Kelly Cup Playoffs One Shy Of Shutout Record

PRINCETON, N.J. – Four shutouts in the last 10 games have raised the total shutouts in the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs to 14 in 60 games (23.3 percent), the second-most shutouts in ECHL postseason history.

The record is 15 shutouts in 67 games (22.4 percent) in the 1999 Kelly Cup Playoffs. There were 12 shutouts in 66 games (18.2 percent) in 2005 and 10 shutouts in 61 games (16.4 percent) in 2003 and 10 shutouts in 75 games (13.3 percent) in 2000.

The first shutout of 2007 didn’t occur until the 10th game when Idaho’s Steve Silverthorn stopped 28 shots in a 3-0 win against Stockton on Apr. 11.

There have been 13 shutouts in the last 50 games (26 percent) and three days have produced multiple shutouts, tying the record for most multiple-shutout days set in 1999 when there were two shutouts on Apr. 10 and 14 and May 1. There were three shutouts on Apr. 19, the most in a single postseason day in league history, and there were two shutouts on Apr. 25 and Apr. 27, bringing the total number of two-shutout days in the postseason to eight.

Maxime Gingras of Richmond holds the ECHL record for postseason shutouts with five in 1999. Gingras also set the record for most shutouts in the Kelly Cup Finals in 1999 with two, a record that Scott Stirling of Atlantic City tied in 2003.

Adam Berkhoel of Dayton leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with three shutouts while Cedrick Desjardins of Cincinnati, Derek Gustafson of Alaska, Craig Kowalski of Florida and Steve Silverthorn of Idaho are tied for second with two shutouts each. Rejean Beauchemin of Bakersfield, Kevin Nastiuk of Las Vegas and Matt Yeats of Texas have each posted one shutout.