antonio left wing Brett MacLean, Syracuse center Tomas Kana, Texas center Travis Morin, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Mark Letestu and Worcester center Andrew Desjardins.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week