Sparks named CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week


Garret Sparks of the Orlando Solar Bears is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Feb. 2-8.


Sparks went 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.67 goals-against average and a save percentage of .977 in three appearances last week.


The 21-year-old made 27 saves in a 3-1 win at Gwinnett on Tuesday, stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory at Greenville on Thursday and had 23 saves in a 4-1 win at Gwinnett on Saturday.


Under an NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sparks has appeared in 20 games with the Solar Bears this season posting a 12-3-1 record with three shutouts, a 2.34 goals-against average – which is fifth in the league – and a league-leading .936 save percentage. He has gone 10-1-1 in his last 12 decisions, allowing two goals or less in nine of those games.


A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Sparks has seen action in 30 career games with Orlando going 16-9-1 with four shutouts, a 2.51 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929. He has posted an 11-6-5 record in 26 career appearances with Toronto of the American Hockey League, including his first career AHL shutout with a 23-save performance on Dec. 28, 2014.


Prior to turning pro, he played three seasons with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League where he went 71-48-9 with 12 shutouts, a 2.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909.


Runners Up: Clarke Saunders, Colorado (3-0-1, 1.95 GAA, .933 save pct.), Travis Fullerton, Elmira (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .958 save pct.) and Parker Milner, Quad City (2-0-0, 1.03 GAA, .959 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Johan Gustafsson (Alaska), Pat Nagle (Fort Wayne), Kent Patterson (Gwinnett), Henri Kiviaho (Idaho), Mac Carruth (Indy), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo), Spencer McLay (Ontario), Danny Battochio (Rapid City), Connor Knapp (Reading), Adam Morrison (South Carolina), Jeff Lerg (Toledo) and Igor Bobkov (Utah).



Oct. 17-19Joe CannataOntario Reign
Oct. 20-26Jeff MalcolmGreenville Road Warriors
Oct. 27-Nov. 2Allen YorkFlorida Everblades
Nov. 3-9Joel MartinKalamazoo Wings
Nov. 10-16Riley GillAllen Americans
Nov. 17-23Shane OwenStockton Thunder
Nov. 24-30Trevor CannBrampton Beast
Dec. 1-7Jeff JakaitisSouth Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 8-14Joel MartinKalamazoo Wings
Dec. 15-21Jason MissiaenGreenville Road Warriors
Dec. 22-28Sam BrittainCincinnati Cyclones
Dec. 29-Jan. 4Olivier RoyIdaho Steelheads
Jan. 5-11Roman WillFort Wayne Komets
Jan. 12-18Ryan FaragherUtah Grizzlies
Jan. 19-25Mac CarruthIndy Fuel
Jan. 26-Feb. 1Connor KnappReading Royals