Stingrays rally, extend winning streak to 22 games

Rob Bellamy scored the tying goal with 1:10 remaining in regulation and Patrick Gaul scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give the South Carolina Stingrays a 4-3 shootout win at Cincinnati on Wednesday, extending their ECHL record winning streak to 22 games, and their league record road winning streak to 12 in a row.

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis stopped 10 of 13 shots through overtime, and preserved the win with a save on MacKenzie Weegar‘s shootout attempt in the eighth round, to earn his 14th straight win, setting a new ECHL record.

It was the second straight game against Cincinnati that South Carolina forced overtime late in regulation. On Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum, Caleb Herbert tied the score with 1:12 remaining in the third period.

South Carolina’s win, coupled with Elmira’s loss to Fort Wayne, allowed the Stingrays to clinch a postseason berth for the 21st time in their 22 ECHL seasons.

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. The Stingrays have allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and have shutout their opponents six times.