Sparks named CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week


Garret Sparks of the Orlando Solar Bears is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Feb. 2-8.


Sparks went 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .977 in three appearances last week.


The 21-year-old made 27 saves in a 3-1 win at Gwinnett on Tuesday, stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory at Greenville on Thursday and had 23 saves in a 4-1 win at Gwinnett on Saturday.


Under an NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sparks has appeared in 20 games with the Solar Bears this season posting a 12-3-1 record with three shutouts, a 2.34 goals-against average – which is fifth in the league – and a league-leading .936 save percentage. He has gone 10-1-1 in his last 12 decisions, allowing two goals or less in nine of those games.


A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Sparks has seen action in 30 career games with Orlando going 16-9-1 with four shutouts, a 2.51 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929. He has posted an 11-6-5 record in 26 career appearances with Toronto of the American Hockey League, including his first career AHL shutout with a 23-save performance on Dec. 28, 2014.


Prior to turning pro, he played three seasons with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League where he went 71-48-9 with 12 shutouts, a 2.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909.


Runners Up: Clarke Saunders, Colorado (3-0-1, 1.95 GAA, .933 save pct.), Travis Fullerton, Elmira (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .958 save pct.) and Parker Milner, Quad City (2-0-0, 1.03 GAA, .959 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Johan Gustafsson (Alaska), Pat Nagle (Fort Wayne), Kent Patterson (Gwinnett), Henri Kiviaho (Idaho), Mac Carruth (Indy), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo), Spencer McLay (Ontario), Danny Battochio (Rapid City), Connor Knapp (Reading), Adam Morrison (South Carolina), Jeff Lerg (Toledo) and Igor Bobkov (Utah).



Oct. 17-19 Joe Cannata Ontario Reign
Oct. 20-26 Jeff Malcolm Greenville Road Warriors
Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Allen York Florida Everblades
Nov. 3-9 Joel Martin Kalamazoo Wings
Nov. 10-16 Riley Gill Allen Americans
Nov. 17-23 Shane Owen Stockton Thunder
Nov. 24-30 Trevor Cann Brampton Beast
Dec. 1-7 Jeff Jakaitis South Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 8-14 Joel Martin Kalamazoo Wings
Dec. 15-21 Jason Missiaen Greenville Road Warriors
Dec. 22-28 Sam Brittain Cincinnati Cyclones
Dec. 29-Jan. 4 Olivier Roy Idaho Steelheads
Jan. 5-11 Roman Will Fort Wayne Komets
Jan. 12-18 Ryan Faragher Utah Grizzlies
Jan. 19-25 Mac Carruth Indy Fuel
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Connor Knapp Reading Royals