Shots on Goal: Providence’s Khudobin vs Manchester’s Zatkoff
Fourteen rounds sounds more like a Heavyweight fight than part of a hockey game but that’s what it took to settle a 2-2 tie between the Monarchs and P-Bruins. Anton Khudobin emerged as the winner as the baby B’s came out on top 3-2.
Khudobin (22-12-1 total) is paying dividends these days for the P-Bruins earning his fourth straight victory Thursday night. Dobby was a last minute addition to the Bruins roster at the end of the trading deadline when they shipped defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent (RFA) rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen to Minnesota.
The trade for Khudobin meant a big shuffle for the teams goaltenders as Matt Dalton swapped places with Michael Hutchinson and was sent back to the ECHL Reading Royals. Veteran backstop Nolan Schaefer has since been loaned out the Hershey Bears.
The Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhst native stopped 34 of 36 shots in regulation and 10 of 14 shots on the shootout
Zatkoff backstopped the Monarchs to a team record 14 round shootout, the previous record was 12 rounds against the Lowell Lock Monsters in 2005, but come out on the losing end when P-Bruins Forward Lane MacDermid scored the final goal. Zats record drops to 15-12-5 with a GAA of 2.86 and a Save % of .904. He made 31 saves in regulation and 9 saves in the shootout.