ECHL On Record Shutout Pace

There were six shutouts in the ECHL last week bringing the season total to 96 shutouts, three shy of the record 99 shutouts in 2002-03. Through the first 920 games there has been a shutout every 9.6 games compared to a shutout every 9.8 games last season.

Atlantic City’s Scott Stirling, Columbia’s Josh Blackburn, Columbus’ Jason Tapp, Johnstown’s Cory Campbell, Louisiana’s Derek Gustafson and Wheeling’s Nick Boucher and Tyler MacKay are all tied for the league lead with four shutouts.

Wheeling saw its streak of three consecutive home shutouts end on Sunday when Johnstown’s Chad Cavanagh scored at 11:53 of the second period. The Nailers tied the ECHL record for consecutive home shutouts set by Chesapeake from March 10-25, 1998. Wheeling did not allow a goal at home for 262:33, beginning January 31 at 9:20 of the first period and ending on Sunday.

Wheeling has nine team shutouts tying it for second in the ECHL record book for most shutouts in a season with Jackson (2002-03), Trenton (2000-01) and Richmond (1998-99). The ECHL record is 10 shutouts set by Louisiana in 2001-02.