Jeff Zatkoff is in uniform and just left the ice after taking part in pregame warmups for the Reign, who drop the puck at 7 p.m. against the Bakersfield Condors at CBBA. That’s good news for the Reign, who didn’t know how long they would be without their No. 1 goaltender.
It’s not clear yet if he will start, though; John Murray played very well in the Reign’s last outing, making 42 saves on 44 shots in a 4-2 win in Stockton on Wednesday.
Ontario Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, still recovering from a groin injury sustained last Friday in Fresno, pronounced himself “doubtful” for tomorrow’s game in Stockton. John Murray is the probable starter and Dennis Cook suited up in practice Tuesday. Cook is the former Long Beach Ice Dogs emergency backup who was in uniform with the Reign during the preseason, before Zatkoff and Kellen Briggs arrived.
More details in Wednesday morning’s editions of the Sun and Bulletin.
The Reign were swept out of Fresno tonight, taking a 1-0 loss on the heels of Friday’s 5-2 defeat. More importantly, goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, who started Friday but left with a groin injury, isn’t seriously hurt according to Executive VP of Business Operations Justin Kemp.
The Ontario Reign, proud affiliate of the NHL Los Angeles Kings and the AHL Manchester Monarchs have teamed up with the American Red Cross to hold a Southern California Fire Victims Relief Drive on Friday, November 28, to help aid victims devastated by the recent Southern California fires.
– Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff 36 of the 39 shots he faced in the loss.
– Jon Rheault currently holds a 4-game point streak with his assist in Friday’s match (2g, 5a = 7 points) (11/5-11/15)
– Maxime Boisclair holds a 4-game point streak with his assist in Friday’s match (1g, 3a = 4 points) (11/8-11/15)
– Francisco brought the Reign even 15 seconds into a power play at 12:38 of the third period. It took a perfect pass from Boisclair, from the opposite faceoff circle to Francisco, who was waiting on the doorstep.
– The Reign embark on a three-game road trip beginning next Friday in Fresno.
It’s military appreciation night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, but the scheduled 4:30 p.m. fly-over was cancelled due to fires in the area. Reign hockey is still set for a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Stockton Thunder, and the live music outside (courtesy of Amy Scruggs) sounds nice.
Upland’s most famous hockey player, recent Reign cut Itan Chavira, might want to call up his former tryout compadres Mike Thomson, C.J. Tozzo and Alex Redmond if he’s looking for quick employment.
The Reign still haven’t won through two games in Utah, falling 3-2 in a shootout Friday night to the Utah Grizzlies. (Itan Chavira fans, voice your frustrations now).
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.
I spoke to Itan Chavira on the phone during the Reign’s 3-2 loss to the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday night. He says he’s been released from his contract, but will stay with the Reign until Sunday when the team flies back to Ontario.