Gladiators Jakaitis named ECHL goalie of year

Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Year on Thursday, despite missing the last two months of the season with a knee injury.

Jakaitis is the first Gladiators goaltender in team history to win the award. He had a 17-6-2 record at the time of his injury, suffered in a collision with Greenville's Brandon Wong on Feb. 4. Jakaitis set a new franchise record with five shutouts in a season. He finished the season tied for the league's best save percentage (.930) and was second with a goals-against average of 2.03.

The Rochester, Minn., native was twice named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week (Dec. 12-18 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1) and was December's ECHL Goaltender of the Month. Jakaitis was also named to the All-ECHL first team a week ago.