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Duchesne, Helenius save the day for Mississippi

Friday, 12.19.2008 / 9:49 AM / ECHL Report

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"At one point, I didn’t think they were going to get more shots, and every time I said that they just kept getting more and more. It was entertaining, to say the least."
-- Jeremy Duchesne, Mississippi Sea Wolves goalie

It's certainly not uncommon for a goaltender to steal the show, and ultimately a hockey game. But what Jeremy Duchesne did for the Mississippi Sea Wolves last Saturday was nothing short of larceny.

The 22-year-old -- who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round of the 2005 Entry Draft -- made 60 saves in a 4-2 victory against the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

That's right … the score was 4-2. The game ended in regulation, as the Sea Wolves allowed 62 shots in 60 minutes.

"I was just trying to take it one minute at a time, one puck at a time," Duchesne told NHL.com. "At one point, I didn’t think they were going to get more shots, and every time I said that they just kept getting more and more. It was entertaining, to say the least."

It couldn't have been as entertaining for Mississippi coach Steffon Walby, especially when you consider that his Sea Wolves allowed 51 shots the night before in a 4-2 win at Gwinnett. Riku Helenius made 49 saves for Mississippi in that victory.

"At the beginning of the year, we had all those shots against but we were also firing the biscuit on net," Walby said. "Now, we're starting to get outshot 2-1, 3-1. It's starting to concern me, but at the same time, what do you do?"

While Duchesne stopped all 22 shots he faced in the second period, Walby was more impressed with his goaltender's efforts in the third. The Silver Spring, Maryland native stopped 19 of 20 in the final 20 minutes.

"He was on," Walby said. "The third period was actually more impressive because they were higher-quality scoring chances. The second was a lot of power-play slappers from the top. They were visible the whole way. But he was pretty unconscious."

"They were shooting from everywhere," Duchesne said. "They weren't all quality shots. They just take shots from everywhere -- off-angle shots, point shots, shots from the red line … they were from everywhere all game long. It did get tiring after a while, but I did feel pretty good that night. It didn't bother me at all."

Despite the tremendous amount of work, Duchesne managed to enjoy a nice dinner with his significant other afterward. He also managed to lose his normal amount of weight.

For his efforts, Duchesne was named the Reebok ECHL Goaltender of the Week. The 60 saves broke a franchise record of 59 saves set by Brad Guzda on Mar. 28, 1998 at Pensacola.

"I actually thought I would have been a lot more tired after, but it wasn't so bad," said Duchesne, who also said it was the most shots he's ever faced in a regulation game. "I was tired, but it wasn't as bad I was expecting. I don't think I lost more (weight) than usual, which was surprising."

Almost as surprising as the fact that the Sea Wolves won a pair of regulation games despite allowing a combined 113 shots.
"I actually thought I would have been a lot more tired after, but it wasn't so bad." -- Jeremy Duchesne, Mississippi Sea Wolves goalie
"It's nice to get the victory," said Walby, whose team sits in third place in the South Division at 13-11-3. "What I told them was there's ugly wins and there's pretty losses. That was an ugly win. I think 20 of those shots were on second opportunities. He was great."
   
B2 Networks Launches B2CableTV.com -- B2 Networks, the official broadband broadcast provider of the ECHL, announced the launching of B2CableTV.com, a free 24-hour cable-style network dedicated to broadcasting sports and entertainment to viewers worldwide.

Just as digital cable offers the choice of multiple channels on home television, the technological innovation of B2CableTV.com will allow fans and consumers to watch hundreds of TV-style programming channels on the internet. 

"B2 Networks were pioneers in first broadcasting the Las Vegas Wranglers and the ECHL in 2004, so it is only fitting that the ECHL be the first channel broadcast as well," ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. "B2 Network has been a great partner and innovator, and we look forward to working with them in this new endeavor."

To watch ECHLTV, fans can go to B2CableTV.com and click on the "Hockey" tab. Viewers will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Microsoft Windows Media Player to watch the network. All events on ECHLTV are free of charge and available 24 hours a day.

Around the ECHL -- Reading Royals forward Max Taylor was promoted to AHL Toronto. He had 5 goals in four games for the Royals. … Victoria Salmon Kings forward Wes Goldie will look to join an exclusive club on Friday night, as he aims to become just the fifth player in ECHL history to score three or more goals in three straight games. The Salmon Kings host the Alaska Aces in a West Division showdown. … Ontario Reign goalie Jeff Zatkoff and center Dustin Collins were recalled by AHL Manchester, while Bakersfield Condors goaltender Dave McKee was promoted to Iowa. … South Carolina Stingrays forward Travis Morin was named the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week after tallying 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in just two games.

Contact Brian Compton at: bcompton@nhl.com.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after their 4-3 OT win vs. Pittsburgh in Game 2, the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory