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Crunch Goaltender Kevin Lalande Named Rbk/AHL Player of the Week

March 16, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

Syracuse, NY (March 16, 2009) - The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch goaltender Kevin Lalande has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 15, 2009. Lalande went 3-0-0 last week with a 1.00 goals against average and .974 save percentage.

Lalande made his home Crunch debut Wednesday night against Toronto, stopping 32 of 33 shots, picking up the win and earning first star honors. He recorded 31 stops on Friday night against Lake Erie in a 3-1 Crunch victory and was again named the game's first star.

Lalande capped off his week by making an individual and Crunch team season-high 48 saves on 49 shots in a 4-1 win over Rochester Saturday night in front of 6,021 fans at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Lalande was named the first star of the game for the third straight contest and was the AHL's first star of the night.

In 10 combined appearances this season with the Crunch and Quad City, Lalande is 7-2-1 with a 1.66 goals against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout.

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

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Lalande was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets from Calgary in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on March 4, 2009.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Albany right wing Jerome Samson, Binghamton left wing Greg Mauldin, Bridgeport right wing Junior Lessard, Chicago defenseman Clay Wilson, Grand Rapids right wing Darren McCarty, Hamilton right wing Mike Glumac, Hartford defenseman Michael Sauer, Hershey center Alexandre Giroux, Houston left wing Krys Kolanos, Iowa center Ajay Baines, Lake Erie left wing Randy Rowe, Manitoba left wing Michael Grabner, Milwaukee center Cal O'Reilly, Peoria left wing Chris Porter, Philadelphia right wing Boyd Kane, Portland left wing Nathan Gerbe, Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask, Quad City right wing David Van der Gulik, Rochester center David Brine, Rockford center Tim Brent, San Antonio goaltender Al Montoya, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton left wing Janne Pesonen and Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss.

The Crunch's next game is Friday, March 20 as they take on Rochester at the War Memorial at Oncenter at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Crunch office at 315-473-4444, stopping by the Oncenter Box Office, located on the State Street side of the War Memorial or by calling Ticketmaster at 315-472-0700.

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