SAVANNAH, GA – The horn blew, the fans shuffled out, and I was left overlooking the empty ice after another Savannah loss; this time to the Orlando Solar Bears. I thought about how I could take my time to craft another stock standard game recap for tonight: address what has turned into an abysmal December record (1-9-2), or talk about another Savannah lead lost in the third period. However, by the time anyone reads this article, I realized it would be Christmas Eve, and instead of unwrapping an article about a struggling team, I opted to highlight someone on the Ghost Pirates’ roster that has stayed a consistent spark for both Savannah the team and their fans. His name is Isaiah Saville, but to the hockey world, he is known as the Mayor of Save-Ville.
This Anchorage, Alaska native has become something of a legend to the Savannah fan base, and you would be hard-pressed to look around Enmarket Arena and not spot a jersey representing his number of 31. Saville has become synonymous with Savannah hockey, and for good reason too.
Saville is currently fourth in the ECHL with a save percentage on the year of .929 (while notably having more minutes played than any other goalie in that category who is above him). His overall losing record for the year, 4-7-4, is nowhere near indicative of his play on the ice, as he has faced a whopping 589 shots against this year, good for third-most in the league.
Savannah is last in the league in shots allowed per game, averaging 38.73 per game. Part of this is due to the system they run defensively, which forces their opposition to the corners of the blue line to take the least dangerous shots possible and keeps them out of the slot.
Furthermore, if we take a look at his ability to shut down high-octane chances, you can see why this Vegas Golden Knights prospect is touted as one of Vegas’ most exciting prospects.
A solid example of both his ability under pressure, and his ability to spot the puck at will, is evident below. This was a five-on-three power play where Saville not only turned aside four point-blank shots before losing his stick, but blocked the fifth shot without said stick.
— Savannah Ghost Pirates (@SavGhostPirates) December 24, 2022
Saville’s production with Savannah has not only caught the eyes of his fellow teammates, coaches, or fans, but it has also been touted by some of the people in Vegas who pay the most attention to the Golden Knight’s prospect pool. One such fan is Jack Manning, who has been a trusted source for information regarding the Vegas Golden Knights’ prospects umbrella in the twitter-sphere and beyond.
Isaiah Saville (#VegasBorn 2020 5th round) has a .949 Save% through 10 games. That leads all goalies in the ECHL (minimum 10 games played).
For context, Logan Thompson sported a .929 in 32 games at the same age in the same league. https://t.co/m9rqoeQt6T
— Jack Manning (@NHLJackManning) December 9, 2022
While the story of Savannah’s inaugural season is still being written, one thing is very clear: the team’s success starts with Saville. His stability and presence in net allows gives them the ability to try and piece things back together as they look to come out of the Christmas break a much-improved team.
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