Monday, March 31, 2014

John Muse earns AHL Player of the Week honors

Per team release...

Goaltender went 4-0-0 to propel Checkers into playoff position                               

CHARLOTTE, NC—The American Hockey League announced today that Checkers goaltender John Muse has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 30, 2014.

Muse stopped 105 of 108 shots in four appearances last week, going 4-0-0 with a 0.81 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage to propel the Checkers into a playoff position in the Western Conference.

Entering the week three points out of eighth place in the West, Charlotte got a 24-save effort from Muse in a 2-1 road win over Iowa Tuesday followed by a 22-save shutout in a 7-0 win over the Wild Wednesday.

As Charlotte returned home for a pair of critical weekend games against Oklahoma City, Muse stopped 32 of 34 shots plus five of six shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, then came on in relief Sunday afternoon and turned aside all 27 shots he faced before going 4-for-5 in the shootout for a 5-4 victory.

The Checkers’ eight-point week allowed them to move into eighth place in the Western Conference, four points ahead of Oklahoma City.

A two-time NCAA champion at Boston College (2008, 2010), Muse has a record of 26-12-0 in 40 games this season. His 26 victories set a new franchise record and have him tied for third in the league in that category.

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