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Jr. Kings grad, Gilroy native Wolf takes home AHL Goaltender of the Month honors


The AHL has announced that Calgary Wranglers goalie Dustin Wolf has been named the AHL Goaltender of the Month.

Wolf went 8-1-0 over nine starts in December, stopping 263 of 277 shots to record a 1.57 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage to lead Calgary to the top of the AHL standings.

The Gilroy native made 19 saves in a 7-3 win at San Diego on Dec. 2, then blanked the Gulls in consecutive starts on Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 before his shutout streak finally ended at 174:17 in a loss to Manitoba on Dec. 13. Wolf came back and won his final five decisions of the month, setting season highs for saves in consecutive starts against the Moose on Dec. 15 (36 saves) and vs. Ontario on Dec. 20 (37 saves) and Dec. 21 (38 saves) before finishing December with wins at Bakersfield on Dec. 28 and at Ontario on New Year’s Eve.

A second-year pro, Wolf leads the AHL in wins (18), shutouts (three), minutes played (1,374), shots faced (687) and saves (638) this season and ranks second in save percentage (.929) and fourth in goals-against average (2.18) over 23 appearances for the Wranglers.

Wolf won the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender as a rookie in 2021-22 and has a career record of 53-14-4 with a 2.33 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 73 AHL games with Calgary and Stockton.

The 21-year-old Los Angeles Jr. Kings alum was a seventh-round choice (214th overall) of the Calgary Flames in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Photo/Phillip Brents

(January 11, 2023)

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