Charlotte’s Rotating Goaltenders Having Success

By Cliff Mehrtens
Staff Writer
© The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The revolving door in the Charlotte Checkers’ net is working well.

Four goalies have started, eight games into the ECHL season.

Luckily for Charlotte, they’re all talented prospects of NHL teams, and have played well in a situation that usually means a team is struggling.

New York Rangers prospect Miika Wiikman (0-1-1) has a 1.93 goals-against average. Rookie Matt Zaba, also Rangers property, is 2-1 with a 4.04 GAA.

Chris Holt was promoted to Hartford (American Hockey League) after winning the season opener. Daniel Manzato, property of the Carolina Hurricanes, went 2-0 before being reassigned to Las Vegas (ECHL).

They’ve combined for a 5-2-1 record and 3.22 GAA.

“We’ve used four really good ones,” coach Derek Wilkinson said. “It’s not like we’ve been searching the (local) men’s league, or guys who’ve been out of work.”

Wiikman was slowed in Hartford’s camp by a groin injury. He’s a Swede playing for the first time in North America.

“We feel like we’ve got solid goaltending,” Wilkinson said, laughing. “I don’t know who’ll be here tomorrow, but they’ve all played well.”