The 24-year-old was 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .941 last week as the Walleye moved to within four points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a season-high four-game winning streak.
Richards, who was reassigned to the Walleye from Rockford of the American Hockey League last Monday, made 40 saves in his first start with the Walleye this season on Wednesday in a 2-1 win at Cincinnati. He followed that up with 42 saves, and a four-for-four showing in the shootout, in a 3-2 win at Wheeling on Friday. Richards then turned aside 22 shots in a 4-3 win against Cincinnati on Saturday before ending the week with 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Cyclones on Sunday.
A native of Robbinsdale, Minn., Richards has appeared in 38 career games with Toledo going 21-12-5 with one shutout, a 3.19 goals-against average and a save percentage of .902. He has appeared in 22 games this season with Rockford, where he is 7-11-12.
In 72 career appearances with Rockford, Richards is 27-34-3 with two shutouts a 3.10 goals-against average and a save percentage of .897.
Also Nominated: Peter Mannino (Chicago), Joe Palmer (Gwinnett), Jerry Kuhn (Idaho), Riley Gill (Kalamazoo), Joe Fallon (Las Vegas), Jean-Francois Berube (Ontario) and Philipp Grubauer (South Carolina).
|Oct. 14-16||Gerald Coleman||Alaska Aces|
|Oct. 17-23||Gerald Coleman||Alaska Aces|
|Oct. 24-30||Andrew Engelage||Utah Grizzlies|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 6||Philipp Grubauer||South Carolina Stingrays|
|Nov. 7-13||Nic Riopel||Greenville Road Warriors|
|Nov. 14-20||Olivier Roy||Stockton Thunder|
|Nov. 21-27||Darcy Kuemper||Ontario Reign|
|Nov. 28-Dec. 4||Brian Stewart||Elmira Jackals|
|Dec. 5-11||Jason Missiaen||Greenville Road Warriors|
|Dec. 12-18||Jeff Jakaitis||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|Dec. 19-25||Jerry Kuhn||Idaho Steelheads|
|Dec. 26-Jan. 1||Jeff Jakaitis||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|Jan. 2-8||Olivier Roy||Stockton Thunder|
|Jan. 9-15||Adam Courchaine||Alaska Aces|
|Jan. 16-23||Daren Machesney||South Carolina Stingrays|
|Jan. 24-30||Joe Fallon||Las Vegas Wranglers|
|Jan. 31-Feb. 5||Peter Delmas||Wheeling Nailers|