GAMEDAY HARVEST: Artūrs Šilovs secures Abbotsford’s 1st win with 34 save shootout performance

The 2021-22 AHL season did not start so hot for the AHL Nucks Harvest…

Like the Abbotsford Canucks, hopefully, I too have shaken off the cobwebs in game one and have a performance-rebound tonight.

The Opposition

Tonight the Abby Canucks take on the very young and dynamic Ontario Reign. AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings and the current team of former Canucks prospect Tyler Madden.

Madden, of course, was traded to the Kings organization alongside a second-round draft pick in exchange for Tyler Toffoli.

We do not speak of what happened afterwards.

The Ontario Reign started their season with a bang when they torched the San Diego Gulls five to two.

STARTING ROSTER

Healthy scratches: Ethan Keppen, Tristan Neilsen, Alex Kannok Leipert, Cameron Schilling, Spencer Martin

IR: Guillaume Brisebois

Artūrs Šilovs makes his Abbotsford Canucks debut as the starter. Somewhere in north Burnaby, David Quadrelli has shed a single tear of pride.

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GAME 2:

1st period:

PK1: Woo, Sautner, Di Giuseppe, Lockwood

PK2: Bailey, Bowey, Juulsen, Dries

PK1: Juulsen, Bowey, Di Giuseppe, Stevens

PK2: Woo, Sautner, Lockwood, Dries

2nd period:

  • Austin Wagner takes a holding penalty while forechecking, and the Canucks take their sweet time setting up a breakout on the delayed penalty

PP1: Bailey, Di Giuseppe, Dries, Rempal, Woo

  • Samuel Fagemo forces the Canucks out of the offensive zone immediately after the faceoff
  • Di Giuseppe with a shot on Ingham that gets steered aside
  • Play stops due to Ingham’shelmet coming off, and the game resets at center-ice

PP2: Focht, Stevens, Klimovich, Arseneau, Bowey

  • Focht leads the zone entry and shows off some crisp hands before zipping the puck over the net
  • GOAL – ABBOTSFORD – 1-0 Canucks: Danila Klimovich (#46) picks up his second goal in as many games with this laser from the right circle over the right pad of Ingham.

PK1: Sautner, Di Giuseppe, Stevens, Stephens

  • PK1 ties up the puck along their end boards then clear the zone for a full change

PK2: Dries, Bowey, Bailey, Sautner (stayed on)

3rd period:

PP2: Focht, Stevens, Arseneau, Klimovich, Bowey

PP1: Woo, Bailey, Di Giuseppe, Dries, Rempal

  • PP1 generates nothing
  • With thirty seconds left in the period, Alex Turcotte rips a shot that gets tipped out of the zone by John Stevens.
  • Canucks hold off the Reign’s late surge and close the shot gap, 31 to 29

Overtime

  • Dries, Bailey, Bowey start for Abbotsford
  • Frk, Tynan, Moverare running circles around Abbotsford inside the Canucks d-zone
  • Madison Bowey takes a slashing penalty on Adam Johnson, and the Canucks head to the 4v3

PK1: Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Sautner

Shootout

RESULT:

Abbotsford Canucks def. Ontario Reign 3-2 via the shootout

SCORESHEET:

Game 2 @ Ontario: Scoresheet

GAME THOUGHTS:

  • At times, this game was quite painful to watch. The Abbotsford Canucks had no answer for the Ontario Reign’s speed. D-zone coverage was all over the map as Canucks skaters desperately tried to keep pace with the dynamic movement of Ontario’s cycling. Through two games, I see much more of the 2019-20 Utica Comets in this club than I did with the 2020-21 Utica Comets club. This squad’s run and gun style haven’t quite clicked for them yet. Chemistry isn’t quite there yet in their forward groups. The defence does not have the speed to match a team like Ontario. Fortunately, they only play the Reign another *checks notes* seven times this season.
  • Artūrs Šilovs is the sole reason behind Abbotsford’s first victory as a franchise. He looked crisp all night. Great reads, good pick-ups. He had zero chance on that Brayden Burke goal. No one on the Canucks knew where that puck went except Burke. Sharp in the shootout, he had Tyler Madden’snumber all game. Impressive performance from the 20-year-old.
  • Danila Klimovich remains a goal-per-game player in the AHL. I still want to see him engage more in these 1-on-1 battles in open ice, but he’s young, so I’m fine with that side of his game slowly coming along. Footspeed can probably use some work too. The first three steps aren’t quite there, but after generating some momentum, his straightaway speed is above average.
  • I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Jarid Lukosevicius this weekend. Great work ethic, strong skating, and pretty quick with zone entries. I think if he sets up Klimovich for that one-timer, this game ends before overtime. Tied with Sheldon Dries for the team lead in shots on goal tonight with four total.
  • This is Vincent Arseneau’s fifth season in the Canucks AHL system. His work ethic earned him a top-six look with Carson Focht and Phil Di Giuseppe tonight. In back-to-back games, he’s been a staple on the Canucks second powerplay unit. He possesses a pretty solid shot, finishes every check, and while his defensive game is lacking, he makes up for it with a powerful forechecking presence. He finished the night with two assists, which might be a first in his AHL career! Good for him!
  • The entire Canucks defence struggled mightily with the Reign’s speed. Here are some quick notes on each:
    • Adam Brubacher played a quiet game, but his lack of footspeed was notable in the d-zone.
    • Madison Bowey had some questionable puck decisions tonight and got beat several times by Austin Wagner down the wings.
    • Ashton Sautner played well, but he and Woo got torched on several long shifts inside the d-zone.
    • Jett Woo, see above.
    • Devante Stephens, quiet and played well on the Canucks PK and at 5v5.
    • Noah Juulsen’s pivoting looked a little rough around the net, but he was solid for the Canucks tonight. He adequately fills the void of “shot-blocking guy with zero regard for the safety of his body.”
  • Karel Plasek was playing with speed tonight and had some quality looks inside the offensive zone.

Cody’s Three Stars

  1. Artūrs Šilovs
  2. Phil Di Giuseppe
  3. Vincent Arseneau

Next Up on the Docket

The Abbotsford Canucks return this Tuesday for the rematch against the Ontario Reign before a four-game homestand starting on the 22nd!

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