Stingrays re-sign goaltender Jakaitis
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jeff Jakaitis.
The Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.
After joining the Stingrays in December of last season, Jakaitis, 30, earned an 8-5-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and one shutout in 17 appearances. During the 2011-12 campaign, the Rochester, Minnesota, native went 17-6-2, finished second in the ECHL with a 2.03 goals-against average and led the league with a .930 save percentage in 26 games with the Gwinnett Gladiators, earning him the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award. Jakaitis also led the ECHL with five shutouts and tied a league record with three consecutive shutouts from Dec. 17-28, all against the Stingrays. Entering his seventh professional season, Jakaitis saw American Hockey League action with the Portland Pirates and Worcester Sharks, appearing in 10 total games from 2008-11.
Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound goaltender attended Lake Superior State University for three seasons picking up a 35-48-14 record, a 2.38 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 100 games.