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MARC-ANDRE FLEURY NAMED KOHO/AHL GOALIE OF THE MONTH

Tuesday, 11.01.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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MARC-ANDRE FLEURY NAMED KOHO\/AHL GOALIE OF THE MONTH

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The American Hockey League has announced that Marc-Andre Fleury of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has been named the Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October. Fleury was a perfect 6-0-0 in six starts during the month, with a 1.17 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.

Fleury has helped the Penguins open the season with a nine-game winning streak, the longest in club history. He began the year with consecutive 26-save efforts in wins over Bridgeport (October 5) and Hershey (October 8), then was recalled by the parent Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 9.

Fleury made three NHL appearances before returning to Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 17, and picked up right where he left off with the AHL Pens, turning aside 31 shots in a 4-1 win at Syracuse on Oct. 21. By month's end, Fleury had stopped 148 of 155 shots in six AHL outings.

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

A native of Sorel, Que., the 20-year-old Fleury is in his third professional season after being selected by Pittsburgh as the first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to his six victories, Fleury also leads the AHL in goals-against average (1.17) and save percentage (.955), and now owns a record of 32-19-4 in 60 career AHL appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Other nominees for Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Nolan Schaefer of Cleveland, Al Montoya of Hartford, Jason Bacashihua of Peoria, Jamie Storr of Philadelphia, Nathan Marsters of Portland, Jordan Sigalet of Providence, Steve Passmore of San Antonio and Andrew Penner of Syracuse.

The Penguins return to action this Friday when they host the Springfield Falcons at 7:05pm.  The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Penguins Dry Erase Board, courtesy of the Citizen’s Voice/The Times-Tribune.

Season tickets, partial ticket plan packages and individual game tickets for all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home games are on sale now.  Contact the Penguins at (570) 208-7367 or log on to www.wbspenguins.com for more information.

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