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3 hours ago, Curmudgeon said:

Tolopilo with first win in first start vs Laval. 41 saves on 44 shots, or .931 Sv%age. Tristen Neilsen hat trick in a 4-3 Abbotsford win. Aidan McDonough with 1st career AHL goal. Abbotsford defence looks really solid.

Tolopilo was amazing considering the time Abby was short handed. He was la premiere etoile, in my view, with Neilson clearly second.

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Nikita Tolopilo providing early confidence for the Abbotsford Canucks in net


By Dave Hall

9 hours ago

Is there a goaltending competition brewing in Abbotsford? 


Well, it might be a bit premature to make such a claim, given the early stage of the season. 

However, it’s certainly worth acknowledging the impressive performance of the Abbotsford Canucks’ newest goaltender, Nikita Tolopilo.


At 23 years of age, Tolopilo has had a shining start in his first two AHL appearances, securing victories in both games and stopping 71 out of 75 shots.



In both starts, he’s played a pivotal role in his team’s wins, compensating for lacklustre performances by the skaters in front of him.


Defensively, it hasn’t been pretty.

On Tuesday, as he got the nod for the second time in his early career, the 6-foot-6 netminder stopped 34 of 35 saves and capped off a win that can only be described as criminal.


As our own Cody Severtson alluded to in his post-game Farmies:


“The team in front of him laid a complete egg, subjecting him to his second straight start with 35 or more shots against. He was excellent, cool, calm, collected, and poised under duress. Despite the skaters in front of him failing to keep pace with Colorado’s skaters, Tolopilo never let the Eagles’ relentless pressure result in a build-up of momentum”.


As expected, he was named the game’s first star.



This marked back-to-back games in which he faced over 35 shots (45 in his previous game). Despite the barrage of action, he has managed to keep extremely calm, cool, and collected between the pipes. 

He did not have to make any overly flashy saves, mainly due to the fact he rarely put himself out of position.


It’s been textbook goaltending, as they



Who is Nikita Tolopilo?


Though he may not be a familiar name in North America, his strong start shouldn’t come as much of a shock. 

During his time with Södertälje in the Allsvenskan, Tolopilo posted outstanding numbers, more specifically, last season. 


Starting 45 of his team’s 55 games, he recorded a 2.10 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. 


These statistics ranked him fifth and fourth in the league, respectively, despite playing (at least) nine more games than the goaltenders ranked above him.


Although no one has a crystal ball to predict if and how well a player will adjust to the increase in opposing skill, you can always count on goaltending guru Ian Clark to take that bet.


It’s early, but the organization could cash in on returns earlier than expected…


When the Canucks signed him, Patrik Allvin highlighted the things they liked about him, and all of those things have come as advertised so far.


“He provides a combination of tremendous size and skill and has developed well at the professional level the past two seasons in Sweden, serving as one of the more accomplished goaltenders in his league this year.”


Those were certainly promising words from a general manager…


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