PRINCETON, NJ – Reading goaltender Barry Brust is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Saver of the Week for the First Round of the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The 6-2 and 215-pound rookie was 3-1 against Toledo and leads the postseason in goals-against average (0.75), save percentage (.980) and shutouts (2). After making 28 saves in a 1-0 loss in Game 1, Brust posted back-to-back shutouts, stopping 31 shots in a 1-0 win in Game 2 and 42 shots in a 2-0 win at Toledo in Game 3. Toledo scored a goal at 4:49 of the second period in Game 4 ending Brust’s shutout sequence at 168:13, which is 31:46 shy of the ECHL postseason record of 199:59 set by Travis Scott of Mississippi in 1999. Brust finished Game 4 with 38 saves as Reading advanced with a 5-2 win.
Selected in the third round (73rd overall) by Minnesota in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under contract to Los Angeles of the NHL, Brust represented host Reading in the 2005 All-Star Game and shut out the American Conference in the third period to preserve a 6-2 National Conference victory.