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Feb 22, 2021 • 4 hours ago • 4 minute read
Toronto Marlies Tyler Gaudet scores a goal against Stockton Heat Goalie Dustin Wolf at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Article content
The thing about professional hockey, especially if you’re a young goaltender, is it typically serves up tough lessons.
And your grade, incomplete as it might be, goes online for all to see.
Calgary Flames puck-stopping prospect Dustin Wolf was shelled in his debut Sunday in the paid-to-play ranks, getting an early hook after surrendering five goals on only 11 shots as the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat opened their northern exchange with a 7-1 thumping from the Toronto Marlies in a matinee at the Saddledome.
That leaves the 19-year-old netminder with a gruesome stat-line after one start with the Baby Flames — a 10.65 goals-against average and .545 save percentage.
“Obviously whenever you’re debuting, whether it’s in pro or junior or whatever, you want the best for yourself and want to give your team a chance to win,” Wolf said. “But things just didn’t bounce my way — there were a couple off (Heat defenceman) Robert Hamilton, and a couple I want back.
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“But at the end…