Dustin Wolf posts first pro shutout in Game 1 of Pacific Final against Colorado
Photo credit:Photo courtesy the Stockton Heat
By Mike Gould1 year ago
Calgary Flames prospect @Dustin Wolf put on a show for the Stockton Heat in their 5–0 victory over the Colorado Eagles on Monday evening.
Wolf, 21, turned aside all 23 shots he faced in Game 1 as Stockton took a 1–0 series lead in the best-of-five AHL Pacific Division Final.
Despite being crowned the American Hockey League’s top goaltender after his stellar performance in the 2021–22 regular season, Wolf entered the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs still in search of his first shutout as a professional.
Not anymore. Wolf completely shut down one of the AHL’s highest-powered offences on Monday, with reigning AHL top defenceman Jordan Gross being denied five times in the 5–0 Heat win.
Wolf finished his AHL rookie season with a spectacular 33–9–4 record and a .924 save percentage — and zero shutouts — in 47 games.
The 6′, 175-lb goaltender has somehow managed to elevate his game in the postseason, posting a perfect 4–0 record and a .940 save percentage in four outings against the Eagles and Bakersfield Condors.
@Justin Kirkland led the way with a pair of goals — including the game-winner — in Stockton’s Game 1 victory. @Andy Welinski, @Eetu Tuulola, and @Matthew Phillips also scored in the win.
Game 2 between the Heat and Eagles will go at Stockton Arena on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. MT. Barring anything completely unforeseen, Wolf will be back between the pipes as Stockton looks to take a 2–0 series lead.
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