By Brian Compton
If ECHL fans didn’t know the name Steve Silverthorn before, they’ll certainly know it by season’s end.The 25-year-old goaltender is off to a phenomenal 7-0-0 start for the Idaho Steelheads, who currently sit atop the West Division with 14 points. Silverthorn, who leads the league with those seven victories, received the RBC Financial Group ECHL Saver of the Month award for October and the Rbk Goalie of the Week honors on Tuesday after going 3-0-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .928 save percentage from Oct. 30-Nov. 5.
It’s another step in the right direction for Silverthorn, who enjoyed a solid rookie season last year with the Steelheads (22-14-3, 2.90 GAA) after a tremendous collegiate career at Colgate University. Silverthorn, who was voted by his teammates as Idaho’s Rookie of the Year in 2005-06, is ready to take his career to new heights while the Steelheads aim to win an incredibly tough division that includes the Alaska Aces, who won the 2006 Kelly Cup. But it’s Silverthorn’s relaxed attitude that has helped the Steelheads in the early going this season. The Owen Sound, Ontario native says he doesn’t feel added pressure of having to compete in a division that, besides the Aces, also features improved squads in Phoenix, Utah and Victoria.
“Any time you get off to a 7-0 start, you can’t complain,” Silverthorn said. “This division is one of the best in the league, but I don’t think there’s added pressure. It’s what you make of it yourself.”
Silverthorn is certainly making the most of the opportunity given to him by the Dallas Stars, who have invited him to training camp the past two seasons. Silverthorn was asked what he has done right during this phenomenal stretch in Idaho.
“Who knows?” he chuckled. “My team has been playing unbelievable in front of me night in and night out. They have a lot to do with it.”