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Alexander: Plenty of goaltending depth for Reign

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By Jim Alexander

  • Ontario’s Jack Campbell makes a save on San Diego’s Scott Sabourin, as Alex Lintuniemi defends, during last spring’s playoffs. (Photo by Mark Dustin, contributing photographer)

  • Ontario Reign rookie goaltender Cal Petersen. (Courtesy of Ontario Reign)

    Ontario Reign rookie goaltender Cal Petersen. (Courtesy of Ontario Reign)

  • Jeff Zatkoff, then with the Kings, and the New York Rangers' Michael Grabiner fight for the puck behind the net during a game last January at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Jeff Zatkoff, then with the Kings, and the New York Rangers’ Michael Grabiner fight for the puck behind the net during a game last January at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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ONTARIO — It’s no small irony. Last spring the Ontario Reign ran out of goaltenders in what turned out to be the final game of a playoff run.

Heading into this season’s opener, Saturday night in San Antonio, Ontario has a surplus.

Jack Campbell, 25, is the incumbent, after 52 starts with 31 victories and a 2.52 goals-against average in 2016-17. Cal Petersen, 22, is the rookie, with 23 wins and a 2.22 goals-against in 40 games at Notre Dame last season. Both are highly regarded prospects by the Kings, and both will need to play.

Jeff Zatkoff, 30, is the third guy, a veteran who has played 48 NHL games and has a Stanley Cup ring (from 2015-16 in Pittsburgh), but was sent down by the Kings last season and played just eight games in the AHL. It is a development league, and Zatkoff — a member of the original ECHL Reign in 2008-09 — probably doesn’t have much more developing to do. Thus, the odds are that barring emergency he won’t […]    

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