Shots on Goal: Worcester’s Hutton vs Manchester’s Zatkoff
The Worcester Sharks handed the Monarchs their third straight defeat on the weekend with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon. The loss for the Monarchs (41-23-3-6, 91 points) drops them to second place in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Portland Pirates.
Speaking of pirates, in addition to photos of the crease battle between Carter Hutton and Jeff Zatkoff, the game provided a first glimpse of what has quickly become my new favorite mask: the pirate-themed lid worn by Sharks prospect Harri Sateri (pictures 15 and 16), who recently arrived from his native Finland after his SM-liiga season with Tappara Tampere ended.
As good as Sateri’s mask looks, the early reviews on his play are almost as impressive.
Sateri, 21, was drafted by San Jose in the fourth round, 106th overall, in 2008, and played 49 games with Tampere this season, going 21-22-4 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. The 6-foot-1 stopper made quite an impression on Worcester coach Roy Sommer, who told reporter Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette the newcomer reminded him of a young Miikka Kiprusoff, who broke into North American professional hockey under Sommer in Kentucky of the old IHL.
Sateri, whose move from Finland sent Tyson Sexsmith back to the ECHL, told the newspaper he’s here to stay.
“I want to play. I came over to get my career here started,” Sateri, who did attend San Jose’s training camp before going back home, told the Telegram & Gazette
“The game will be a lot different. The rinks are smaller, the game is faster and it’s more physical.”
As for his playing partner, Hutton has played well since Sharks prospect Alex Stalock suffered a season-ending skate cut (and the shark on the top of Hutton’s isn’t bad either), and continued that trend during this game:
Hutton (8-4-2) and the Sharks built a 3-0 lead after two periods and had to hold on as the Monarchs tried to mount a comeback in the third scoring two goals in the first six and a half minutes. The rookie netminder held the down the fort for the rest of the game and finished with 37 saves earning him second star of the game.
Zatkoff (18-14-5) dropped his 14th game of the season stopping 25 of 28 shots. Through 40 games Zatkoff”s goals-against average stands at 2.69 with a save percentage of .909.