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Penguins Recall Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Zatkoff, 25, has posted a 21-19-0 record in 43 games for WBS this season. He currently leads the AHL with a 2.00 goals-against average, while his .919 save percentage ranks 13th in the league.

Prior to joining the Penguins organization as an unrestricted free agent this year, the 6-foot-3, 179-pound Zatkoff played four seasons in the Los Angeles Kings organization for their top minor-league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

Zatkoff, a native of Detroit, Michigan, played in 114 career games with Manchester, going 52-45-6 while posting a 9.15 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. Last year, he posted a 21-17-1 record, 2.49 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 44 regular-season games – earning him an AHL All-Star Game berth.

Zatkoff played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Miami University (Ohio) from 2005-08, going 55-21-5 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His best season came as a junior when he went 27-8-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage when he was a CCHA Second-Team All-Star. He was also named CCHA All-Conference honorable mention as a sophomore and conference rookie of the year as a freshman.

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