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Michalek named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month


Quad City Mallards’ goaltender Steve Michalek is the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for October.

The 22-year-old was 2-1-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a save percentage of .933 in five appearances during the month.

A native of Hartford, Conn., Michalek earned the win in his pro debut, turning aside 33 shots in a 2-1 win at Allen on Oct. 16. He made at least 31 saves in three of his five appearances and allowed two goals or less in four of his five games.

A sixth-round selection (161st overall) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Michalek is second among rookie goaltenders with a 1.95 goals-against average and sixth among first-year netminders with a .933 save percentage.

Prior to turning pro, Michalek appeared in 79 career games at Harvard University posting a record of 33-28-13 with five shutouts, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914. He also appeared in 17 games with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League where he was 7-6-3 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a save percentage of .900.

Runners Up: Louick Marcotte, Adirondack (6 gp, 5g, 2a, 7 pts.), Jack Rodewald, Orlando (6 gp, 1g, 7a, 8 pts.) and Justin Crandall, Reading (6 gp, 2g, 7a, 9 pts.).

Also Nominated: Cason Hohmann (Elmira), Justin Agosta (Florida), Spencer Martin (Fort Wayne), Colin Markison (Missouri), Greg Chase (Norfolk), Tyler Sikura (Toledo) and Matt Berry (Utah).