Goaltenders continued to accumulate shutouts recording six more during the past week, including a 1-0 shootout win by Long Beach on Saturday that saw both the Ice Dogs’ Colin Zulianello, who stopped all six shooters in the shootout to pick up the win, and San Diego’s Trevor Koenig, who stopped the first five shooters in the shootout, record shutouts. Koenig leads the league with two shutouts while 24 other goaltenders each have one shutout.
The duel between Zulianello and Koenig was one of three shutouts on Friday. Augusta’s Jason Saal made 37 saves in a 3-0 win against Columbus and Trenton rookie Chris Houle made 34 saves to record his first professional shutout with a 2-0 win over Toledo. On Wednesday, Johnstown rookie Cory Campbell made 23 saves in a 2-0 win at Atlantic City and Alaska’s Dan Murphy stopped 30 shots in a 3-0 win against San Diego.
Alaska, Atlantic City, Idaho, Johnstown, Long Beach, Reading, and South Carolina are tied for the team lead with two shutouts. In the first 195 games of 2003-04 there has been a shutout every 7.8 games compared to a shutout every 9.8 games in 2002-03 and a shutout every 11.4 games in 2001-02.