03 Mar 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. – Alaska’s Marek Schwarz is the Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Feb. 18-24.
The Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic native was 4-0-0 with three shootout wins, a 2.12 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in four games to help the Aces extend their winning streak to seven games and move to within two points of third place in the West Division.
After stopping 27 shots in a 4-3 win at Fresno on Feb. 19, Schwarz made 25 saves and then stopped five of seven shooters in the shootout for a 2-1 win against National Conference leader Las Vegas on Feb. 22. He returned the next night against the Wranglers and had 26 saves before stopping two of four shooters in the shootout for a 4-3 win. The following night, starting his third game in three days, the 21 year old stopped 24 shots in regulation and overtime before turning aside five of seven in the shootout for a 3-2 win over Las Vegas on Feb. 24.
Drafted in the first round (17th overall) by St. Louis in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Blues, the 6-foot and 180-pound netminder is 6-0-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in six games with the Aces since being reassigned on Feb. 16 from Peoria in the American Hockey League where he is 9-10-2 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage in 23 games.
He has played two games in the NHL with St. Louis each of his first two seasons and in 2006-07 he was 19-13-0 with a shutout, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage in 34 games with Peoria.
Runners up: Gerald Coleman, Augusta (1-0-0, 1.05 GAA, .956 save pct.) and David Shantz, Florida (2-0-0, 1.93 GAA, .934 save pct.).
Also Nominated: Jeremy Duchesne (Dayton), Jake Moreland (Fresno), Craig Kowalski (Gwinnett), Mike Brodeur (Pensacola), Jonathan Quick (Reading), Davis Parley (South Carolina), Jason Smith (Trenton) and Michael Mole (Utah).