ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and the AHL Manchester Monarchs announced Thursday that Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff
is the CCM Vector ECHL Rookie of the Month for October.
Selected in the third round (74th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Kings, the 21 year old was 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.20 and a save percentage of .935 as the Reign began their inaugural season 4-2-0.
He won his first professional game by making 29 saves in a 2-1 win at Bakersfield on Oct. 18. He improved to 3-0-0 after making 28 saves in a 4-2 win at Las Vegas on Oct. 23 and stopping 34 shots in a 4-1 win against Las Vegas in Ontario’s home opener on Oct. 25. He closed out the month making a career-high 37 saves in a 3-2 win at Phoenix.
Zatkoff was named Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 20-26 after finishing as runner up for the award for Oct. 17-19.
He played the last three years at Miami (Ohio) University where he was 55-21-5 with seven shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.93 and a save percentage of .927 in 82 games.
The Reign take on the Grizzles in the second game of a 3-game match-up on Friday, Nov. 7 at the E-Center and return home on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for their first game of the season against the Stockton Thunder at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. Puck drops at 7 p.m.