NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jeff Jakaitis made 35 saves to set an ECHL record with his fourth straight shutout, sending the South Carolina Stingrays to their 20th consecutive victory with a 4-0 win over the Indy Fuel on Friday night.
Jakaitis extended his league-record shutout streak to 319:32. He leads the ECHL with six shutouts, and has not allowed a goal since 3:01 into the first period of a 5-1 win against Gwinnett on March 6.
The 31-year-old Jakaitis has 22 career shutouts, just three behind ECHL career leader Marc Magliarditi. The shutout streak is the second-longest in professional hockey history, trailing only Brian Boucher, who went 332:01 without allowing a goal for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes in the 2003-04 season.
Jakaitis won his 12th consecutive game, moving into a tie for second in league history with Knoxville's Cory Cadden, who also had a 12-game streak during the 1993-94 season. Roanoke's Daniel Berthiaume holds the league mark with a 13-game streak in 1994-95.
South Carolina, an affiliate of the NHL's Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, became the second team in professional hockey history to win at least 20 games. The Stingrays joined the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, who won their final 28 games of the 2011-12 regular season.
The Stingrays began their streak with a 7-1 win at Greenville on Feb. 7, outscoring opponents 86-25 during the stretch, with 19 of the 20 games won in regulation. South Carolina has allowed two goals or less 16 times during the streak, and shut out their opponents six times.