Gwinnett’s Jakaitis named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

PRINCETON, N.J. – Jeff Jakaitis of the Gwinnett Gladiators is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 12-18. It is the third time in his ECHL career that he has won the weekly award.

 

The 28-year old was 3-0-0 with one shutout, a goals against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .964 as the Gladiators won three games against South Division opponents.

 

Jakaitis stopped 28 shots on Thursday, leading the Gladiators to a 4-2 win over Florida. On Friday, he made 29 saves in a 2-1 victory over South Carolina, and followed that up by recording a 23-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Stingrays on Saturday.

 

A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis is 8-3-1 on the season. He is tied for the ECHL lead with a .941 save percentage, is tied for second with two shutouts and is third with a 1.90 goals-against average.

 

Under contract to Rochester of the American Hockey League, Jakaitis has appeared in 95 career ECHL games with Charlotte, Columbia and Gwinnett posting an overall record of 43-33-14 with nine shutouts, a 2.69 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920. 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: Jason Missiaen, Greenville (1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .949 save pct.) and Riley Gill, Kalamazoo (2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .929 save pct.).

 

Also Nominated: Allen York (Chicago), Kyle Jones (Colorado), Timo Pielmeier (Elmira), Jerry Kuhn (Idaho), Joe Palmer (Reading) and Thomas McCollum (Toledo).

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS


WEEK WINNER TEAM
Oct. 14-16 Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces
   
Oct. 17-23Gerald ColemanAlaska Aces
   
Oct. 24-30Andrew EngelageUtah Grizzlies
   
Oct. 31-Nov. 6Philipp GrubauerSouth Carolina Stingrays
   
Nov. 7-13Nic RiopelGreenville Road Warriors
   
Nov. 14-20Olivier RoyStockton Thunder
   
Nov. 21-27Darcy KuemperOntario Reign
   
Nov. 28-Dec. 4Brian StewartElmira Jackals
   
Dec. 5-11Jason MissiaenGreenville Road Warriors