DiPietro backstops Abbotsford Canucks to 5-1 win – Abbotsford News

Michael DiPietro made some big stops when he was tested en route to scoring his first American Hockey League victory since November 30, when the Abbotsford Canucks defeated the San Diego Gulls 5-1 on Friday (January 14). .

It is also the first time he has won this season outside the Abbotsford Center. The win may silence some critics and ease the rest of Canucks fans to perspective.

He had a challenging season, which was encapsulated by a 6-2 loss at home ice on January 6th.

But Friday was a different story. DiPietro closed out the Gulls, especially in the second period, and was beaten only once in the hockey game.

The Canucks started the game hot, with goals from Phil Di Giuseppe’s first period at 3:03 and John Stevens’ at 7:12.

Tristen Nielsen scored the only goal of the second period, and DiPietro picked it up. Abbotsford actually defeated San Diego 12-4 in the first, but the Gulls roared back and beat the Canucks 13-5.

San Diego came on board at 9:46 of the third, when Lucas Elvenes finally defeated DiPietro. Justin Bailey scored an empty goal at 16:22 and Danila Klimovich scored a shot past Gulls goalkeeper Francis Marotte to make it a 5-1 final.

Bailey, who had been an offensive threat almost all night, and Stevens both recorded two points. DiPietro made 23 saves in one of his best performances this season.

The win snaps a losing streak of four games for the Canucks, and the team now improves to 11-11-3-1 this season. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 19.00 and that match will be free for everyone to watch on AHL TV.


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