Manitoba Moose goaltender Cory Schneider of Marblehead has been named the Reebok/American Hockey League's Player of the Week (ending March 29).
The 23-year-old keeper is also the odds-on favorite to capture the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award as the league's outstanding goaltender when the AHL announces its individual awards (as voted on by the league's coaches, players and media). The announcement is set to come Thursday, April 9. The AHL's First and Second Team All-Stars will come out tomorrow.
Schneider had a fantastic week for the Moose as his team edged closer to clinching the AHL's North Division regular season title.
A first round pick (26th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in 2004, Schneider stopped 26 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch early last week. He then won both of his games over the weekend, stopping 35 shots in a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs. All but four of those saves came from the second period on as Schneider was named the game's No. 1 star.
This past Sunday, Schneider posted a career high 44 saves as Manitoba won its rematch with Hamilton, backboning a 3-2 triumph at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. For his efforts, he was also named the No. 1 star of this contest.
For the week, Schneider posted a 1.66 goals-against average and a spectacular .955 save percentage. For his achievements, the former Boston College great will be given an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game with the Moose (49-20-6).
The top goaltender in the AHL this season, Schneider — who could earn some votes for league MVP — leads all keepers in the league with a 1.89 GAA and a .932 save percentage while compiling a 28-7-1 record with five shutouts. He also won 13 consecutive games earlier in the season, a team record.
Schneider's 28 victories this year are a new Moose record; the team itself has also set a new record for most victories in a season (49). Schneider is also on pace to break team records for best goals-against in a season (2.17 is the old mark) and save percentage (.922 the old mark). He also has a chance to set a new Moose mark for most shutouts (6) in a season.
The Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November, Schneider made his NHL debut with the Canucks earlier this season, playing in eight games and compiling a 2-4-1 record, with wins over the Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers.
He was also the winning goalie in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game in Worcester.