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The following is an article about MArk Rycroft being named the AHL Player of the week from Monday, March 12, 2001


Worcester, MA - After totaling six goals and one assist in four games for the Worcester IceCats, rookie forward Mark Rycroft was named the Sher-Wood American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 11, 2001.

Rycroft began the week by scoring one goal on Wednesday against Louisville. He follwed that up with two power play goals in a span of 22 seconds on Friday. The rapid tallies broke an IceCats record for the quickest consecutive goals by the same player. Saturday in Portland, he bagged the critical first goal of the night (Worcester is 33-4-1 when scoring first). On Sunday, the Pencticon, British Columbia native powered the 'Cats to a victory with two goals and an assist, with his second goal of the night being the game-winner. He was named the number one star of the game after his performances on Friday and Sunday.

Seventh in the rookie-scoring race with 43 points (22/21/43), Rycroft currently has a career high four game goal scoring streak. He leads all AHL rookies and is tied for the team lead with 12 power play goals. The 2000 free agent signing by the St. Louis Blues became the first member of the IceCats to score 20 goals exclusively in an IceCats uniform this season when he found the back of the net in Portland.
Rycroft becomes the third 'Cat this season to earn Sher-Wood Play of the Week honors. Jaroslav Obsut was selected in November and Dwayne Roloson was conferred in December.

Prior to an upcoming IceCats game, Rycroft will be presented with a Sher-Wood leather jacket during an on-ice ceremony. In addition, Sher-Wood will donate 5 travel bags to the Demons Youth Hockey of Ashland.
Rycroft will participate in a live online chat this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm at

The IceCats next home game is Friday, March 16th at 7:35 pm against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The AHL's top prize, the Calder Cup, will be displayed in the concourse that night.

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