Jakaitis named ECHL Goalie of the Month

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South Carolina Stingrays goalie Jeff Jakaitis has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for October.

The monthly award is Jakaitis’ third of his ECHL career, which is tied for the most in ECHL history. The Rochester, MN, native went 4-0-1 in five appearances in October with a 1.58 goals-against average and a save percentage of .938 and holds an overall record of 6-0-1 in seven appearances, leading the ECHL in wins and ranking eighth in both goals-against average (1.70) and save percentage (.937).

The Stingrays are tied for first place in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with a 7-0-1 mark this season.

“Jeff has gotten off to a great start and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that we’re come out of the gates pretty quickly as a team,” said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery. “Jeff is a consummate professional that gives our team a chance to win every night.”

Jakaitis, 30, began the season by earning ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors after stopping 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss at Reading on Oct. 19 and then making 25 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Royals on Oct. 20. He made 24 saves in a 2-1 win at Greenville on Oct. 25, stopped 21 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Road Warriors on Oct. 26 and ended the month with 22 saves in a 4-2 win against Orlando on Oct. 29.

Jakaitis has appeared in 133 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Charlotte and Columbia posting an overall record of 66-41-20 with 13 shutouts, a 2.54 goals-against average and a save percentage of .921. Jakaitis was the 2012 ECHL Goaltender of the Year while with Gwinnett, and tied the ECHL record with three consecutive shutouts from Dec. 17-28, 2011.

Jakaitis has also posted a 5-3-1 record in 10 career American Hockey League games with Portland and Worcester.



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