Jeff Zatkoff stops 30 of 32 shots in 3-2 win over Blackhawks

 

Backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made his first preseason start and had a solid game, stopping 30 of 32 shots in the Penguins 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Zatkoff was 2-for-2 in the shootout, stopping Brandon Pirri and Bryan Bickell. Upfront, the Blackhawks dressed few NHL regulars. Zatkoff was strong in challenging pucks and seemed to be seeing the puck well. “It’s nice to come in and play well,” Zatkoff said. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity a longtime. I’ve always believed in my self.”

WBS Report: Have the Penguins found an NHL caliber goaltender in Jeff Zatkoff?

 

WBS REPORT The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (10-7-0) are surging, defeating the Toronto Marlies 2-1 on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. A power play goal by Riley Holzapfel (5) with 2:49 left in regulation was the difference in the game. Simon Despres (2) also scored in the win. Wilkes Barre is 8-2-0 in their last ten games and have won four straight at home. Rebounding from an 0-4 start, the story of the season so far for Wilkes Barre has been the play of No. 1 netminder Jeff Zatkoff who the Penguins targeted this past summer from the Los Angeles Kings farm system, an organization that boast a deep group of goaltenders. Still just 25 years old, have the Penguins found a young NHL caliber goaltender they have lacked to develop in their system behind Marc Andre Fleury?