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Greenville's Riopel named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

PRINCETON, N.J. – Nic Riopel of the Greenville Road Warriors is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 7-13. 

 

The 22-year-old was 2-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .954 in two victories over South Carolina last week as the Road Warriors impoved to 6-5-0 on the season.

 

Riopel opened the week with 28 saves in a 5-2 win on Thursday and then made 35 saves, and stopped five out of seven attempts in the shootout, as the Road Warriors prevailed 2-1.

 

A native of Beloeil, Quebec, Riopel twice won Goaltender of the Week honors during the 2010-11 season with Greenville. This season he is 6-1-0 with a goals against average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .905. His six wins are tied for third in the league.

 

A fifth-round selection (142nd overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Riopel has played in 45 career ECHL games with Greenville, posting a record of 30-13-2 with two shutouts, a 2.82 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He is also 7-13-0 in 21 career games in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms. Previously he played in 173 games in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats, where he was named QMJHL Player of the Year in 2009. 

 

Runners Up: Jeff Jakaitis, Gwinnett (2-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .930 save pct.), Darcy Kuemper, Ontario (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save pct.) and Thomas Heemskerk, Stockton (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .950 save pct.)

 

Also Nominated: Brian Stewart (Elmira), John Muse (Florida), Jerry Kuhn (Idaho), Riley Gill (Kalamazoo), Joe Palmer (Reading), Philipp Grubauer (South Carolina), Carter Hutton (Toledo) and Andrew Engelage (Utah).

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS


WEEK WINNER TEAM
Oct. 14-16 Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces
     
Oct. 17-23 Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces
     
Oct. 24-30 Andrew Engelage Utah Grizzlies
     
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Philipp Grubauer South Carolina Stingrays