PRINCETON, N.J. – Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 24-30. It is the second time this season that he was won the weekly award after also winning for the week ending Dec. 2.
The 26-year-old posted shutouts in both of appearances last week, stopping all 26 shots in a 4-0 win at Gwinnett on Friday and turning aside 23 shots in a 3-0 victory against Wheeling on Saturday.
A native of Erie, Pa., Zapolski is 12-5-0 in 17 appearances this season, and leads the ECHL with a 1.65 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead with three shutouts.
Zapolski has appeared in 32 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Toledo and Kalamazoo, posting an overall record of 20-9-1 with five shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .929.
Prior to turning pro, Zapolski played four seasons at Mercyhurst College where he appeared in 109 games and went 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.
Also Nominated: Maxime Clermont (Elmira), Paul Karpowich (Evansville), Ken Reiter (Fort Wayne), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo), Joe Fallon (Las Vegas), John Curry (Orlando), Philipp Grubauer (Reading), Thomas Heemskerk (San Francisco), Tyler Bunz (Stockton), Kent Simpson (Toledo) and Andrew Engelage (Utah).
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|Oct. 12-14||Marc Cheverie||Elmira Jackals|
|Oct. 15-21||Josh Robinson||Idaho Steelheads|
|Oct. 22-28||Mike Lee||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|Oct. 29-Nov. 4||Chris Carrozzi||Ontario Reign|
|Nov. 5-11||Mike Lee||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|Nov. 12-18||Philipp Grubauer||Reading Royals|
|Nov. 19-25||Thomas Heemskerk||San Francisco Bulls|
|Nov. 26-Dec. 2||Ryan Zapolski||South Carolina Stingrays|
|Dec. 3-9||Cody Reichard||Stockton Thunder|
|Dec. 10-16||Nathan Lieuwen||Greenville Road Warriors|
|Dec. 17-23||Peter Delmas||Wheeling Nailers|