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Spitfires’ DiPietro becomes winningest goaltender in franchise history

 

Michael DiPietro stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Sunday in Owen Sound as the Windsor Spitfires took a 6-1 win to snap a four-game slide.

The win is the 79th of DiPietro’s OHL career, placing him ahead of Andrew Engelage (2006-09) for the most in Spitfires franchise history.

A native of nearby Amherstburg, Ont., DiPietro was Windsor’s second round (23rd overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and has played to a 79-45-8-5 record over four seasons, posting a 2.56 goals-against average and .913 save percentage over 146 regular season games. He also holds franchise records for the most shutouts in a single season (7) as well as the most over the course of his career (16), one shy of an OHL record.

The third round (64th overall) pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft hoisted the Memorial Cup as a member of the host Spitfires in 2017 before capturing OHL Goaltender of the Year honours in 2017-18.

This season, he is 4-4-0-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and one shutout over 10 games.

DiPietro’s presence has also been felt on the world stage where he starred at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was named to Canada’s roster for the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Denmark where he worked alongside professional OHL graduates in Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers/Erie Otters), Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues/Erie Otters), Bo Horvat (Vancouver Canucks/London Knights) and Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers/Barrie Colts).

DiPietro, who attended Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase this past August, will represent Team OHL at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series on Thursday November 8th in Sarnia, Ont.

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