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Tustin native, Jr. Kings graduate Wolf garners WHL Goaltender of the Week award

 

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The Western Hockey League announced today that Dustin Wolf of the Everett Silvertips has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 31, 2019.

The 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Los Angeles Jr. Kings graduate appeared in three games during the past week, picking up a pair of wins as the Silvertips claimed a 4-1 series victory over the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs. For the week, Wolf went 2-1 with a 1.34 goals-against-average, stopped 69 of 73 shots for a .945 save percentage, and recorded one shutout.

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Wolf’s week began Wednesday with a 28-save performance in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Americans. His effort between the pipes earned him the third-star honors in the game. The following night, Wolf recorded the first shutout of his WHL Playoffs career, stopping all 24 shots in a 3-0 win for Everett. Thursday’s performance earned Wolf first-star honors of the game and for the night in the WHL. Saturday, Wolf stopped 17 of 18 shots as the Silvertips won a 9-1 contest in the series-clinching game against the Americans.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound goaltender from Tustin produced a 4-1 record in the five-game series while maintaining a 1.60 GAA, .937 SV%, and recording the one shutout. Among goaltenders in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, Wolf ranks first in GAA, SV%, and is tied for first in victories and shutouts.

Wolf is coming off an impressive second season with the Silvertips where he continued the team’s legacy of strong goaltending. In 61 games, Wolf sported a 41-15-2-2 record, 1.69 GAA, .936 SV%, and seven shutouts. For the regular season portion of his WHL career, Wolf has amassed a 54-21-2-2 record in 81 games, sporting a 1.83 GAA, .934 SV%, and 11 shutouts.

Originally selected in fifth round, 104th overall, by the Silvertips in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Wolf is also rising on charts ahead of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft as well. In January, Wolf was ranked 17th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.

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— Matt Mackinder

(April 1, 2019)