Moose netminder MacIntyre named player of the week

By League Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Manitoba Moose goaltender Drew MacIntyre has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 24, 2008. MacIntyre stopped 98 of 101 shots over three road starts to help the Moose remain in second place in the North Division.

MacIntyre began his week with a historic night in Chicago on Wednesday. He made 29 saves on 30 shots and was credited with scoring the deciding goal in a 2-1 victory, snapping the Wolves’ seven-game winning streak. On Friday night, MacIntyre made 41 saves to lead Manitoba to a 4-1 win in Grand Rapids, and Saturday he turned aside 28 of 29 shots in a hard-luck 1-0 loss to the Griffins. For the week, MacIntyre posted a 0.98 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage.

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

MacIntyre, 24, shows a record of 21-15-1 in 37 appearances for Manitoba this season, ranking fourth in the AHL in goals-against average (2.14) and third in save percentage (.927). Along with becoming the ninth goaltender in AHL history to be credited with a goal, the native of Charlottetown, P.E.I., was also the winning netminder at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game last month, and he made his NHL debut with Vancouver on Dec. 13, 2007, at San Jose. In 115 career AHL contests with Manitoba and Grand Rapids, MacIntyre is 60-39-3 with five shutouts.

Other nominees for Rbk/AHL Player of the Week include Albany goaltender Michael Leighton, Bridgeport center Trevor Smith, Chicago goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, Grand Rapids right wing Francis Lemieux, Hamilton center Mikhail Grabovski, Hershey left wing Chris Bourque, Houston goaltender Barry Brust, Lake Erie goaltender  Mike Wall, Lowell goaltender Frank Doyle, Norfolk left wing Justin Keller, Peoria right wing Eric Neilson, Philadelphia center Boyd Kane, Providence center Nate Thompson, Quad City center Krys Kolanos, Rochester right wing Anthony Stewart, Rockford goaltender Wade Flaherty, San Antonio right wing Bill Thomas, Springfield left wing Grant Potulny, Syracuse center Derek MacKenzie, Toronto center Alex Foster and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Also see: Previous winners, Rbk/AHL Player of the Week