Jeff Zatkoff update, etc.

Head coach Karl Taylor has never seen Jeff Zatkoff play, but he has this advice for fans curious about the newest member of the Ontario Reign:

“He was number one in save percentage, number one in goals-against average, playing for the highest level of college hockey in America. Usually that means you’re pretty good.”

Zatkoff (stats here) hasn’t hit the Inland Empire yet, and Taylor doesn’t expect him here in time to play Friday’s exhibition opener at Center Ice Arena against Bakersfield. When he does arrive, Taylor said he will not keep three goalies on the roster, meaning former Long Beach Ice Dogs backup Dennis Cook is the likely odd man out.

Taylor said that defenseman Dustin Collins has arrived from San Antonio.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.