Gwinnett goaltender Jeff Jakaitis tied the ECHL record with his third consecutive shutout in the Gladiators 3-0 win over South Carolina last night.
Jakaitis began his streak with 23 saves in a 1-0 win at South Carolina on Dec. 17 and followed that up with 21 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Stingrays on Monday. Last night he turned aside all 27 shots he faced to record his league-leading fourth shutout of the season.
The 28-year-old Jakaitis is the fifth goaltender in the 24-year history of the ECHL to record three consecutive shutouts joining Hampton Roads’ Darryl Paquette (March 25, 28 and 29, 1997) Trenton’s Andrew Allen (Feb. 5, 17 and 14, 2003), Pee Dee’s Sebastien Laplante (Nov. 13 and 14, 2004 and Jan. 1, 2005) and South Carolina’s Shane Connelly (Feb. 19, 20 and 21, 2010).
Paquette holds the ECHL record for longest shutout sequence by a goaltender at 236:03. Jakaitis last allowed a goal in the third period of Gwinnett’s game at South Carolina on Dec. 16, and currently holds a shutout sequence of 185:25, and is 50:38 short of the league record entering Gwinnett’s game against Florida on Friday.