Monday morning, the American Hockey League announced that Colorado Eagles goaltender Pavel Francouz has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 3, 2019.
Francouz was a perfect 4-0-0 in four starts last week, allowing just six goals and making 139 saves 145 shots - a .959 save percentage. His play helped the Eagles move into a playoff position in the Pacific Division standings.
He stopped 66 of the 69 shots he faced in back-to-back wins against the San Antonio Rampage mid-week and then was even better making 73 saves during a weekend sweep of the Tucson Roadrunners. The victories allowed Colorado to jump the Roadrunners for fourth place in the standings.
Not only was his play between the pipes outstanding, but Francouz added a little #grit to his resume as he skated the length of the ice in order to join his teammates in a line brawl at the end of Wednesday nights’ game against the Rampage.
Nearing the end of his first season in North America, Francouz has made 38 appearances for the Eagles sporting a 21-13-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
The 28-year old Czech netminder is currently tied for third in the AHL in wins (21) and ranks second in total saves (1,093).
Francouz made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche earlier this season, posting a .943 save percentage in two appearances. He signed with the Avalanche as a free agent this past summer after being named the top goaltender in the KHL last year.
To recognize his winning of the award, Francouz will be presented with a trophy prior to an upcoming Eagles home game.
Colorado continues their push towards the AHL playoffs this week as they travel to San Diego to take on the Gulls.