Hot-hand Pacioretty tops the AHL for November

Hamilton Bulldogs left wing Max Pacioretty has been named the Reebok/American Hockey League Player of the Month for November.

Pacioretty led all AHL scorers with 10 goals and added seven assists for 17 points in 13 games as the Bulldogs surged to the top of the Western Conference with a 9-3-0-1 record for the month.

Pacioretty’s 10 goals in November surpassed his previous career high for an entire season, established when he scored nine times in 71 games between Hamilton and the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens as a rookie in 2008-09.

He began the month with back-to-back two-point nights, putting up a goal and an assist in each half of a two-game sweep of Manitoba on Nov. 2 and 3. Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Grand Rapids on Nov. 13, and began a stretch of four consecutive multiple-point games with two assists at Rochester on Nov. 19.

He celebrated his 22nd birthday on Nov. 20 at Toronto by providing all of the Hamilton offense in a 4-3 shootout loss at Toronto, scoring all three Bulldogs goals in regulation and the team’s only tally of the shootout. He scored twice more in a 3-2 win at Adirondack on Nov. 24, and notched a goal and an assist to close out the month on Nov. 28 at Syracuse.

A third-year pro from New Canaan, Conn., Pacioretty is tied for third in the AHL with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 21 games for Hamilton this season. Montreal’s first-round draft pick (22nd overall) in 2007 split each of his first two seasons between the Bulldogs and Canadiens, and now shows six goals and 19 assists for 25 points in 86 career NHL contests to go with 19 goals and 4 6 assists for 65 points in 76 AHL games.