AUDY-MARCHESSAULT NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Springfield, Mass. - The American Hockey League announced on Friday that Springfield Falcons left wing Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January.
Audy-Marchessault, who was recalled earlier this week by Columbus and made his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets on Thursday, led all AHL skaters in January with 17 points (8g-9a) as Springfield went 8-3-1-0 in the first month of 2013. He is the first Falcon to win the CCM/AHL Player of the Month honor since the award was first given out in 2007-2008.
The second-year pro from Quebec City recorded five multi-point games during the month and collected his first-career hat trick in a 7-5 Falcons victory in Manchester on Jan. 15. Audy-Marchessault paced the Falcons with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win in Providence on Jan. 6 and a 4-2 victory over the Bruins at the MassMutual Center on Jan. 12. He notched his first two game-winning goals of the season, scored four times on the power play, and accumulated a +5 rating during the month as well. The 22-year-old also compiled a seven-game point streak (7g-7a) from Jan. 6 to 20.
Audy-Marchessault leads Springfield with 45 points and 29 assists, placing him third and in a tie for second in the league in those categories, respectively, while also adding 16 goals. He participated in his second-straight AHL All-Star Classic earlier this week and scored a goal for the Eastern Conference in a 7-6 defeat. As a rookie in 2011-2012 with Connecticut, Audy-Marchessault tied for the Whale lead with 64 points and topped the club's skaters with 40 assists.
Audy-Marchessault is the second Falcon to garner a monthly honor in 2012-2013. Curtis McElhinney secured the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month Award for October earlier this season.
In recognition of his achievement, Audy-Marchessault will receive an etched crystal award.
The Falcons return from the All-Star break tonight when they take on the Syracuse Crunch in a highly-anticipated matchup at the MassMutual Center. Springfield and Syracuse have two of the AHL's top three records during the 17th week of the 2012-2013 campaign.
Tonight's game at the MassMutual Center is "Pride Stations & Stores Night at The Nest," and fans can purchase discounted tickets to the game by visiting Pride's Facebook page at Facebook.com/PrideStores. Fans in attendance on Friday will also have the opportunity to win a brand new, high-definition television courtesy of Manny's TV & Appliances as part of "Flat-Screen Friday."
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages to Falcons home games, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625).