Monday, February 16, 2015

Flawless Week Lands Jussi Rynnas AHL Player of the Week Honors

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Jussi Rynnas picked up AHL Player of the Week honors this week after a 3-0-0 performance, including one shutout, last week. Rynnas has been key to cleaning up occasionally messy situations that could have put Texas behind the eight ball this season.

It's pretty impressive to consider that Rynnas probably wasn't the only Star who could have been named as PotW. Greg Rallo had four goals and an assist this week. The team is clicking. Utica is going to be a fun game.

Here's the release:
The American Hockey League announced today that Texas Stars goaltender Jussi Rynnas has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 15, 2015.

Rynnas stopped 89 of 91 shots in three starts last week, posting a 3-0-0 record, a 0.67 goals-against average and a .978 save percentage.

On Tuesday night, Rynnas made 28 saves as Texas rolled past San Antonio, 6-1. He took a shutout bid into the final minute of regulation on Friday night and finished with 35 saves in a 3-1 win at Iowa, then came back on Saturday and earned his fourth shutout of the season with a 26-save effort in a 2-0 victory over the Wild.

In 28 appearances with Texas this season, Rynnas has a record of 16-4-6 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and four shutouts. The 27-year-old native of Pori, Finland, signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars on July 7, 2014, after leading all Liiga (Finnish Elite League) goaltenders in GAA and save percentage and winning a championship with Karpat last season. Rynnas has played 101 career AHL games with Texas and Toronto as well as five National Hockey League contests, including two this season with Dallas.

In recognition of his achievement, Rynnas will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game.

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