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Kodiaks set record with 10 game win streak

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Aldergrove Kodiaks' defenceman Stefan Gonzales shows his grit in a 2-0 blanking of Grandview Steelers, Jan. 9 at Aldergrove Arena. Gonzales opened the scoring that night with an unassisted and shorthanded goal, racking up an impressive 27 points in 30 games.
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The Aldergrove Kodiaks set a franchise record Wednesday night with 10 wins in a row, with a 2-0 shutout of Burnaby's Grandview Steelers.

The two junior B rivals squared off Jan. 9, in front of an appreciative crowd at Aldergrove Arena.

Keeper Mark Menicucci stopped all 32 shots for his second straight shutout. He has also allowed just one goal in the past three games, stopping 92 of the 93 shots he has faced in that span.

Menicucci's .943 save percentage leads all goalies in the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He also lowered his goals against to 1.99, which is second in the league.

The goals came from Stefan Gonzales, with a beauty of a short-handed goal in the first period, and then Stephen Ryan in the third.

Gonzales, a fast skating defenceman, has racked up an impressive 27 points in 30 games with the Kodiaks, with eight goals and 19 assists.

Menicucci and Gonzales were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

Despite the lengthy winning streak, which began back on Nov. 30, the Kodiaks still sit seven points back of the first place Abbotsford Pilots in the race for top spot in the Harold Brittain Conference. Aldergrove does hold one game in hand.

The Kodiaks will go for win number 11 on Jan. 12 when they visit the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.

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