SPRINGFIELD, MA – The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Wild forward Gerald Mayhew, Springfield Thunderbirds forward Owen Tippett and Belleville Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson have been selected as the league’s award winners for January 2020.
Gustavsson, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, posted a 1.78 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage last month, allowing only nine goals on 155 shots in five starts (4-0-1) while helping Belleville climb into first place in the North Division.
Gustavsson stopped 28 shots in a 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley on Jan. 4, his only home appearance of the month. He came back with 35 saves in a 5-1 victory at Rochester on Jan. 10, and turned aside 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss at Manitoba on Jan. 15. Gustavsson earned his first career AHL shutout on Jan. 20, making 23 saves in a 3-0 win at Rockford, and registered 26 stops in the Senators’ 5-2 win at Utica on Jan. 24.
Gustavsson is 12-5-2 in 19 appearances for Belleville this season, with a 3.24 GAA, an .891 save percentage and one shutout. A second-round choice by Pittsburgh in the 2016 NHL Draft, Gustavsson was acquired in a trade by Ottawa on Feb. 23, 2018, and has played 57 AHL games with Belleville, posting a record of 26-25-4. The 21-year-old native of Skelleftea, Sweden, won a silver medal with Sweden and was named the tournament’s top goaltender at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Each monthly award winner will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game in recognition of his achievement.