GAMEDAY HARVEST LIVE: Artūrs Šilovs 26-save shutout for Abbotsford makes it a 2-0 weekend versus Henderson

After a wildly chaotic overtime win in their home debut, the Junior Canucks return to the Abbotsford Centre to rematch the Henderson Silver Knights in their second game of a four-game homestand!

Fingers crossed, this game is a bit lighter on special teams.

Twenty-seven minutes of powerplay time, on paper, sounds like really exciting hockey. But, when both teams go 0/7 on the powerplay, that results in a tonne of zone resets and board-and-outs.

Friday’s second period might have been the most awkwardly paced period of hockey that I’ve ever watched. I even think the crowd was taken out of the game by the amount of failed powerplay opportunities.

Credit where it’s due, the Junior Canucks penalty-killing units were clutch for Abbotsford on Friday. In total, they killed off fifteen minutes of Henderson’s powerplay. One minute of which was a 5-on-3.

THE OPPOSITION

Tonight, on the rainiest of rainy days, the Jr. Canucks take on a largely unchanged Henderson Silver Knights roster.

Starting in goal for Henderson tonight is Dylan Ferguson. Ferguson spent the bulk of his 2020-21 season with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets.

Tonight’s Top Scorers

Henderson Silver Knights and Abbotsford Canucks current top scorers

Look at Danila sitting there, third on the Canucks. We love to see it

STARTING ROSTER

Healthy Scratches: Tristen Neilsen, Michael DiPietro, Adam Brubacher, Alex Kannok Leipert,

IR: Will Lockwood, Karel Plasek (?), Guillaume Brisebois

A largely unchanged Canucks lineup after Friday’s round one. Ethan Keppen draws in for his first game of the season while Neilsen slides out.

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GAME 5:

1st period:

PP1: Di Giuseppe, Petan, Bailey, Schilling, Rempal

  • Zero shots on goal for the Canucks first powerplay attempt

PP2: Klimovich, Bowey, Focht, Arseneau, Dries

PP1: Di Giuseppe, Petan, Bailey, Schilling, Rempal

PP2: Klimovich, Bowey, Focht, Arseneau, Dries

PK1: Sautner, Woo, Di Giuseppe, Stevens

2nd period:

  • A few end-to-end chances for both teams before Henderson’s Tyler Busch takes a tripping penalty.
    • Canucks to their third powerplay
  • Nothing happening with the Canucks powerplay units
  • GOAL – ABBOTSFORD – 1-0 Canucks: After ten tries in three days, the Jr. Canucks powerplay finally scores. Justin Bailey (#95) starts the sequence with a pass to Sheldon Rempal (#56) from behind the net of Dylan Ferguson. Rempal quickly corrals the puck and whips a backhander off of Ferguson’s pads, and the local kid, Nic Petan (#7), capitalizes on the rebound to make it one nothing.

PP1: Di Giuseppe, Bailey, Petan, Schilling, Rempal

  • Cameron Schilling flubs a pass on the blue line, forcing the Canucks to reset from the d-zone
  • GOAL – ABBOTSFORD – 2-0 Canucks: After going 0/7 on the powerplay, Friday night, Sheldon Dries (#15) races down the left-wing with Vinny Arseneau (#18) to his right and scores on the Canucks fourth powerplay opportunity to make it two-zip.

3rd period:

RESULT:

Abbotsford Canucks def. Henderson Silver Knights 3-0

SCORESHEET:

Game 5 vs. Henderson Silver Knights Scoresheet

 

TAKEAWAYS:

  • Artūrs Šilovs earned himself his first shutout as a pro. With 26 saves on 26 shots, Šilovs vaulted himself to the top of the AHL goalie leaderboard. His 0.96 goals-against-average places him first among all goaltenders, and his 0.968 save percentage is good for second. Only Cleveland’s Jet Greaves has a better save percentage (0.976 in one GP).
AHL Goaltending GAA leader, Artūrs Šilovs
  • In the post-game media availability, Trent Cull isolated Šilovs size and ability to find pucks through traffic as reasons for his stellar shutout performance.

  • Nic Petan looked good tonight; led the Canucks with two goals and five shots on net.
  • One of the main takeaways from Sunday’s game was the impact of the teams’ fourth line. All night, Chase Wouters, Vincent Arseneau, and Ethan Keppen were causing havoc around the offensive zone. Whether it was shot attempts or hits, that line was buzzing!
  • “I thought those guys provided good energy, [I was] trying to get them out there as much as I could. Sometimes, after powerplays, because I wanted them to carry on that energy,” said Cull post-game
  • Chase Wouters spoke about his line’s performance tonight, “I thought we were good, thought we were good on the forecheck. We were a physical line, and that’s something we bring to the team. We’re going to build off things that we did tonight and work on some of the things that we definitely need to clean up.
  • Chase Wouters notably received a few penalty-killing shifts. For a first-year forward entering the league out of the WHL, earning PK time under Trent Cull is a big deal!
  • Trent Cull spoke about Wouters game tonight, “He’s done a good job, and he’s someone that I’m learning to trust. He’s building that trust. He got a little PK time tonight, and that’s something we’re working on with him.”
  • Overall, I think the Canucks looked good tonight. Their PK continues to do great work in the early goings of this season. At 86.4%, the Canucks penalty kill sits second-best in the AHL’s Pacific Division.
  • The Canucks powerplay went 50% tonight against Henderson bringing their powerplay up to a 20% success rate from 12.5%.
  • Shot tracking update — I’ve finished tracking the Canucks first three games, and here are the teams’ CORSI leaders with ZERO context!
    • CF = On-ice shot attempts for
    • CA = On-ice shot attempts against
    • C = On-ice shot attempt differential
    • CF% Rel = the difference between the teams’ shot attempt differential with the player on the ice versus without
2021-22 Abbotsford Canucks CORSI leaders after 3GP

Popeye’s Update

I was in a rush to get home and missed stopping off for Popeye’s.

One day fam. One day…

Cody’s Three Stars

  1. Artūrs Šilovs
  2. Nic Petan
  3. Three-way-tie: Wouters/Arseneau/Keppen

Next Up on the Docket

The Abbotsford Canucks return to the Abbotsford Centre next Friday and Saturday when they host the Ontario Reign for another double-header weekend!

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