Coming off the bench to make eight saves in the final 19:38 of a 5-0 loss against Reading on Sunday, Wheeling’s Dany Sabourin extended his streak without allowing a goal to 210:02. Wheeling hosts Reading on Thursday before traveling to Reading on Friday and returning home to host Peoria on Sunday.
The ECHL record is 236:03 by Darryl Paquette of Hampton Roads, who did not allow a goal from March 23-April 2, 1997, including a league record three consecutive shutouts March 25-29, 1997. Trenton’s Andrew Allen tied the record for consecutive shutouts with three from February 5-14, 2003 and he had a scoreless streak of 199:40 from February 5-15, 2003.
Under contract to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, the 24-year-old Sabourin is 4-1-0 in six games and leads the league in goals-against average (0.91) and shootout wins (2). He is tied for the league lead in wins (4) and shutouts (2) and ranks second in save percentage (.970).
The streak began on October 30 following a goal by Toledo with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. After making two saves in overtime, Sabourin stopped eight of nine shooters in the Nailers’ 2-1 shootout win. He made 32 saves in regulation and one save in overtime before stopping all five shooters in the shootout to give Wheeling a 2-1 win over Atlantic City on October 31. The Atlantic City goal was inadvertently scored by the Nailers, who knocked the puck into the empty net vacated by Sabourin on a delayed penalty. Sabourin was named Reebok Hockey ECHL Saver of the Week after going 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 0.46 and a save percentage of .985.
After making 34 saves in a 2-0 win at Dayton on Friday, Sabourin made 30 saves in a 2-0 win against Reading on Saturday, tying him for the league lead with two shutouts.