Alaska’s Coleman named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

PRINCETON, N.J. – Gerald Coleman of the Alaska Aces is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 17-23.           


Coleman, who also won the award last week, joins Dany Sabourin (Oct. 25-31 and Nov. 1-7, 2004), Tyrone Garner (Feb. 12-18 and Feb 19.25, 2001), Dov Grumet-Morris (Nov. 29- Dec 5 and Dec 6-12, 2010) and Josh Tordjman (Dec. 13-19 and Dec. 20-26, 2010) as the only goaltenders to the win the award in consecutive weeks since it was introduced for the 1997-98 season.


The 26-year-old was 3-0-0 with one shutout, a goals-against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .955 in three victories over Idaho this past weekend to extend his personal winning streak to five games as Alaska has started the season 5-0-0. Coleman turned aside 16 shots on Thursday and 25 shots on Friday followed by 22 saves on Saturday to earn his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Steelheads. He has played all 305 minutes of Alaska’s five games this season, and leads the ECHL in minutes, wins and goals-against average.


A native of Evanston, Ill., Coleman was named to the All-ECHL First Team and was selected as ECHL Goaltender of the Year last season with Alaska after leading the ECHL with a 2.19 goals-against average and tying for the league lead with 30 wins and four shutouts.


Coleman has appeared in 150 ECHL games with Johnstown, Augusta, Phoenix, Trenton, and Alaska, posting an overall record of 84-47-11 with nine shutouts, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Coleman also has 81 games of American Hockey League Experience with Springfield, Portland, Worcester and Lowell and two games of National Hockey League experience with Tampa Bay.

           

Runners Up: Chet Pickard, Cincinnati (1-1-0, 1.51 GAA, .952 save pct.), Timo Pielmeier, Elmira (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .952 save pct) and Marc Cheverie, Gwinnett (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .973 save pct).


Also Nominated: Bryan Pitton (Bakersfield), Rob Nolan (Chicago), Kyle Jones (Colorado), Riley Gill (Kalamazoo), Mark Owuya (Reading), Philipp Grubauer (South Carolina), Thomas McCollum (Toledo), Andrew Engelage (Utah) and Patrick Killeen (Wheeling).


PREVIOUS WINNERS


WEEK WINNER TEAM
Oct. 14-16 Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces