The South Carolina Stingrays look to extend a pair of ECHL record winning streaks tonight when they open a seven-game road trip at Cincinnati. Face-off from U.S. Bank Arena is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Read a preview of the game from The Post & Courier by clicking here. Visit ECHL.TV to watch tonight’s game.
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.
South Carolina’s 21-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest streak in ECHL history with the 1995-96 Richmond Renegades who had a 15-0-6 run that season. The league record is a 23-game unbeaten streak set by the 2007-08 Texas Wildcatters, who went 18-0-5 from Nov. 18, 2007-Jan. 12, 2008.
Also on the line tonight is the Stingrays’ ECHL-record 11-game road winning streak.
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 39-18-7 for 85 points. South Carolina can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win and an Elmira loss or an overtime/shootout loss coupled with an Elmira regulation loss.
South Carolina has outscored its opponents 91-29 during the streak, and has won 19 of the 21 games in regulation. The Stingrays have allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and have shutout their opponents six times.
Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis looks to set an ECHL record tonight for longest winning streak by a goaltender. Jakaitis has won his last 13 games, which is tied with Daniel Berthiaume, who won 13 consecutive games for the Roanoke Express during the 1994-95 season.