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Audy-Marchessault, Oleksiak, Thiessen Named AHL Award Winners for January

February 1, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) News Release

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS LEFT WING JONATHAN AUDY-MARCHESSAULT NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Springfield Falcons left wing Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January.

In 12 games, Audy-Marchessault tallied eight goals and nine assists for 17 points as the Falcons opened up a 12-point lead atop the Northeast Division.

Audy-Marchessault began the month by notching a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win over Bridgeport on Jan. 4. He then scored twice and added an assist to match a career high with three points in a 4-1 win at Providence on Jan. 6. That effort began a seven-game scoring streak for Audy-Marchessault, totaling 14 points during the run that included another three-point outing (2g, 1a) vs. Providence on Jan. 12 and his first career hat trick in a 7-5 win at Manchester on Jan. 15.

A second-year pro from Quebec City, Que., Audy-Marchessault capped the month by appearing in his second consecutive AHL All-Star Classic and then making his National Hockey League debut with Columbus on Jan. 31.

The 22-year-old Audy-Marchessault ranks third in the AHL in scoring with 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) and is tied for the team lead with a plus-15 rating in 42 games for Springfield this season after signing with the Blue Jackets on July 1, 2012. Last season, Audy-Marchessault finished third among all AHL rookies with 64 points (24 goals, 40 assists) while appearing in all 76 games for Connecticut.

In recognition of his achievement, Audy-Marchessault will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Falcons home game.

TEXAS STARS DEFENSEMAN JAMIE OLEKSIAK NAMED CCM/AHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Texas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Oleksiak tallied one goal and nine assists for 10 points along with a plus-11 rating in 11 games last month to help the Stars rise to the top of the Western Conference standings.

Oleksiak scored a goal in a 5-2 win vs. Peoria on Jan. 5, and then tallied an assist each in consecutive victories over Houston on Jan. 6 and Jan. 11. After drawing an assist on the winning goal at Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, Oleksiak set a personal best with three helpers in the Stars' 6-4 win at Chicago on Jan. 18, and assisted on the game-winner again as part of a two-point day at Rockford on Jan. 21.

Oleksiak represented Texas at the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence on Jan. 27-28, and earned his first career recall to the National Hockey League on Jan. 30.

A first-round choice (14th overall) by Dallas in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Oleksiak has recorded three goals and a team-leading 20 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-12 rating, in 43 games for Texas this season. The 20-year-old Toronto native split last season between Saginaw and Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League, totaling 12 goals and 20 assists in 59 games.

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

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS' BRAD THIESSEN NAMED CCM/AHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Brad Thiessen of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has been selected as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January.

In seven appearances during the month, Thiessen was 5-2-0 with a 1.36 goals-against average, a .940 save percentage and three shutouts for the Penguins.

Coming off a winless December (0-4-1), Thiessen allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven starts in January, beginning the month with a 30-save blanking of Worcester on Jan. 5, his first shutout since Nov. 4, 2011. Following a 2-0 loss to Connecticut on Jan. 6, Thiessen earned another shutout, this time with 23 saves in a 1-0 decision over Hershey on Jan. 11. He was on the winning end of a 2-1 decision vs. Adirondack on Jan. 12 and a 4-2 win at Norfolk on Jan. 15, and he posted his third shutout of the month with 26 saves in a 3-0 triumph over St. John's on Jan. 23.

A 26-year-old native of Aldergrove, B.C., Thiessen has made 18 appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, going 8-8-1 with a 2.62 goals-against average, a .903 save percentage and three shutouts. A fourth-year pro out of Northeastern University, Thiessen has a career record of 80-45-5 with 16 shutouts in 135 games with the Penguins, and was the winner of the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding goaltender in 2010-11. Thiessen made his National Hockey League debut with Pittsburgh last season, going 3-1-0 in five appearances.

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

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