Pittsburgh Penguins’ prospect netminder Eric Hartzell, currently playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has reportedly been named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January – according to the team’s Twitter handle.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 3, 2014
He is the eighth WBS’ goaltender ever to be honored with this award – including current Pens’ Marc-Andre Fleury (2005) and Jeff Zatkoff (2012).
Hartzell, 24, went 5-2-0 in seven January starts, and posted a 1.33 goals-against-average with a .944 save percentage. Recording a shutout as well, Hartzell is currently leading the AHL in goals-against-average (1.85).
Making a total of 10 appearances throughout January, Hartzell surrendered no more than two goals in each of the contests he performed. He’s easily the AHL’s hottest goaltender, and has become a mainstay in net for WBS.
On the season, Hartzell owns a 9-5-1 record, a 1.85 goals-against-average (as mentioned before), and a .925 save percentage.
WBS next game will be against the Portland Pirates, Friday, February 7th, and you can almost bet it’ll be Hartzell’s next start as well.