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Pittsburgh recalls Zatkoff, assigns Bennett; WBS signs Darling to PTO

Roster shuffle ahead of weekend games
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday, and assigned forward Beau Bennett to the AHL club.  Additionally, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed goaltender Scott Darling to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on Thursday.

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.

Bennett, 21, has amassed nine points (2G-7A) and posted a plus-7 rating in 19 NHL games this season. Both of his goals have been game-winning goals. 

Selected 20th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Bennett has recorded 25 points (7+18) in 35 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Darling, 24, is 13-12-3 with the Wheeling Nailers over 31 games in 2012-13 – his first full season in the ECHL – and has posted one shutout, a 2.80 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.  The third-year pro made his American Hockey League debut earlier this season, signing a PTO with Hamilton on Nov. 14 and appearing in one game for the Bulldogs.
Prior to his time with the Nailers, Darling split two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League between the Louisiana IceGators and Mississippi RiverKings, compiling a record of 21-39-1, a 3.32 GAA and a .899 save percentage. 
A sixth-round pick (#153rd overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Darling played collegiate hockey with the University of Maine from 2008-10. 
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins complete their three-game home stand on Friday, March 29 at 7:05pm against the Providence Bruins. 
Individual seats for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at, and by calling 800-745-3000.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season ticket packages, including Full Season22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at 570-208-7367.

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