I spent some time this week with Kevin St. Pierre for a story that's going to appear Tuesday, and he had some very interesting things to say about shutouts. He said he never thinks about them because you have to be lucky to get them, and he pointed out Quad City's 2-0 shutout of the Komets last week. Look how many posts we hit, he said. I remember a crossbar and two posts.
So fast forward to Saturday night and St. Pierre needs one shutout to break a tie with Joe Dimaline for the all-time UHL career shutouts record at 15. I counted three times when the Vipers hit posts, and a couple of other times when Kevin was screened and the puck just hit him.
The shutout also ties Frenchy was Robbie Irons for the Komets career record, depending on how you count them. Irons has 12 regular-season and two playoff shutouts for 14. Frenchy has 13 regular-season and one playoff shutout. There's some dispute because usually you don't count playoff shutouts, but that's the way the Komets total has been kept for years.
By the way, St. Pierre said earlier in the week he'd rather have Robbie's record for Komets shutouts than the UHL mark. It would mean more to him because of the respect he has for Irons, he said. Pretty classy, but then you've have to have class to be able to take a record from a class guy, too.