Boutin named AHL goalie of month; Sterling takes rookie honours

Boutin, a 21-year-old from Granby, Que., went 5-1-1 in nine appearances with a 1.77 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage and one shutout.

His efforts helped push the Falcons into a tie for second in the Atlantic Division.

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Sterling, 22, bagged the rookie prize for the second straight month after scoring 16 goals with five assists in 14 games. His hot month included a nine-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 12-29.