Former Bomber Ayers Honored By AHL

The American Hockey League announced that former Dayton and current Syracuse Crunch goaltender Mike Ayers has been named the CCM Vector AHL Player of the Week.

The 26-year-old was 3-0-0 with two shutouts, a goals against of 0.33 and a save percentage of .990 after stopping 102 of 103 shots.

Recalled to Syracuse on Feb. 7, Ayers had 34 saves in a 3-1 win at Chicago on Feb. 8 before posting 35 saves in a 2-0 win against Binghamton on Feb. 10 and 33 saves in a 6-0 win against Rochester.

Ayers is 8-3-0 with a goals against of 2.16, three shutouts and a save percentage of .932 in 12 games with Syracuse and 7-12-1 with goals against of 3.57 and a save percentage of .889 in 21 games with Dayton.

Other nominees for the awards included former Cincinnati and current Cleveland left wing Patrick Rissmiller, former Toledo and current Grand Rapids goaltender Joey MacDonald, former Las Vegas and current Omaha goaltender Brent Krahn, former Augusta and current Portland right wing Pierre Parenteau, former Louisiana and Gwinnett and current Providence center Pascal Pelletier and former Dayton and current San Antonio goaltender Karl Goehring.

The ECHL has affiliations with 21 of the 27 teams in the AHL and for the past 16 years there has been a former ECHL player on the AHL team that has won the Calder Cup.