Jakaitis named CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week


Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the CCMECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 1-7. It is the sixth time in his career that Jakaitis has won the weekly honor, tying Jason Saal for the most Goaltender of the Week awards in ECHL history.


Jakaitis went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.00 goals-against average and a save percentage of .966 in two appearances last week.


The 31-year-old stopped all 17 shots he faced in a 5-0 win at Elmira on Friday and made 40 saves in a 4-2 victory at Reading on Saturday.


A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis is 5-1-1 with two shutouts in seven appearances this season and is tied for fifth in the league with a 2.26 goals-against average and is tied for ninth with a .916 save percentage.


Jakaitis has appeared in 173 career ECHL games with Columbia, Charlotte, Gwinnett and South Carolina posting an overall record of 89-54-23 with 18 shutouts, which is tied for third all-time in league history, a 2.47 goals-against average and a save percentage of .921. Last season, he was named ECHL Goaltender of the Year for the second time in three seasons, joining Scott Stirling (2000-01 and 2003-04) as the only two-time winners in the award’s history.


He has also posted a 5-3-1 record in 10 career American Hockey League games with Portland and Worcester.


Runners Up: Jeff Malcolm, Greenville (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .963 save pct.) and Joel Martin, Kalamazoo (1-0-0, 1.15 GAA, .967 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Frans Tuohimaa (Bakersfield), Trevor Cann (Brampton), Pat Nagle (Fort Wayne), Maxime Lagace (Missouri), Jussi Olkinuora (Ontario), Kent Simpson (Stockton), Jeff Lerg (Toledo) and Joe Howe (Utah).



Oct. 17-19Joe CannataOntario Reign
Oct. 20-26Jeff MalcolmGreenville Road Warriors
Oct. 27-Nov. 2Allen YorkFlorida Everblades
Nov. 3-9Joel MartinKalamazoo Wings
Nov. 10-16Riley GillAllen Americans
Nov. 17-23Shane OwenStockton Thunder
Nov. 24-30Trevor CannBrampton Beast