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CCM AHL Goaltender of the Month: Penguins’ Jeff Zatkoff

CCM AHL Goaltender of the Month: Penguins’ Jeff Zatkoff

Jeff Zatkoff has been rewarded for helping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins turn this season around, earning CCM AHL Goaltender of the Month honours for a near-perfect November run.

In nine November appearances, Zatkoff went 8-1-0 with a 1.21 goals-against average, a .955 save percentage and three shutouts to help the Baby Penguins climb back into the thick of the race in the Eastern Conference.

Jeff Zatkoff got on a November roll. (Scott Slingsby photo)

Zatkoff allowed a total of 11 goals on 244 shots over the month, which began on Nov. 2 with a 33-save shutout in his return to Manchester, where he had played the previous three seasons (InGoal photographer Scott Slingsby was on hand and filed photos from that game).

Zatkoff then made a season-high 37 saves to beat Bridgeport 5-3 on Nov. 4, and came back with a 1-0 shootout of Binghamton three days later, stopping all 32 shots in regulation and overtime plus six of eight in the shootout. After stopping 18 of 20 shots in his only loss of the month, Nov. 9 in Hershey, Zatkoff won his final five starts in November, including a shutout in Hershey on Nov. 21 and a 31-save effort against Toronto on Nov. 24.

A fifth-year pro out of Miami University (Ohio), Zatkoff ranks second in the AHL in wins (10), fourth in goals-against average (1.81) and sixth in save percentage (.930) in 15 appearancesthis season. The 25-year-old was a third-round draft by Los Angeles in 2006 and has a record of 62-50-6 with 11 shutouts in 129 career AHL games. Zatkoff, who participated in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic last season, signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2012.

In recognition of his achievement, Zatkoff will be presented with an etched crystal prior to an upcoming home game.

About The Author

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.

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