Wednesday, March 3, 2010


This will make Dr. Scotty happy...

Former Express goaltender Mark Dekanich playing with the Milwaukee Admirils has been named the AHL goalie of the month for February.

Here's the release from the AHL website.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Mark Dekanich of the Milwaukee Admirals has been named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February. Dekanich allowed just six goals on 145 shots in six appearances on the month, posting a 5-1-0 record, a 1.07 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and two shutouts.

Dekanich made 22 saves on Feb. 13 as Milwaukee earned a 3-2 victory at Rockford. He then stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over Houston on Feb. 19, and allowed just one goal in 36 minutes of relief work on Feb. 27 as the Admirals rallied for a 7-6 overtime win over Chicago. Dekanich closed out the month with 34 saves – one shy of his season high – in a 4-0 decision at Peoria on Feb. 28, his third shutout in a span of seven starts.

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

A second-year pro out of Colgate University, Dekanich has a record of 20-11-3 in 35 appearances for Milwaukee this season, and sports a 2.40 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. As a rookie in 2008-09, Dekanich ranked second in the entire AHL with a 2.09 GAA and fifth with a .923 save percentage while going 15-10-2 in 30 contests. The 23-year-old native of North Vancouver, B.C., was a fifth-round draft choice by Nashville in 2006.

Kyle Turris is starting to light it up with the San Antonio Rampage, he is currently riding a 5 game goal scoring streak. In the month of February he piled up 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in 14 games. Overall, the former Express is now 2nd in Rampage scoring with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 57 games.

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