The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 20 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL), announced today that goaltender Ryan Zapolski has been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for December 24-30.
Zapolski, 26, recorded two shutouts in both appearances last week, stopping 26 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators Friday night and turned in a 23-save performance in a 3-0 win against the Wheeling Nailers Saturday evening. The Erie, Pennsylvania, native leads the ECHL with a 1.65 goals-against average and .939 save percentage and is tied for the lead with three shutouts. Zapolski also claimed the weekly award earlier this season for the week ending December 2.
In 32 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Toledo and Kalamazoo, Zapolski posted an overall record of 20-9-1 with five shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Prior to turning pro, Zapolski skated for four seasons at Mercyhurst College appearing in 109 games going 48-43-11 with eight shutouts, a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.