Nick Boucher of Pee Dee made 34 saves in a 3-0 win at Augusta on Friday and stopped 25 shots in a 4-0 win against Louisiana on Saturday, becoming the fifth ECHL goaltender this season to post back-to-back shutouts.
The other goaltenders with back-to-back shutouts are Boucher’s teammate Sebastien LaPlante (November 13 and 19), Idaho’s Frank Doyle (November 24 and 27), Reading’s Cody Rudkowsky (November 12 and 13) and Wheeling’s Dany Sabourin (November 5 and 6).
With LaPlante on injured reserve since November 21, Boucher, who has not allowed a goal in the last 147:20, has started 10 consecutive games for the Pride, going 7-2-1 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.82 and a save percentage of .940. In 18 games, the 23-year-old Boucher is 9-4-2 with a save percentage of .932 while ranking seventh in the league with a goals-against average of 2.03. Selected in the ninth round (280th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Boucher is tied for second in shutouts (3), ranks third in minutes (944), ranks fourth in saves (436) and is tied for fourth in wins (9).
In the first 291 games of the season, there have been 43 shutouts by 28 goaltenders. Dany Sabourin of Wheeling leads the league with four shutouts while Boucher and Chris Madden of Long Beach are tied for second with three shutouts apiece and eight goaltenders are tied for fourth with two shutouts each.
Pee Dee leads the league with five shutouts while Long Beach and Wheeling are tied for second with four shutouts each. Eight teams (Bakersfield, Charlotte, Dayton, Greenville, Johnstown, Mississippi, San Diego and Trenton) have not recorded a shutout. Wheeling has been shut out a league-leading four times while Alaska, Dayton, Las Vegas Reading and Texas have been shut out three times each. Eight teams (Atlantic City, Bakersfield, Charlotte, Gwinnett, Johnstown, Toledo, Trenton and Victoria) have not been shut out.