With the run he's enjoyed lately -- 5-0-1, 1.48 goals-against average and .955 save percentage -- Alaska Aces goaltender Mark Guggenberger would normally be lording it over all the other masked men in the ECHL.
But what Ryan Zapolski is doing for the South Carolina Stingrays is so stupid-good it's practically insane.
All Zapolski did tonight was rack his third consecutive shutout, stopping 27 shots in a 3-0 win over Greenville, which he bageled Friday night with 32 stops in a 2-0 win. Before that, he needed only 15 saves at Orlando to send the Solar Bears packing 3-0.
The three straight shutouts ties a league record previously reached by five other goaltenders.
Zapolski owns four shutouts in his last six starts and he has seven this season, which ties him for second all-time and leaves him just one shy of tying the league single-season record of eight, which the Aces' Jean-Philippe Lamoureux bagged in 2008-09. Zapolski's seven shutouts are more than twice as many as any other ECHL goaltender -- Guggenberger's three shutouts tie him for second on the circuit.
Zapolski, who went 2-0-0 for Gwinnett before going to South Carolina, is 20-9-0 overall with a league-leading 1.69 goals-against average and league-leading .939 save percentage.
The ECHL record for lowest goals-against average in a season is 1.67 by Danny Sabourin of Wheeling in 2004-05. The ECHL record for highest save percentage in a season is .945 by Frederic Cloutier of Louisiana in 2001-02.
In the last four games, Zapolski has given up just one goal and owns a save percentage of .991 (116 saves on 117 shots) and a goals-against average of 0.25 in that stretch.
He is currently working on a shutout streak of 184 minutes, 17 seconds. The league record is 236:03 by Darryl Paquette of Hampton Roads in 1996-97.
As for Zapolski -- just stupid, ridonkulous numbers.