Munce Named Rbk Hockey ECHL Goalie of the Week

(ECHL.com release) Ryan Munce of the Johnstown Chiefs is the Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Mar. 26-Apr. 1, 2007.

The Mississauga, Ontario native was 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .960 to help the Chiefs go 4-0-0 to move into the fifth and final playoff spot in the North Division with 70 points (32-31-6).

After stopping 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win at Cincinnati on Mar. 27, the 21-year-old made 24 saves in a 6-1 win against Toledo on Mar. 30 and closed out the week stopping 23 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against Cincinnati on Apr. 1.

Since being assigned to Johnstown after he was traded from the Los Angeles King to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 21, the 6-foot-2 and 185-pound Munce is 5-3-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a save percentage of .916 in 13 games. He began the season with Reading and was 5-6-4 with a goals-against average of 3.30 and a save percentage of .884 in 17 games for the Royals.

Selected in the third round (82nd overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to Tampa Bay, Munce led the ECHL as a rookie in 2005-06 with 3,234 minutes, 1,705 saves and eight shootout wins and was 30-18-5 with a goals-against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .919 in 55 games with Bakersfield. He was 5-5-0 with a goals-against average of 3.36 and a save percentage of .889 to help Bakersfield advance to the division finals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Prior to turning professional, Munce played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League where he was 55-56-14 with five shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.98 and a save percentage of .912 in 136 regular season games for Sarnia.

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Making Morgan Cey expendable

Making Morgan Cey expendable and maybe opening up a spot for Beech?

They mustve told him he cant

They mustve told him he cant have his girlfriend in the stands :)

I don't think it makes Cey

I don't think it makes Cey expendable. He is the only reason the Chiefs made the playoffs. They will be deep in goal, hopefully one of them gets a shot at the backup position next year, assuming they move Denis or Holmer...

VK and Beech

Beech might've played himself a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the mop up work he did in Springfield. My guess he did.

If the Bolts are able to convince VK to come to NA, then Cey is the odd man out. And the TBL is VERY HIGH on VK, so the offer may be too good for VK to pass on.

TBL - Holmer + Ramo
NFK - VK + Boutin
JHN - Munce + Beech

I wonder how the goaltending

I wonder how the goaltending situation is going to look when Helenius, Ramo, and Koshechkin are all NHL ready, as all of them have the ability to be number one guys in the big show.

If they all live up to potential, all 3 would be too good to be used for backup duty. This will hopefully be a good problem for Tampa in the future.

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