He was also named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
The 27 year old went 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.33 and a save percentage of .954 in three consecutive starts against Elmira. Caruso started the week off by recording 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Elmira on March 26 before registering his first shutout of the season in Trenton’s 5-0 win over the Jackals on March 27. Caruso capped the week off by stopping 34 of 36 shots as the Devils went on to beat Elmira 5-2 on March 28.
This season, Caruso is 20-20-2 with a shutout, a 3.06 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 45 games for Trenton. He is third in the ECHL with 1,313 saves and fourth with 2,590 minutes played.
Caruso began his ECHL career in 2006-07 and has recorded a 56-47-11 record with a goals-against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .909 in 118 regular-season games with Trenton and Gwinnett while going 1-2-0 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for Trenton.
The Queens, N.Y. native has spent time in the American Hockey League where he has a 9-19-0 record with a goals-against average of 3.45 and a save percentage of .887 in 33 regular-season games for Chicago and Lowell.
He played four seasons at The Ohio State University compiling a 52-32-9 record with a goals-against average of 2.07 and a save percentage of .919 in 96 appearances for the Buckeyes. Honored as team MVP his junior and senior seasons, Caruso was selected to the 2004 CCHA All-Tournament Team as a sophomore, leading the Buckeyes to victory in the Mason Cup Championship.
Runners Up: Richard Bachman, Idaho (1-1-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save pct.) and Matt Dalton, Reading (2-0-1, 1.95 GAA, .949 save pct.).
Also Nominated: Billy Sauer (Alaska), Jeremy Smith (Cincinnati), Adrien Lemay (Florida), Ryan Nie (Kalamazoo), Curtis Darling (Ontario), Shane Connelly (South Carolina), Alec Richards (Toledo), Mikko Koskinen (Utah) and Glenn Fisher (Victoria).