CHARLOTTE, NC—The ECHL announced today that Charlotte Checkers netminder Ryan Munce has been named the Reebok ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 7-13.
The 24 year old went 2-0-0 with a shutout and stopped 79 of 80 shots he faced, giving him a goals-against average of 0.50 and save percentage of .988 over two games in Florida. It is the third time in his five-year career that Munce has taken home Goaltender of the Week honors.
Munce, who leads the Checkers with five wins, earned his first shutout of the season by blocking all 47 shots in a 3-0 win at Florida on Saturday after making 32 saves in a 4-1 win against the Everblades on Friday. He is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 0.45 in his last three games to improve to 5-2-0 overall.
In 2008-09, while playing for the now-defunct Mississippi Sea Wolves, he led the ECHL in games played (54), minutes (3,219), shots against (2,024), saves (1,852) and shootout wins (6).
In 182 career ECHL games, the 6-foot-2 goaltender from Mississauga, Ontario has compiled a 89-69-15 record with a 2.92 GAA and .916 save percentage. He has also appeared in 13 games in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch.
Before joining the pro ranks, Munce tended goal for three seasons for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2003 World Under-18 Championships.
The Checkers (14-7-3-0) will return to Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to host South Carolina. Game time is 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com.
Notes: Ryan Munce has stopped 83 of the last 84 shots he has faced…Mike Harder has two goals in four games since joining the team…T.J. Reynolds leads all ECHL defensemen with 97 penalty minutes and 11 fighting majors and leads the Checkers with a +14 rating…In Friday’s game, Randy Rowe played in his 500th pro game and Harder his 600th…Andrew Carroll and Derek Couture remain on loan to Hartford, Daniel Tkaczuk is with Syracuse, Matt Ford remains with Lake Erie (AHL) and defenseman Ethan Graham is with Norfolk (AHL)…Trevor Glass, Codey Burki and Aaron Slattengren are on the 21-day injured reserve.