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POWER RANKINGS: All-Time Leaders in Shutouts

Thursday, March 2nd
POWER RANKINGS: All-Time Leaders in Shutouts

This is the weekly edition of Idaho Steelheads Power Rankings, where we at IdahoSteelheads.com will see where the Steelheads and their players rank among the best of the best in the ECHL.

Landon Bow is having a stellar season in his first tour of duty with the Steelheads! That’s been even clearer during this road trip, when he’s locked down two 1-0 shutouts in his last three appearances. Those scoreless outings, the first two of Bow’s career, give Steelheads fans plenty to be excited about with the playoffs around the corner. Now let’s take a look at the Steelheads’ all-time leaders in shutouts during the ECHL era!

5) Matt Climie – Idaho Steelheads (2008-09); 4 Shutouts

Matt Climie spent just one season in Idaho, but it was certainly one that turned heads. The second-year pro appeared in 42 games for the Steelheads, going 27-12-1 with four shutouts. On March 25th and 28th of that season, Climie recorded shutouts in consecutive appearances with 3-0 and 6-0 wins over the Ontario Reign at CenturyLink Arena. Climie is one of the 24 Steelheads to make it to the NHL, playing five games in his career with four in a Dallas Stars uniform and one with the then-Phoenix Coyotes. Three of Climie’s NHL appearances actually came with Dallas during that 2008-09 season, with Climie going 2-1-0. Climie is currently playing for in Germany. His four shutouts with Idaho remained a personal best until he recorded six with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2012-13.

4) Richard Bachman – Idaho Steelheads (2009-10); 4 Shutouts

Another NHLer makes the list, with Richard Bachman recording four shutouts in just 35 appearances for the Steelheads during the 2009-10 season. Bachman was an ECHL All-Star that season, and by year’s end was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team after leading the league in goals-against average with teammate Rejean Beauchemin right behind him. Bachman actually had five shutouts as a Steelhead, adding one in the post-season as he went 6-1-1 during the Steelheads’ run to the Kelly Cup Final. Bachman would make his NHL debut with Dallas the following season, and he’s gone on to play in 42 NHL games for the Stars, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks. Bachman is currently in Vancouver after being recalled from AHL Utica on February 28th.

3) Josh Robinson – Idaho Steelheads (2012-14); 5 Shutouts

Josh Robinson got plenty of ink last year when he had the best season of his career and earned ECHL Goaltender of the Year honors, but he was among the league’s best goaltenders in a Steelheads uniform as well. Robinson manned the nets for 62 games in Idaho over two seasons, racking up all five of his shutouts during the 2012-13 season as a rookie and adding one more in the playoffs. Robinson ranks in the top-5 among Steelheads goaltenders in ECHL history in games, wins, saves, and save percentage. Still a member of the Mavericks, Robinson has accumulated eight regular-season shutouts in his professional career.

2) Jack Campbell – Idaho Steelheads (2014-2016); 5 Shutouts

Jack Campbell was sent down to the Idaho Steelheads from AHL Texas twice, and each time it was clear he wouldn’t be there for long. Campbell had a seven games stint in Idaho in February on 2015, and promptly went 5-2-0 with a shutout before being called up again. On December 30th of 2015, Campbell was with the Steelheads again for the first start of a longer visit, this time a 20-game stay during which Campbell was arguably the ECHL’s best goaltender. Campbell went 14-5-1 with four shutouts and raced to the top of nearly every statistical category among qualified goaltenders. In addition to his shutouts, Campbell held opponents to one goal seven times, and actually lost one of those decisions. Campbell was also at his best during two of Idaho’s crucial wins over the Utah Grizzlies at Maverik Center, earning two 1-0 shutout victories with one requiring him to stop 40 shots and all three shootout attempts. Campbell is currently in the LA Kings’ system, appearing in one NHL game this year and going 25-12-0 for the Ontario Reign.

1) Steve Silverthorn – Idaho Steelheads (2005-08), 10 Shutouts

Among the best goaltender in Steelheads history, Steve Silverthorn is Idaho’s all-time ECHL leader in games played, wins, and saves, as well as the Steelheads’ ECHL leader in shutouts. Silverthorn earned eight shutouts in 99 appearances for Idaho during his first two seasons, including five shutouts in 2006-07 and three more in the playoffs en route to MVP honors and Idaho’s second Kelly Cup Championship. Silverthorn pitched back-to-back 1-0 shutouts in that playoff run, blanking the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 6 of the second round and then quieting the Alaska Aces in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. Silverthorn would pitch two more shutouts the following year in 22 outings. His playing days now over, Silverthorn is still working in high-level hockey. He currently serves as an assistant coach at Bentley College, a Division I program.

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