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      Stingrays' Zapolski named ECHL 'Goaltender of the Week'

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Stingrays announced Wednesday that goaltender Ryan Zapolski has been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 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 Dec. 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.{}The Stingrays are on the road Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday,{}Jan.{}5 against the Gwinnett Gladiators and Greenville Road Warriors at 7:35 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. before returning home on Sunday,{}Jan.{}6 to face the Everblades at 3:05 p.m. on Kid's Day at the North Charleston Coliseum.{}

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