The 26-year-old went 6-1-0 with three shutouts, a 1.50 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in seven appearances during the month, helping lead the Stingrays to a 6-4-2 mark during December.
Zapolski opened the month with four consecutive wins, including a 34-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Gwinnett on Dec. 1, and allowed two goals or less in each of those four appearances. He closed the month with back-to-back shutouts, making 26 saves in a 4-0 win at Gwinnett on Dec. 28 and turning aside all 23 shots in a 3-0 victory against Wheeling on Dec. 29. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the weeks ending Dec. 2 and Dec. 30.
A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski is 12-5-0 in 17 appearances this season, and leads the ECHL with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead with three shutouts.
Zapolski has appeared in 32 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Toledo and Kalamazoo, posting an overall record of 20-9-1 with five shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929.
Prior to turning pro, Zapolski played four seasons at Mercyhurst College where he appeared in 109 games and went 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.
Also Nominated: Gerald Coleman (Alaska), Brian Foster (Cincinnati), Adam Brown (Colorado), Allen York (Evansville), Charlie Effinger (Fort Wayne), Louis Domingue (Gwinnett), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo), Joe Fallon (Las Vegas), John Curry (Orlando), Thomas Heemskerk (San Francisco) and Jordan Pearce (Toledo).
|October||Marc Cheverie||Elmira Jackals
|November||Phillip Grubauer||Reading Royals