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Gwinnett's Jakaitis named ECHL Goaltender of the Month

PRINCETON, N.J - Jeff Jakaitis of the Gwinnett Gladiators has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for December. 

 

Jakaitis was 5-2-1 with three shutouts, a 1.12 goals-against average and a save percentage of .959 in eight appearances during December.

 

Twice during the month, Jakaitis earned ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors, winning the award for the weeks ending Dec. 18 and Jan. 1. Jakaitis recorded three consecutive shutouts during the month, making 23 saves in a 1-0 win at South Carolina on Dec. 17, turning aside 21 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Stingrays on Dec. 26 and stopping 27 shots in a 3-0 win against South Carolina on Dec. 28. Jakaitis had a shutout sequence of 215:31, 20 minutes shy of the league record.

 

A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis is 10-4-0 this season and leads the ECHL with four shutouts, a 1.66 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. His four shutouts are tied for the Gwinnett club record, set by Michael Garnett in 2003-04.

 

Under contract to Rochester of the American Hockey League, Jakaitis is 45-34-14 with 11 shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 98 career ECHL games with Gwinnett, Charlotte and Columbia. He has also has appeared in 10 career AHL games with Portland and Worcester going 5-3-1 with a 3.27 goals-against average and a save percentage of .901.

 

Runners-Up: Gerald Coleman, Alaska (4-1-1, 1.32 GAA, .953 save pct.) and Joe Fallon, Las Vegas (7-1-0, 2.28 GAA, .917 save pct.).

 

Also Nominated: Brian Foster (Cincinnati), Paul Dainton (Chicago), Kyle Jones (Colorado), Brian Stewart (Elmira), Pat Nagle (Florida), Jason Missiaen (Greenville), Jerry Kuhn (Idaho), Riley Gill (Kalamazoo), Mark Owuya (Reading), Daren Machesney (South Carolina), Thomas McCollum (Toledo) and Shane Owen (Utah).

 

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MONTH PLAYER TEAM
     
October
Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces
     
November Philipp Grubauer South Carolina Stingrays