ECHL Has Record 103 Shutouts

With seven shutouts last week, the ECHL has 103 shutouts this season breaking the record of 99 shutouts in 2002-03. There has been a shutout every 9.7 games in 2003-04 compared to a shutout every 10.3 games last season.

Wheeling’s Joe Exter posted the first two shutouts of his professional career with a 3-0 win at Reading on March 9 and a 1-0 win at Atlantic City on March 10. Wheeling has 11 team shutouts, breaking the ECHL record of 10 shutouts set by Louisiana in 2001-02, and the Nailers’ Tyler MacKay and Nick Boucher are tied for the ECHL lead with four shutouts each.

Jason Saal of Augusta had two shutouts last week and has moved into a tie for the ECHL lead with four shutouts. After winning 5-0 at South Carolina on March 9, Saal made 28 saves in regulation and two saves in overtime before stopping four of five shooters in the shootout for a 1-0 win against Florence on March 13. Florence’s Sebastien LaPlante had 38 saves in regulation, three saves in overtime and stopped two of four shooters in the shootout to pick up his first shutout of the season. Saal has moved into third place on the ECHL career list with 16 shutouts, two behind Daniel Berthiaume and three behind leader Marc Magliarditi, who has 19 career shutouts.

Peoria’s Levente Szuper has three shutouts after posting back-to-back 2-0 wins at Toledo on March 12 and 13.

The other goaltenders with four shutouts are Atlantic City’s Scott Stirling, Columbia’s Josh Blackburn, Columbus’ Jason Tapp, Johnstown’s Cory Campbell, and Louisiana’s Derek Gustafson.