The awards continue to roll in for South Carolina Stingrays goalie Ryan Zapolski.
One day after being selected to the ECHL All-Rookie team, Zapolski was named to the ECHL’s First Team, Thursday afternoon.
Zapolski is just the sixth player in Stingrays history to be named to the ECHL First Team. Zapolski joins former Stingray goalie Todd Ford (2010), forward Travis Morin (2009), defenseman Chris Hynnes (1998), forward Ed Courtenay (1997) and forward Mike Ross (1997) as first-team selections.
Zapolski, 26, is 26-11-2 this season and leads the ECHL with a 1.66 goals-against average, and a .942 save percentage and eight shutouts. Zapolski’s eight shutouts ties a single-season ECHL mark.
The Erie, Penn., native has allowed two goals or less in 33 of his 39 appearances this season.
Zapolski joins former Stingrays goalie Philipp Grubauer (2011-12) and forward Joey Tenute (2004-05) on the ECHL’s All-Rookie team.
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.
Zapolski was also named the MVP of the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game and is a three-time ECHL Goaltender of the Week selection and two-time ECHL Goaltender of the Month selection (December and February).
Zapolski is expected to be named the ECHL Goalie of the Year next week (April 4) and is under strong consideration for the league’s MVP award.
Don’t know if you guys saw it last night, but Tyler McNeely didn’t play for Lake Erie. Still trying to get word in that was a healthy scratch or if it was an injury. Will update as soon as I know.