Matt Tomkins, a 23-year old goaltending prospect within the Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league system, had quite a productive weekend. Tomkins was returned to the ECHL Indy Fuel after a stint with the AHL Rockford IceHogs that lasted a little more than a month.
Tomkins was officially re-assigned last Thursday and backstopped both Fuel victories over the weekend. The Fuel bookended a disappointing 6-4 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday with victories over Quad City and Kalamazoo Friday and Sunday, respectively.
In Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Mallards in Moline, Tomkins turned in a phenomenal 45-save performance against 46 shots faced. He backed up fellow recent returnee to the Fuel Etienne Marcoux, an ECHL All-Star this season, on Saturday, then returned to the crease Sunday afternoon. Tomkins followed up Friday’s effort with another solid outing, as he turned aside 37 shots in the 4-2 victory.
Tomkins has been stellar for the Fuel this season, and now owns a 6-3-0 record in 10 appearances. His .939 save percentage is second in the entire ECHL currently. Tomkins gained seven games’ worth of AHL experience, and the additional coaching he received at that level will prove to be invaluable. Goaltending is a long progression, and the future remains bright for one of the best prospects to don a Fuel sweater.
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