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Goaltenders posting shutouts at record pace

 

The 2013-14 season could go down as the Year of the Shutout in the ECHL. There have been 71 shutouts through 622 games, an average of one shutout every 8.8 games, which could result in the most shutouts in the league over the last eight seasons.

 

Since the 2006-07 season, the most shutouts in a single season is 85, set during the 2007-08 season, which was an average of one shutout every 10.6 games. Last season was the only other season over this span which had more than 80 shutouts when goaltenders posted 81 shutouts for an average of one shutout every 10.2 games.

 

Laurent Brossoit leads ECHL goaltenders with seven shutouts this season, posting two with Alaska and five with Bakersfield. The seven shutouts are tied with three others for the second most in a single season in league history, and is just one behind the all-time record of eight, which is shared by Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (Alaska, 2008-09) and Ryan Zapolski (South Carolina, 2012-13).

 

Alaska’s Olivier Roy, currently recalled to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League, ranks second in the league with four shutouts. He is one five goaltenders who have posted at least one shutout for the Aces this season. Alaska leads the league with 10 shutouts, which is tied with five other clubs for the second most in league history. The ECHL record for most shutouts in one season is 11, held by the Wheeling Nailers in 2003-04.

 

South Carolina is second in the league with seven shutouts, posted by three different goalies. Wheeling, Utah, Florida and Bakersfield are tied for third with five shutouts each.

 

Each of the 21 ECHL teams have posted at least one shutout this season with a total of 39 different goaltenders recording at least shutout.