Photo: South Carolina Stingrays
The Washington Capitals prospect pool received some great news. South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 28 saves to help his team win 4-0 over the Greeneville Swamp Rabbits, earning him his second professional shutout.
Vanecek was strong early in the game, making 13 saves in the first period and helped keep the score tied going into the second period. Then in the second period, defenseman Ryan Ruikka scored his first ECHL goal to put the Stingrays up to a 1-0 lead. Forward Kelly Zajac extended the lead at the 17:25 mark by scoring on a tap-in play.
Marcus Perrier would secure the win for the Stingrays by scoring two goals in the third period. Vanecek’s performance against the Swamp Rabbits earned him 13th win of the season and has now won six straight starts.
Vanecek has been on fire as of late. He’s been quick on the glove preventing pucks from flying past him and has made some stellar blocker pad saves. His overall save percentage is 0.914 and has improved his overall GAA with a 2.13 rating. His skill in the crease shows signs of progress compared to his performance early in the season.
With his current success with in the ECHL, Vanecek is slowly becoming one of the Capitals best prospects and could possibly move up to the AHL and play with the Hersey Bears next season.
By Andrei Poleshchuk