Jakaitis named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month


Jeff Jakaitis of the South Carolina Stingrays is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for October. It is the third time in his ECHL career that Jakaitis has won the monthly goaltender honor (October 2008 and December 2011), tying him for the most among goaltenders in ECHL history.


The 30-year-old went 4-0-1 in five appearances in October with a 1.58 goals-against average and a save percentage of .938.


Jakaitis began the season by earning ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors, after stopping 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss at Reading on Oct. 19 and then making 25 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Royals on Oct. 20. He made 24 saves in a 2-1 win at Greenville on Oct. 25, stopped 21 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Road Warriors on Oct. 26 and ended the month with 22 saves in a 4-2 win against Orlando on Oct. 29.


A native of Rochester, Minn., Jakaitis is 6-0-1 in seven appearances this season, leading the ECHL in wins, while ranking eighth in both goals-against average (1.70) and save percentage (.937).


Jakaitis has appeared in 133 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Gwinnett, Charlotte and Columbia posting an overall record of 66-41-20 with 13 shutouts, a 2.54 goals-against average and a save percentage of .921. Jakaitis was the 2012 ECHL Goaltender of the Year while with Gwinnett, and tied the ECHL record with three consecutive shutouts from Dec. 17-28, 2011.


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


Runners Up: Joni Ortio, Alaska (3-1-0, 1.01 GAA, .944 save pct.) and Mike Clemente, Evansville (3-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .959 save pct.).


Also Nominated: Rob Madore (Cincinnati), Jesse Deckert (Florida), Cody Reichard (Fort Wayne), Louis Domingue (Gwinnett), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo), Michael Hutchinson (Ontario), Christopher Gibson (Orlando), Tyler Beskorowany (San Francisco), Mac Carruth (Toledo) and Igor Bobkov (Utah).