Portland Pirates goaltender and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Mark Visentin was named the the first CCM American Hockey League Player of the Week for 2013.
Visentin stopped 87 of 89 shots over two games, helping to keep the Pirates in first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division while posting an impressive .978 save percentage. He stopped 48 shots, including all 34 over the final two periods, in a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Wednesday. It was the most saves by a Pirates goaltender in almost a decade – since Maxime Ouellet’s 49-save effort vs. Saint John on Jan. 12, 2003. On Saturday, the 20-year-old AHL rookie turned aside 39 of 40 shots in a 2-1 win over Bridgeport, extending his personal winning streak to five games.
A first-round draft pick (27th overall) of the Coyotes in 2010, Visentin is 8-6-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and one shutout with Portland. The Hamilton, Ontario native played four junior seasons at Niagara and was the OHL’s goaltender of the year in 2010-11. He also won silver (2011) and bronze (2012) with Canada at the World Junior Championships.
In recognition of his achievement, Visentin will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Pirates home game.