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Martin named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week


PRINCETON, N.J. - Joel Martin of the Kalamazoo Wings is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 21-27. It is the second time this season that Martin has won the weekly honor.


The 30-year-old went 2-0-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .946 in three appearances last week.


Martin opened the week with 36 saves in a 3-1 win at Toledo on Friday and followed that up with 25 saves in a 3-2 win at Cincinnati on Saturday. He ended the week with 45 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Bakersfield on Sunday.


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Martin has appeared in an ECHL-high 38 games this season, posting a record of 17-16-5 with one shutout, a 2.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .919. He is second in the league in save percentage and tied for second in wins while leading all goaltenders with 2,294 minutes played and 1,153 saves.


Martin has appeared in 127 career ECHL games with Columbus, Trenton, Elmira, Augusta and Kalamazoo and has an overall record of 60-52-11 with three shutouts, a 3.04 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903. He also has appeared in 22 career games in the American Hockey League with Cleveland, Norfolk, Syracuse and Bridgeport.


Runners Up: Jean-Francois Berube, Ontario (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .953 save pct.) and Taylor Nelson, San Francisco (2-1-0, 1.98 GAA, .940 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Paul Karpowich (Evansville), Ken Reiter (Fort Wayne), Louis Domingue (Gwinnett), Tyler Beskorowany (Idaho), Brandon Anderson (Reading), Ryan Zapolski (South Carolina) and Kent Simpson (Toledo).



Oct. 12-14 Marc Cheverie Elmira Jackals
Oct. 15-21 Josh Robinson Idaho Steelheads
Oct. 22-28 Mike Lee Gwinnett Gladiators
Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Chris Carrozzi Ontario Reign
Nov. 5-11 Mike Lee Gwinnett Gladiators
Nov. 12-18 Philipp Grubauer Reading Royals
Nov. 19-25 Thomas Heemskerk San Francisco Bulls
Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Ryan Zapolski South Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 3-9 Cody Reichard Stockton Thunder
Dec. 10-16 Nathan Lieuwen Greenville Road Warriors
Dec. 17-23 Peter Delmas Wheeling Nailers
Dec. 24-30 Ryan Zapolski South Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 31-Jan. 6 Joel Martin Kalamazoo Wings
Jan. 7-13 Pat Nagle Florida Everblades
Jan. 14-20 John Curry Orlando Solar Bears