The American Hockey League announced today that Houston Aeros goaltender Joe Fallon has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week.
Fallon started 4 times during an important week for Houston and led the team to its first four-game winning streak of the season, allowing just five goals on 125 shots (4-0-0, 1.20, .960). Fallon was loaned to the Aeros on March 4th of this year from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, prompting the Wranglers to sign Mike Brodeur.
Leading the ECHL with 30 wins and 2,739 minutes played, Fallon has appeared in 47 games for the Wranglers this season. Fallon,was called up to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for one game in December, and named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23 – 29.
Fallon is a big goaltender at 6’3 who covers a lot of net. He is a stand-up type with extremely good lateral movement. Fallon displays great confidence, focus and is very consistent. He has the ability to make the second and third saves and does a very good job of controlling his rebounds. He follows plays well and stays square to the shooters. He is also willing to challenge shooters. Fallon is a very good on his angles and does a great job of covering the lower part of the net. His puckhandling ability, which isn’t one of his strongest attributes, is an area that Fallon can improve in.
In other news, the Minnesota Wild has reassigned goalie Matt Hackett to the Aeros. Hackett is 3-5-0 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in 11 games with the Wild this season in a fill in role. The 6-foot-2, 179-pound native of London, Ont., is 17-13-4 with a 2.41 GAA, a .917 SV% and one shutout in 35 games with the Aeros this season, and a possible trade of Josh Harding would propel him as the Wild’s backup.