This was going to be a big year for South Carolina Stingrays goalie Adam Morrison.
Morrison, 24, was in the final year of his NHL-entry level contract with the Boston Bruins and after two injury-plagued seasons needed to start producing on the ice.
Morrison, a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009, has done that and then some.
“There was a lot of pressure on Adam coming into this year and he’s really risen to the challenge and exceeded expectations,” said South Carolina coach Spencer Carbery. “Adam is having a great season for us and I couldn’t be happier for him because he’s worked so hard and had to overcome some injuries the past two seasons.”
Morrison missed a month of his rookie season with back problems and had season-ending hip surgery a year ago after just two starts for the Stingrays.
Morrison is having his best season as a professional career and was named the ECHL’s Goalie of the Week.
Morrison went 3-0-0 with two shutouts, a 0.33 goals-average and .985 save percentage in three appearances last week to help the Stingrays push their winning streak to a season-high six games.
The White Rock, British Columbia, native made 30 saves in a 5-1 win at Greenville Tuesday, stopped all 19 shots faced in a 3-0 victory against Gwinnett Friday and blocked all 17 shots the following night in a 5-0 win at Gwinnett.
He enters the week with a shutout streak of 122:51.
“Adam was outstanding this past week for us,” Carbery said. “He was great against Greenville in a game we really needed to win and then came up huge for us against Gwinnett.”
In 21 contests with the Stingrays this season, Morrison leads the ECHL with a 1.88 goals-against average, is tied for the lead with four shutouts and tied for second with a .927 save percentage. In 47 career ECHL games, he posted an overall record of 22-17-6 with four shutouts, 2.87 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.