Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News! Who stopped the most shots... which netminder rebounded from a tough loss... who had the best performance of the week? Look below and start reading because here we go!
Headlining the NHL:
Cory Schneider put an exclamation mark on backstopping a three-game road trip sweep with a 43-save effort in his fifth-consecutive start. The Canucks harpooned the San Jose Sharks with a 3-2 win on Saturday night
. Prior to that game Schneider stole back to back shutouts on the road in Colorado and Phoenix. With a strong record, Schneider was awarded the NHL 2nd Star of the Week
Marc-Andre Fleury helped pick up a 4-3 win
for Pittsburgh over the Montreal Canadiens.
In the USHL:
Over the weekend Jason Kasdorf posted a 1.01 goals-against-average, .973 save percentage, and two shutouts over three games for the Buccaneers. Kazzy stopped all 46 shots he faced in the 6-0 win vs. Omaha on Wednesday, which was the most saves made by a goaltender in a USHL game this season.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native stopped 26 shots in the 4-2 loss to Chicago on Friday before earning his second shutout of the week with a 36-save performance in the 4-0 win vs. Dubuque on Saturday. The GDI trained netminder has posted shutouts in three of his six victories this season and leads USHL goalies in shutouts.
In the WHL:
Friday night Laurent Brossoit picked up his 1st shutout of the season with a 3-0 win
over the Medicine Hat Tigers. GDI netminder Nathan Lieuwen also picked up his own goose egg with a 35 save performance that helped Kootney trample over the Kelowna Rockets with a 4-0
victory. Regina Pats were able to capture a convincing 5-2 win
over Everett as goaltender Matt Hewitt made 23/25 stops on the night. Damien Ketlo of the Lethbridge Hurricanes had a spectacular night as he allowed only one goal against on 43 shots fired his way. Helping the Hurricanes take down the Red Deer Rebels 5-1,
Ketlo was awarded the games 1st Star.
Saturday the Swift Current Broncos were in a close matchup against the Silvertips as they squeezed out a 3-1 win
. Broncos' Jon Groenheyde picked up the win as he made 32 or 33 saves. Moose Jaw netminder Luke Siemens shut down the Wheat Kings with 27 stops and killed off all of the Wheaties powerplays. The Warriors captured the 4-3 Saturday night victory
In the MJHL:
Over the weekend Dawson Guhle picked up two wins as he helped the Kings take down the OCN Blizzard in a 5-4 shootout
win Friday night and then Saturday with a 3-1 victory
in the back-to-back game against the Blizzard.
Teagan Sacher made 34 stops Friday night as he helped the Saints battle past the all might Winnipeg South Blues. The Saints bounced back after being down 4-1. As overtime solved nothing the game went into a shootout where Sacher shined. Going 6/6 in the shootout Sacher held off the Blues to get the 5-4 comeback win
Last year teammates for the Eastman Selects, Brenden Edie (Steinbach Pistons) and Isiah Plett (Winnipeg South Blues), went head to head Saturday night. In a high scoring affair with special teams becoming a large factor in the game Plett came out on top with a 7-4 win.
Edie made 32/39 stops and Plett 25/29 on the night.
In the MMAAAHL:
Topping one of the biggest upsets of the year was the Friday night take down of Yellowhead over Southwest. The matchup went into a shootout where GDI goaltender Brian Archibald and Jaylan Blad squared off. Blad, going up against one of the leagues best powerplay teams, stopped 27 of 30 shots, helping his team get a much needed 4-3 win
Brenden Fiebelkorn of the Winnipeg Thrashers grabbed his second shutout of the year on Friday with a 8-0 win over the Eastman Selects.
Alex Moodie and Ty Edmonds helped the Winnipeg "Winning" Wild continue their streak with wins over the Brandon Wheat Kings and Eastman Selects. With a 21-0-0 start both goaltenders have combined a Goals Against Average of 1.81, the lowest in the Manitoba Midget Hockey League.
Zach Robidoux had a big game over the weekend with a 2-1 win
. Robidoux killed off 10 out of 11 Kenora power play chances and accumulated a total of 23 stops on the night. Another young rookie, Bronson Ammeter, helped the Central Plains Capitals get a win over Parkland.
In the SMAAAHL: Two GDI goaltenders went to battle Saturday night in the Saskatchewan Midget Provincial League. Casey Parker of the Regina Pat Canadians and Spencer Bomboir of the Yorton Harvest were caught in a game full of penalties. Regina suffered in that retrospective as they allowed 6 on 18 powerplay chances from Yorkton. In the opposing end Spencer Bomboir was able to help the Harvest lock down their Penalty Kill and stop all 7 chances that Regina had. In the end this may have made the differences as Yorkton went on fire in the third as they potted six goals, four of which were on the powerplay, for a 8 to 6 final decision.