Bulldogs’ Desharnais wins AHL player of the month, Moose’s Lack top goalie

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Hamilton Bulldogs forward David Desharnais was named American Hockey League player of the month Monday while Manitoba Moose rookie Eddie Lack took the goaltender of the month honour.

Desharnais led all AHL scorers in December with 17 assists and 20 points in 14 games for the North Division-leading Bulldogs. Teammate Max Pacioretty earned the honour for November.

Desharnais was leading the AHL in scoring when he was called up to the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 31.

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Lack appeared in nine of Manitoba’s 12 games last month and finished with a 7-2-0 record, a 1.99 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

The native of Norratje, Sweden, earned his first North American professional shutout over that span, stopping 20 shots in a 1-0 win over Peoria on Dec. 27.

Lack has a record of 13-7-2 this season, ranking sixth in the AHL with a 1.98 GAA and eighth with a .930 save percentage.