American Hockey League announced today that Peoria Rivermen goaltender Mike
McKenna has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the
period ending Mar. 24, 2013.
made four starts last week and stopped 127 of 132 shots, going 3-1-0 and
defeating a pair of division leaders to keep the Rivermen in the thick of the
Western Conference playoff race.
began the week with 25 saves to help Peoria to a 4-1 win over Midwest
Division-leading Grand Rapids on Tuesday night. After stopping 33 shots,
including a late penalty shot attempt, and allowing just two goals in a 3-1
loss at Milwaukee on Friday, McKenna came back on Saturday with a 33-save
effort in a 3-0 win over Chicago, his third shutout in a nine-game span. And
making his third start in less than 48 hours, McKenna made 36 saves in
regulation and overtime and stopped four of five shootout attempts as the
Rivermen edged Toronto, the first-place team from the North Division, 3-2.
a heavy load, McKenna has started seven straight games and nine of the team's
last 10. He has posted a 6-3-0 record in the month of March with a 1.45
goals-against average and a 0.954 save percentage.
has appeared in 32 games overall for Peoria this season, posting a record of
17-12-1-1 and ranking fifth in the AHL with a .924 save percentage to go with
his 2.32 goals-against average and three shutouts. An eighth-year pro from St.
Louis, Mo., McKenna has a career record of 108-98-13 with 11 shutouts in 237
AHL games. Originally drafted by Nashville in 2002, McKenna has appeared in 17
National Hockey League contests with Tampa Bay and New Jersey, and signed as a
free agent with his hometown Blues on July 1, 2012.
recognition of his achievement, McKenna will be presented with an etched
crystal award prior to an upcoming Rivermen home game.