Franky Palazzese Wins ECHL Goaltender of the Month


 The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, are excited to announce that goaltender Franky Palazzese has been named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for April.

Palazzese, 21, completed a fantastic turnaround during his rookie season, winning ten of his final 16 starts to turn a 10-14-0 mark at the end of January into a 20-19-1 final record. Despite a loss in his first game of April at Kalamazoo on April 4th, Franky stepped up even bigger during the final week of the campaign, winning three straight games, as the Nailers rallied from three points down, to pass the Cincinnati Cyclones for the final playoff spot in the North Division. The first year netminder turned in a career-high 46 saves in a 2-1 triumph in Reading on April 8th, before making 18 and 25 saves respectively in back-to-back victories over Elmira, including the April 11th clincher. Palazzese finished the regular season portion of April with a 3-1-0 record, a 2.26 goals against average, and .932 save percentage.

Prior to turning pro, the Toronto, ON native played parts of five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, with the Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, and Sudbury Wolves. There, he compiled a 71-69-26 record, while appearing in playoff action in each of his last four seasons.

Palazzese becomes the first Nailer to win a monthly award in 2014-15, and becomes the first player to win ECHL Goaltender of the Month for Wheeling since Mike Condon last April.

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