At just 17-years-old, Windsor Spitfires sophomore netminder Michael DiPietro has set a pair of all-time Spits franchise records in the crease.
DiPietro made 22 saves on Thursday as the Spitfires blanked the visiting Saginaw Spirit 4-0 for their 31st win of the season. His league-leading sixth shutout also sets a Spitfires single-season record in the OHL’s modern era, surpassing Andrew Engelage‘s 2008-09 mark of five.
All-time goaltending great Glenn Hall also recorded six shutouts with the OHA’s Windsor Spitfires back in 1950-51.
DiPietro’s eighth career shutout also sets a new Spitfires all-time franchise mark, eclipsing Engelage’s total of seven over his 136 career regular season games from 2006-08. DiPietro, who was the OHL’s F.W. ‘Dinty’ Moore Trophy recipient last season for holding the league’s lowest rookie goals-against average (2.45), accomplished the feat in just 65 contests.
DiPietro currently leads the league with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He is 23-7-4-1 in 36 games this season.
A member of the OHL’s All-Rookie team last season, he also put forth a strong showing at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC, posting a 1.75 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in five games with Team Canada Red.
The Amherstburg, Ont. native was Windsor’s second round (23rd overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Sun County Panthers minor midgets. He recently represented Team Orr in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City and is currently the seventh ranked North American goaltender on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released January 18th.
DiPietro and the Spitfires continue their three-in-three weekend schedule with road matchups in Kitchener and Owen Sound on Friday and Saturday.