What’s at stake for Stingrays

The South Carolina Stingrays extended their ECHL record winning streak to 20 games on Friday with a 4-0 win against Indy. If you missed the game, you can see the highlights by clicking here, and read coverage from The Post & Courier by clicking here.

South Carolina hosts Cincinnati tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Coverage of the game begins at 6:50 p.m. on ECHL.TV.

Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis made league history last night by recording his fourth consecutive shutout, which is a new league record. He also stretched his ECHL record shutout streak to 319:32, which is the second longest shutout streak in modern professional hockey history. Jakaitis surpassed the American Hockey League record of 304:11 that was set earlier this month by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Matt Murray. The modern record of 332:01 was set by Brian Boucher of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season while the all-time professional hockey shutout record is held by Alex Connell of the Ottawa Senators, who posted 460:49 of shutout hockey in 1927-28.

Jakaitis leads the ECHL with six shutouts this season and is within three shutouts of the league’s all-time record of 25, held by 2013 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Marc Magliarditi.

Last night’s win was Jakaitis’ 12th straight win, moving him into a tie for second all-time in league history with Knoxville’s Cory Cadden, who had a 12-game winning streak during the 1993-94 season. Roanoke’s Daniel Berthiaume holds the all-time record with a 13-game winning streak in 1994-95.

The Stingrays are just the second team in professional hockey history to post 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 regular season and went on to capture the 2012 Calder Cup title.

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 38-18-7, and with 83 points, they are just seven points behind division-leading Florida.

South Carolina has outscored its opponents 86-25 during the streak, and has won 19 of the 20 games in regulation. The Stingrays have allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and have shutout their opponents six times.

Following tonight’s game against the Cyclones, South Carolina opens a seven-game road trip on Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Stingrays are on an 11-game road winning streak, which is also an ECHL record.