GAMEDAY HARVEST: Wou(ters), Barracuda! The Rematch!

PRE-GAME HYPE

The astounding, the unbelievable!

Abbotsford Canucks!

Twenty-one skaters, and two goalies, of run-and-gun, fire-breathing, goal-scoring insanity!

One night only!

One night only!

One night only!

The Abbotsford Centre, this Sunday, if you miss this, you better be dead! Or in jail!

And if you’re in jail? Break out!

Be there!

Be there!

Be there!

PRE-GAME HYPE IN NON-SIMPSONS REFERENCE TERMS

The Abbotsford Canucks ended their four-game losing skid when they crushed the San Jose Barracuda 7-1 on Friday night.

The Canucks special teams were firing on all cylinders, and impressive performances from their forward groups led to a decisive and encouraging victory.

  • The Jr. Nucks PK went from twenty-first in the league to twelfth after stopping eight of the Barracuda’s nine powerplay opportunities (fourteen minutes total shorthanded)

If I were a betting man (I am, and I have paid dearly for it), I would bet on the Junior Canucks winning 7-4, continuing their trend of being the inverse-Canucks.

At the very least, Friday’s performance was a glimpse at the potential of this AHL club when their forward lines are firing on all cylinders!

THE OPPOSITION

Bless the Western Conference teams for actually posting their lineup cards pre-game!

The Barracuda’s point-leader, Noah Gregor, returns to the starting lineup after missing Friday’s action.

San Jose Barracuda goalie tandem

Melnichuk appears to be the Barracuda’s starter, Sunday, after an early hook Friday after allowing three goals on five shots.

TRANSACTIONS

Jack Rathbone was papered down to Abbotsford after the Canucks activated Tyler Motte. Barring the return of the Concorde Jet, Rathbone will not dress for today’s action.

STARTING ROSTER

A last-minute lineup change sees Abbotsford without Nic Petan and their leading scorer, Sheldon Dries.

No Travis Hamonic for Abbotsford warmups, either.

Michael Di Pietro makes his second consecutive start with Artūrs Šilovs on the bench playing backup!

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GAME 11:

1st period:

PP1: Lockwood, Rempal, Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Schilling

  • Abbotsford with an early shot on goal that San Jose picks up and clears down the ice
  • A one-timer by Cameron Schilling is blocked and cleared by San Jose

PP2: Focht, Lukosevicius, Klimovich, Woo, Arseneau

PK1: Juulsen, Sautner, Stevens, Di Giuseppe

PK2: Wouters,  Schilling, Woo, Lockwood

  • Wouters leads a shorthanded drive down the left wing that draws some cheers from the Abbotsford crowd.
  • Chase Wouters attempts to clear the zone for Abbotsford but accidentally flips the puck over the glass.
    • Canucks facing a two-minute 5-on-3

PK1: Di Giuseppe, Sautner, Juulsen

PK2: Schilling, Woo, Stevens

PK3: Lockwood, Wouters, Sautner, Juulsen

PP1: Lockwood, Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Rempal, Schilling

PP2: Keppen, Focht, Lukosevicius, Woo, Klimovich

PP1: Lukosevicius, Stevens, Klimovich, Schilling, Rempal

2nd period:

PP1: Rempal, Schilling, Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Lockwood

  • Good volume from the Canucks first powerplay group

PP2: Focht, Klimovich, Lukosevicius, Keppen, Woo

3rd period:

PK1: Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Juulsen, Sautner

PK1: Wouters, Lockwood, Sautner, Juulsen

  • Wouters with two clearing attempts for Abbotsford

PK2: Rempal, Di Giuseppe, Schilling, Woo

PP1: Di Giuseppe, Rempal, Lukosevicius, Lockwood, Schilling

  • Early clear for San Jose has the Canucks setting up behind DiPietro’s net
    • PP1 takes until 1:20 to enter the offensive zone
  • Schilling rockets a shot from the blueline that rebounds off a helmet and out of the zone

PP2: Woo, Focht, Klimovich, Keppen, Sautner

OVERTIME

SHOOTOUT

RESULT:

San Jose Barracuda def. Abbotsford Canucks 3-2 via the Shootout

SCORESHEET:

Game 11 Scoresheet vs. San Jose

TAKEAWAYS:

  • DiPietro was both very good and very frustrating. Those two goals against were incredibly soft on a night when he was lights out while stopping 37 of 39 and four in the shootout. His rebound control was a lot better tonight, but oof, those goals-against were tough.
  • Considering the team was without Sheldon Dries and Nic Petan, I thought the Canucks played quite admirably. On top of those absences, losing their de facto #1 center, John Stevens, five minutes into the third period was not easy. Stevens is a major player for the club at evens, shorthanded, and on the man advantage. The Canucks appeared to lose a step in the third, making up for his absence.
  • I thought that Lockwood, Lukosevicius, and Wouters played incredibly well tonight. In particular, I liked the chemistry between Wouters and Lockwood. I’ll be interested in tracking this game to see what kind of CORSI differential they ran up with their minutes. Lockwood and Wouters were constantly creating dangerous scoring chances for each other while Lukosevicius put in a considerable amount of work along the wall to free up space.
  • Chase Wouters benefited the most out of any skater tonight. With Stevens out, Wouters saw his ice-time bumped up considerably. Wouters looked sharp at evens and on the PK.
  • Jett Woo had a great game, playing a tonne of minutes at evens and on special teams. Additionally, Woo led the team in shots on goal with four total. I liked seeing him out in overtime as his skating really gets to stand out with the open space.
  • Arseneau will likely miss the Canucks upcoming two-game homestand for his check to the head of Joel Kellman. The AHL’s version of the Department of Player Safety is a joke, so I’d be surprised if it were anything over two games. It should be higher, but the AHL DoPS has a history of underwhelming suspensions.
  • Oh yeah, Noah Gregor is v good
  • Alex Kannok Leipert was like an uncaged animal in his scrap with Zach Gallant; I genuinely did not expect such ferocity from him, haha.

Cody’s Three Stars

  1. Will Lockwood
  2. Chase Wouters
  3. Michael DiPietro

Next Up on the Docket

The Junior Canucks return this Friday and Sunday for a two-game homestand versus the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate, Bakersfield Condors.

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