Zapolski named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week


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.


Runners Up: Mark Guggenberger, Alaska (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save pct.) and Tyler Beskorowany, Idaho (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .968 save pct.).


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).



Oct. 12-14 Marc CheverieElmira Jackals
Oct. 15-21Josh RobinsonIdaho Steelheads
Oct. 22-28Mike LeeGwinnett Gladiators
Oct. 29-Nov. 4Chris CarrozziOntario Reign
Nov. 5-11Mike LeeGwinnett Gladiators
Nov. 12-18 Philipp GrubauerReading Royals
Nov. 19-25Thomas HeemskerkSan Francisco Bulls
Nov. 26-Dec. 2Ryan ZapolskiSouth Carolina Stingrays
Dec. 3-9Cody ReichardStockton Thunder
Dec. 10-16Nathan LieuwenGreenville Road Warriors
Dec. 17-23Peter DelmasWheeling Nailers