Stingrays goalie logging shutouts in 6-game win streak

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Stingrays have been the hottest team in the ECHL lately with six straight wins and a powerhouse in the nets.

Most nights, Jeff Jakaitis is tending the nets for the Stingrays, but when he takes a night off, the team brings in even more experience in David Leneveu.

"I knew the team was having success, not having played down here before. I was excited to see what it was all about. Obviously the coaching staff is running a good ship here," said Leneveu.

And its been smooth sailing so far in the Stingrays journeyman netminder LaNeveu.

In his first two games with the Rays on Ice, he's registered two shutouts, stopping all 63 shots he's faced thus far. The Cornell grad's poise may be attributed to his success during his 8-year career.

Twenty-two of his professional games he's played have been in the NHL. His most recent trip at the top was in 2011 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

And the team is tapping into that experience.

"They come and ask you how things are, or how was it. I even give them a little bit of insight of how things are and little steps they need to take to help move them along in their careers," he said.

Playing in Charleston, he's the seasoned veteran, the old guy on the ice.

"It's funny; most of my career, I was always the young kid. These last couple years I've been closer to the old guy, and now I am the old guy," Leneveu said.

Teammate and ECHL player of the week Andrew Cherniwchan says the team{} might not get the puck past Leneveu, but they do get in a few shots of humor.

"Everyone loves to give him a jab here and there but it's all in fun, kind of keep it light around here. We got two good goalies right now and that's a huge part as to why we are winning," said Cherniwchan.

And even at the ripe old age of 30, Leneveu wants his career to keep going, whether that's in Charleston and helping the Stingrays on another title quest, or playing in the AHL or NHL.

"If I didn't love playing the game, I wouldn't be here. I love to play the game. I'm not ready to hang 'em up yet. I hopefully got another ten more years in me," he said.

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