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Jakaitis repeats as Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year


The ECHL on Thursday announced that
Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the recipient of the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year award for 2014-15.

The Warrior Hockey Goaltender of the Year award is presented annually to the goaltender selected to be the best at his position as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.

Jakaitis also won the award in 2011-12 while with Gwinnett and last year with the Stingrays, becoming the first goaltender in ECHL history to win the Goaltender of the Year award three times. It is also the third consecutive year that a South Carolina goaltender has captured the award after Ryan Zapolski won in 2012-13.

Jeff Lerg of Toledo finished second, followed by South Carolina’s Adam Morrison, Garret Sparks of Orlando and Idaho’s Olivier Roy.

The winner of the CCM Most Valuable Player award will be announced on Friday.

Jakaitis, who was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week, led the ECHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and seven shutouts, which is tied for the second most in a single-season in ECHL history. He finished the season second in the league with a .924 save percentage and was sixth with 23 wins.

A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis set three ECHL records during the course of the season as he posted four consecutive shutouts from March 7-20, went 321:46 without allowing a goal and won 16 consecutive decisions from Feb. 15-April 2.

Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Year Award Winners

     
YEAR GOALIE TEAM
     
2015 Jeff Jakaitis South Carolina Stingrays
     
2014 Jeff Jakaitis South Carolina Stingrays
     
2013 Ryan Zapolski South Carolina Stingrays
     
2012 Jeff Jakaitis Gwinnett Gladiators
     
2011 Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces
     
2010 Todd Ford South Carolina Stingrays
     
2009 J.P. Lamoureux Alaska Aces
     
2008 Anton Khudobin Texas Wildcatters
     
2007 Adam Berkhoel Dayton Bombers
     
2006 Matt Underhill Alaska Aces
     
2005 Chris Madden Long Beach Ice Dogs/Florida Everblades
     
2004 Scott Stirling Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
     
2003 Alfie Michaud Peoria Rivermen
     
2002 Frederic Cloutier Louisiana IceGators
     
2001 Scott Stirling Trenton Titans
     
2000 Jan Lasak Hampton Roads Admirals
     
1999 Maxime Gingras Richmond Renegades
     
1998 Nick Vitucci Toledo Storm
     
1997 Marc Delorme Louisiana IceGators
     
1996 Alain Morissette Louisville RiverFrogs
     
1995 Chris Gordon Huntington Blizzard
     
1994 Cory Cadden Knoxville Cherokees