WICHITA, KS – Just six weeks into his professional career, the accolades are beginning to come in for Wichita Thunder netminder Shane Starrett. Monday, the ECHL named him the league’s Rookie of the Month for November.
Here is the press release, courtesy of the ECHL:
The 23-year-old went 4-1-2 with a 1.68 goals-against average and a save percentage of .924 in seven appearances during the month.
A native of Bellingham, Mass., Starrett allowed two goals or less in four of his seven outings while making at least 24 saves six times, including a season-high 41 stops in a 6-2 win at Kansas City on Nov. 10.
Under a National Hockey League contract with the Edmonton Oilers, Starrett is 7-1-2 in 10 appearances with the Thunder this season. He is tied for third in the ECHL with a .930 save percentage and ranks fifth with a 2.27 goals-against average.
Prior to turning pro, Starrett saw action in 70 games over two seasons at the Air Force Academy posting an overall record of 42-15-9 with nine shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average and a save percentage of .924.”
The Edmonton Oilers product joins Kyle Platzer as the other Thunder player to receive league accolades this season. Platzer was named the league’s player of the month for October.
Starrett is currently up with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League, while the Edmonton Oilers deal with an injury to their star netminder Cam Talbot. It’s not clear when Talbot might return to the Oilers’ lineup, but when that happens, Starrett is likely to return to the Thunder lineup.
In his stead, head coach Malcolm Cameron signed Shane Owen this past weekend. Owen began the season overseas playing for Bofors IK of the Swedish Elite League. Despite his team’s struggles, Owen had a goals-against average of 2.88 and .902 save percentage. Overall in the ECHL, Owen has a career mark of 58-60-13, a 2.99 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
Wichita returns to action Wednesday night when they host the Kansas City Mavericks for the first time this month.