South Carolina winning streak reaches 23 straight

The South Carolina Stingrays continued their run through the ECHL record books on Friday, defeating the Toledo Walleye 5-3 to extend their record winning streak to 23 games, and their record road winning streak to 13 in a row.

The 23 games in a row without a regulation loss ties the ECHL record set by the Texas Wildcatters who had an 18-0-5 run during the 2007-08 season.

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made 31 saves to extend his personal ECHL record with his 15th straight win.

Trailing 3-2 midway through the third period, Derek DeBlois pulled the Stingrays even with his second goal of the night at 11:57 and Wayne Simpson recorded the game-winning tally at 15:49. Andrew Rowe added an empty-net goal at 18:55 to set the final.

South Carolina is just the second team in professional hockey history to have 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 season.

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 41-18-7 for 89 points.

South Carolina has outscored its opponents 100-35 during the streak, and has won 20 of the 23 games in regulation. The Stingrays have allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and have shutout their opponents six times.