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Zatkoff Named Reebok/AHL Goaltender Of The Month

Monarchs netminder tabbed with monthly honor

Wednesday, 01.04.2012 / 6:53 PM / Prospects
Manchester Monarchs

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, and the American Hockey League announced today that Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has been named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December.  In seven appearances during the month, Zatkoff went 5-2-0 with a 1.70 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage.
 
Zatkoff stopped 209 of 221 shots in December as the Monarchs continued to battle for first place in the Eastern Conference.  His month was highlighted by a 38-save effort in a 2-1 shootout win over the Worcester Sharks on December 4, and a 40-save performance in a 3-1 win over the Sharks on December 18.  Zatkoff has not allowed more than three goals in any of his last 16 outings.
 
A third-round draft pick by the Kings in 2006, Zatkoff owns a 10-4-1 record for the Monarchs this season, including a 6-0-1 mark on home ice, and currently ranks third in the AHL with a 2.04 goals-against-average and second with a .935 save percentage.  The 24-year-old native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his fourth professional season and is 41-32-6 with five shutouts in 87 career AHL appearances.
 
In recognition of his achievement, Zatkoff will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Monarchs home game.