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Prospect Of The Week: Joni Ortio

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

It looks like Joni Ortio is settling with the Stockton Heat.

After a turbulent start to the season which saw him play appear in just four games with the Calgary Flames due to having three goaltender on the roster, the organization opted to assign to Finn to Stockton on Nov. 26.

He didn't get off to the start he would have liked. He was pulled in his first game after allowing four goals on 12 shots in the first period. But he has bounced back since then, going 3-2-0 and making 120 saves on 134 shots.

This past week, Ortio was in net for the Heat's two games in Texas, in which they went 1-1-0 in stops in San Antonio and Cedar Park.

On Friday night, the Heat picked up their eighth win of their inaugural season with Ortio backstopping his team to a 3-2 victory over the San Antonio Rampage. He made 23 saves on 25 shots, equating to a .920 save percentage.

In Saturday's game against the Texas Stars, Ortio gave up four goals but that number is deceiving. The 24-year-old made numerous grade-A saves on quality scoring chances and kept the Stars from rattling off goal after goal.

Post-game, his teammates were quick to credit his performance as one of the few bright spots of the 5-2 loss.

"We gave up a lot of odd-man rushes tonight and he came up huge a few times for us," Bryce Van Brabant said of Ortio’s play. "He had the first save all night for us and made a lot of second saves as well. He stood on his head for us tonight and it would have been worse without him back there."

Stockton play three games this week, including Friday's Golden State Hockey Rush outdoor game vs. the Bakersfield Condors at Raley Field in Sacramento.

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