April 10, 2015
Jeff Lerg and Tyler Barnes earn ECHL honors
Lerg Selected To All-ECHL Second Team
He has a new Walleye record for wins in a single season and now goaltender Jeff Lerg has been selected to the All-ECHL Second Team.
Lerg is currently tied for the ECHL lead in wins with 31 this season while posting the second best goals against average (2.32) and the third best save percentage (.921). His four shutouts this season are a Toledo Walleye record and they are tied for second most in the ECHL. He has set new career highs this year in minutes played (2,535) and appearances (43). Lerg was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month in November for going 7-0-1 with a 2.65 goals against average and .922 save percentage and he just recently picked up Goaltender of Week honors March 16-22 (3-0-0-0, 0.65 GAA and .975 SVP).
"Jeff was a huge part of our success this year. He is a winner and that is what he has done for us all season. He has won hockey games," said Head Coach Derek Lalonde.
Lerg spent the last three seasons playing in France and Italy. The native of Livonia, Michigan posted a goals against average of 3.32 with a save percentage of .910 last season while between the pipes for Villard-de-Lans in France and was named French League "Best Goaltender". He has also played a full season the ECHL with Trenton in 2010-11 season in which he appeared in 27 games with a 12-12-1 record, a 3.15 GAA and a .903 SVP.
Prior to turning professional, Lerg had four seasons at Michigan State University. In his time as a Spartan, the 5'6", 165 pound goaltender scooped many league awards including the 2005-06 CCHA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team member, plus 2006 CCHA Tournament MVP. In 2006-07, he helped lead the Spartans to the NCCA Championship. He won 78 games over four seasons, including a career best 26 during the 2006-07 season. Lerg finished his collegiate career with a 78-51-17 record, a 2.37 GAA and a .920 SVP.
2014-2015 All-ECHL Second Team
- G - Jeff Lerg, Toledo Walleye (43 gp, 31-8-3, 2.32 GAA, .921 save pct.)
- D - Cameron Burt, Florida Everblades (61 gp, 6g, 41a, 47 pts., +35)
- D - Aaron Gens, Allen Americans (69 gp, 8g, 45a, 53 pts., +23)
- F - Adam Brace, Florida Everblades (68 gp, 33g, 35a, 68 pts., +27)
- F - Brendan Connolly, Alaska Aces (60 gp, 31g, 46a, 77 pts., +15)
- F - Gary Steffes, Allen Americans (63 gp, 44g, 29a, 73 pts., +31)
Barnes Named To ECHL All-Rookie Team
2014-15 has been a special season for the Toledo Walleye players and the accolades continue to come down as the ECHL announced its 2014-15 All-Rookie Team featuring forward Tyler Barnes.
Barnes leads the Walleye and all ECHL rookies in points with 69. He ranks second to teammate Shane Berschbach (42) in assists with 40 and he is third for first year players in goals (29). His ten power play goals are also the most for a rookie and he is tied for first with 17 power play points. The native of Burnsville, Minnesota has been deadly in the shootout as well leading all rookies with six shootout goals this year (in 8 attempts).
"A well-deserved recognition for Tyler," Said Head Coach Derek Lalonde. "He has improved vastly throughout the season and has been a consistent point producer to help lead our team."
Barnes was named ECHL Rookie of the Month for December when he had seven goals and ten assists. Prior to turning professional, the 24 year old forward spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He scored 45 goals with 58 assists in 152 games for the Badgers.
2014-2015 ECHL All-Rookie Team
- G - Roman Will, Fort Wayne Komets (27 gp, 15-8-4, 2.45 GAA, .919 save pct.)
- D - Justin Baker, Allen Americans (67 gp, 9g, 28a, 37 pts., +19)
- D - Steven Shamanski, Elmira Jackals (68 gp, 14g, 24a, 38 pts., -1)
- F - Derek Army, Wheeling Nailers (68 gp, 27g, 34a, 61 pts., +5)
- F - Tyler Barnes, Toledo Walleye (68 gp, 29g, 40a, 69 pts., +16)
- F - Jason Bast, Idaho Steelheads (52 gp, 30g, 22a, 52 pts., +23)
Since the ECHL began naming the All-Rookie Team in 2000-01, 16 players selected have gone on to play in the National Hockey League: Richard Bachman (2009-10), David Desharnais (2007-08), Cedrick Desjardins (2006-07), Kevin Doell (2003-04), Brian Fahey (2003-04), Vern Fiddler (2002-03), Simon Gamache (2001-02), Mike Glumac (2002-03), Philipp Grubauer (2011-12), Adam Hauser (2002-03), Jason Jaffray (2002-03), Anton Khudobin (2007-08), Zenon Konopka (2002-03), Kael Mouillierat (2010-11), Ben Street (2010-11) and Joey Tenute (2004-05).