The South Carolina Stingrays look to extend a pair of ECHL record winning streaks tonight when they play the second game of a seven-game road trip at Toledo. Face-off from Huntington Center is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Visit ECHL.TV to watch tonight’s game.
The Stingrays’ 22-game winning streak makes them just the second team in professional hockey history to post a winning streak of at least 20 games, joining the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals, who won their final 28 games of the 2011-12 regular season and went on to capture the 2012 Calder Cup title.
South Carolina’s 22 straight games without a regulation loss is the second-longest streak in ECHL history, just one game off the league record of 23, set by the 2007-08 Texas Wildcatters, who went 18-0-5 from Nov. 18, 2007-Jan. 12, 2008.
Also on the line tonight is the Stingrays’ ECHL-record 12-game road winning streak.
The Stingrays began their streak with a 7-1 win at Greenville on Feb. 7. South Carolina had been just 1-7-2 in the 10 games leading up to the first win of the streak, and was 18-18-7 on the season, sitting in sixth place in the East Division and 10 points out of a playoff spot.
Thanks to the winning streak, the Stingrays have improved their overall record to 40-18-7 for 87 points.
South Carolina has outscored its opponents 95-32 during the streak, and has won 19 of the 22 games in regulation. Each of the Stingrays’ last two wins have come in dramatic fashion. On Saturday at home against Cincinnati, Caleb Herbert scored the tying goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation and then added the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as South Carolina prevailed 5-4. Wednesday at Cincinnati, the Stingrays trailed 3-1 midway through the third period, but goals from Derek DeBlois and Rob Bellamy, the latter coming with 1:10 left regulation, sent the game to overtime. In the eighth round of the shootout, Patrick Gaul scored for the Stingrays and Jeff Jakaitis stopped the Cylcones’ attempt to preserve the win. The Stingrays have allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and have shutout their opponents six times.
Jakaitis looks to extend his own personal 14-game winning streak, which is an ECHL record for longest winning streak by a goaltender.