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Purple Pipe: Mike D’Alessandro

Ian Denomme/Gazette
SKATE INTO MY CREASE, I DARE YOU. Mustangs goaltender Mike D’Alessandro made an incredible 81 saves in Western’s four-overtime loss to Lakehead, which made him an easy choice for the Purple Pipe.

Goalie Mike D’Alessandro has earned himself the Purple Pipe by giving the Western Mustangs’ men’s hockey team a chance to win this past week during the divisional playoffs.

In three games against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, D’Alessandro made 142 saves of 152 shots for a whopping .934 save percentage. His performance in the final game Saturday night kept Western alive during the quadruple-overtime battle the Mustangs eventually lost.

D’Alessandro has a history of strong playoff performances under his belt. During Western’s playoff run in the 2001/02 season, he led the Mustangs to the University Cup, halting Université du Québec á Trois-Rivières’s championship streak at four. That year he was named Most Valuable Player of the University Cup tournament.
This year, D’Alessandro has continued his strong play. In 20 of 26 games for the Mustangs, he posted a record of 15-4-0, which placed him second in Ontario University Athletics for total wins.

Even though the Mustangs lost the series against Lakehead, they will be counting on D’Alessandro once again to provide them with a berth into the Queen’s Cup against Toronto this weekend.

—Kyle Hampson



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