Leighton named AHL's top goaltender for 2007-'08 season

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Michael Leighton of the Albany River Rats captured the Aldege (Baz) Bastien Memorial award Tuesday as the AHL's top goaltender this season.

Leighton topped voting conducted by coaches, players and media members.

Leighton, a first-team all-star this season, topped the AHL in save percentage (.932), shutouts (seven) and second in goals-against average (2.07). He also was tops in shots faced (1,723) and second in minutes played (3,392) and third in wins while posting a 28-24-4 record in his first season with the River Rats.



TORONTO - Michael Swift of the Niagara IceDogs captured the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy on Tuesday as the OHL's overage player of the year for the 2007-08 season.

Swift, 21, of Peterborough, Ont., finished tied for seventh in OHL scoring with 38 goals and 62 assists in 68 games. Swift, the IceDogs captain, enjoyed a 12-game point scoring streak near that end of the season that included 15 goals and 26 points.

He helped the IceDogs register a 42-25-0-1 record and finish fourth in the Eastern Conference. Swift finished his OHL career with 111 goals and 172 assists in 276 career games with the IceDogs over five seasons.


Kitchener's Rangers' Steve Mason named CHL's goaltender of the week

TORONTO - Steve Mason of the Kitchener Rangers was named the CHL's goaltender of the week Tuesday.

Mason, 19, of Oakville, Ont., allowed two goals in two playoff wins over the Sarnia Sting and posted a 0.70 goals-against average and .980 save percentage in the two contests.


Sting's Steve Stamkos headlines OHL's monthly award winners

TORONTO - Steven Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting was named the OHL's top player for the month of March on Tuesday.

Stamkos had 18 goals and six assists in 14 games. After registering nine goals and six assists in seven games to close out the regular season, Stamkos scored nine goals in Sarnia's first-round playoff win over the Windsor Spitfires.

Stamkos, 18, of Unionville, Ont., finished the regular season fifth in the OHL scoring race with 58 goals and 47 assists in 61 games. He's the top-rated prospect for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Mike Murphy of the Belleville Bulls was named the top goaltender. He compiled a 9-1 record to go along with a 2.02-goals against average and .928 save percentage in 10 starts.

Murphy, 19, of Inverary, Ont., finished the regular season with five wins in March, then went 4-1 in the Bulls' opening round playoff win over the Peterborough Petes.

Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires was named the top rookie. The 17-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., was the OHL's top scorer last month with 14 goals and 12 assists in 13 games.

Alex Pietrangelo of the Niagara IceDogs captured top defenceman honours. Pietrangelo was the league's top-scoring defenceman in March with five goals and 13 assists in 10 games.

Pietrangelo then had four goals and eight points in the IceDogs' four game-sweep of the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors in the opening round of the OHL playoffs.



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