Dustin Wolf posts another shutout against Colorado in AHL Pacific Final
Photo credit:Photo courtesy the Stockton Heat
By Mike Gould1 year ago
Calgary Flames prospect @Dustin Wolf recorded his second shutout in as many days to propel the Stockton Heat to a 2–0 series lead in the best-of-five Pacific Division Final against the Colorado Eagles.
Wolf, 21, stopped all 27 shots he faced on Tuesday as the Heat defeated the Eagles by a 1–0 score. The 6′, 170-lb rookie goaltender improved to 5–0 with a .951 save percentage in the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs.
As was the case in Game 1 of the series, @Justin Kirkland netted the winner — this time, the game’s only goal — on Colorado netminder @Justus Annunen.
Kirkland, 25, has a team-leading four goals and five points for the Heat in the 2022 playoffs. @Byron Froese and @Matthew Phillips picked up the helpers on his Game 2 marker.
Earlier this month, the AHL named Wolf to its first all-star team and named him the recipient of the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastien Memorial Award as the league’s top goaltender for the 2021–22 season.
Wolf was nothing short of outstanding for the Heat as a rookie, posting a 33–9–4 record and a .924 save percentage in 47 games. Without Wolf in net, the Heat went 12–7–3 with an .882 team save percentage.
Despite his brilliance between the pipes for Stockton as a rookie, Wolf went the entire regular season without posting a single shutout. He allowed exactly one goal in 17 games but never zero.
The Heat finished the 2021–22 campaign with the second-best record in the entire AHL. Despite this, they were also the only team not to record a single shutout all season long. Not one!
Even the 20–42–6 San Jose Barracuda had three shutouts. The Heat won 45 games in the regular season and somehow never completely prevented their opponents from scoring.
Trends like that tend to correct themselves by overcorrecting. After going 53 games without a shutout to begin his professional career, Wolf now has back-to-back bagels to kick off the 2022 Pacific Division Final.
The Eagles are already on the brink of elimination without having scored a single goal in this playoff series. Let that sink in.
Game 3 between the Heat and Eagles is scheduled to take place in Loveland, CO on Friday at 7:05 p.m. MT.
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