The American Hockey League announced yesterday that Rochester Americans centerPaul Szczechura has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 5, 2012.
In three games last week, Szczechura tallied four goals and two assists for six points as the Americans went 2-0-1-0.
Szczechura notched an assist in Rochester’s 3-0 win over Abbotsford on Feb. 2, and scored the game-tying goal in the third period as the Amerks earned a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Heat the next night. Finally, Szczechura scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 5-4 overtime win at Syracuse on Feb. 4, capping a four-point night and his first career hat trick.
A fifth-year pro in his first season with the Buffalo Sabres organization, Szczechura has recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 28 games for Rochester this season, while adding one goal and three assists in nine NHL games with Buffalo. For his career, the native of Brantford, Ont., has appeared in 242 career AHL contests, registering 71 goals and 101 assists for 172 points. He also has 10 goals and 10 assists in 92 NHL games with Buffalo and Tampa Bay.
In recognition of his achievement, Szczechura will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Americans home game. Through 47 games, Rochester is 2nd in their division with a 21-17-6 record. Their next game is on the road tomorrow night against division leading Toronto, whom the Amerks beat on January 28th, 2-1. The Amerks then play two home games on Friday and Saturday.