The South Carolina Stingrays announced that goaltender Ryan Zapolski was named the ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player last night during the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game in Loveland, Colorado. The ECHL All-Stars defeated the Colorado Eagles 7-3.
Zapolski, 26, stopped all 17 shots he faced in the second period and became the fourth goaltender to earn ECHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors joining former Stingray Cory Cadden (1994), Frank Doyle (2005) and Adam Berkhoel (2007).
The Erie, Pennsylvania, native currently leads the ECHL with a 1.91 goals-against average and .929 save percentage and is tied for the lead with three shutouts. In 19 appearances with the Stingrays this season, Zapolski registered a 1.90 GAA, .930 save percentage and a record of 11-8-0. Prior to turning pro, he 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.
The Stingrays battle the Idaho Steelheads for the first time on home ice Friday, January 25 at 7:05 p.m. the North Charleston Coliseum.