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!
The Month of Novembers 1st Star Awarded to:
Holding the month of Novembers 1st Star is longtime GDI Prairies goaltender Patrick Wiens.
Patrick starts his second season with the WMHA AA Peewee Twins. Starting the year his team has moved to the top of the league by conquering all teams for a record of 8-0-1-1, and not to mention helping the cause with holding the leagues lowest GA at 20 in 10 games.
Patrick has trained with GDI Prairies for the past several years. Being a workhorse through the summer he trained with GDI through the Total Academy Program and also the Prospect Consulting Program. Continuing into the season Patrick trains in the mornings at the GDI In-Season Academy.
In the WHL:
Mac Engel of the Spokane Chiefs helped his team climb over Everett for a 5-2 win. Currently Spoke sits 5th in the West within standing, and 2nd in Goals Against. Also on Friday night, Matt Hewitt of Regina went head-to-head against Luke Siemens of the Everett Silvertips. In a tough fought game that went into overtime Matt Hewitt was able to hold on for the victory. The low scoring game saw the final tally at 3-2.
In other Western League news, Tyler Oswald has now been signed with the Red Deer Rebels. Mired in a record-tying 11-game winless skid, the Rebels found out yesterday that they’re going to be without their top goaltender for an extended period of time. Not only is Patrik Bartosak the Rebels number one in between the pipes, but he’s one of the top goaltenders in the WHL. Last night, the Red Deer Advocate’s Greg Meachem reported that Bartosak would miss 2-6 weeks with what the team is calling an “upper body injury”.
Depending on the length of Bartosak’s injury, Oswald could spend a significant amount of time with the Rebels moving forward. At the very least, Bartosak will likely miss the next 20 games or so if he’s out for a minimum six weeks.
Saturday night Damien Ketlo picked up his 7th win of the season with a 28 save performance against the Vancouver Giants. In similar fashion, Nathan Lieuwen stopped 31/33 for a 3-2 win
against Med Hat. With two games in hand the Kootney Ice now sit three points up on the Tigers for 2nd spot in the Central Division - 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Helping the cause for keeping the Goals Against low, Luke Siemens rebounded from the previous nights overtime loss as he allowed one goal on 28 shots fired his way as the Moose Jaw Warriors displayed a dominant 4-1 triumph
over the Kelowna Rockets.
In the MJHL:
As the awards have came out for November, seen collecting is Dawson Guhle.
The 19 year old Dawson Guhle of the Dauphin Kings was awarded the MJHL November “Goaltender of the Month” award.
Currently ranked 4th among goaltenders in statistics, Guhle has a 12-3-0 record and hold a Save Percentage .912 and a GAA of 2.74.
Runner up for the month of November Goaltender of the Month award was 20 year old Matt Krahn of the OCN Blizzard and 19 year old Cory Simons of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The Runner up for the month of November Rookie of the Month award was 17 year old goaltender Teagan Sacher
of the Winnipeg Saints. Sacher holds a 8-4 record with a 2.97 GAA and a 91.15 Save Percentage.
How many wins in a row is this? The Winnipeg Saints are now up to six in a row, with a 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. Addison Herosian took down the Sher-Wood Division Leader the Dauphin Kings with a 5-4 Shootout victory. Riding the confidence ladder Addi went into the match-up against the Portage Terriers on Sunday on a mission. By the end of 60 minutes the Saints may have been calling him Addi the "Hero" as he was awarded the games 1st Star with good reason as he built a wall in net stopping 40 shots. The Saints 6th win was a 4-2 victory.
Adding to the heroics of MJHL goaltenders... the newly acquired Steinbach Piston netminder, Zach Rakochy
, continues to make the news with his stellar play and ability to steal games for his team. Rakochy helped take the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to a shootout where he shutdown both Wayway shooters, capturing his 5th win of the season
. Playing on a struggling team isn't always the easiest, but the goaltenders that make the best of it, and make the much needed 40 stops, are the ones that are looked upon as leaders. Speaking of not being easy, after a long trip back on the bus from Wayway Zach woke up in the morning and helped instruct at 3 GDI Clinics throughout Sunday. Talk about loving the game!
In the MBAAA:
Well unlike last week there wasn't a staggering amount of shutouts posted... but there was a big announcement made. The GDI Prairies 2nd Star of the month for November is Gage Murray. Closing out the month Gage was at the top of the Manitoba AAA Midget League with a 1.28 GAA and a .928 Save Percentage. The 6’3? Melita born goaltender has had an outstanding month with 4 straight wins. Taking down Eastman, Kenora, Parkland, and the WPG Thrashers Gage has combined his statistics to a 9-0-1 record with 3 shutouts. Gage has been training with GDI Prairies for the past 3 years through 1v1 training sessions.
In the opposite division the Winnipeg Thrashers netminders Brenden Fiebelkorn and Shaun Gerbinski have helped hold 2nd spot in the Eastern Division with a 20-4-2 record. Towards the south end of Winnipeg the Wild's Alex Moodie and Ty Edmonds continue to be a large part in the dominant 25 wins in 26 games. The team has still held on to not have been beaten in regulation.
Highlighting this past weekends games is Justin Holder's outstanding 50 save performance! Holder helped the Brandon Wheat Kings take down the Interlake Lightning for a 3-1 win
MBAAA League veteran Brian Archibald helped the Southwest Cougars to a 3-2 Shootout victory
out in Kenora to cap off Saturday night.
With Winnipeg Minor Hockey:
Shining among the young female netminders, Elizabeth Hawash got her first shutout over the weekend! Lizzy has been training with GDI over the past two years and has aquired the knack for the position based on both her competitive attitude/nature and on how she has the chance to look up to her older brother, Johnny, who plays in net for the Dakota Collegiate Highschool hockey team.
Speaking of being competitive, first year AAA Bantam netmidner Tanner Douglas captured the month of Novembers 3rd Star. In the month of November Tanner helped the AAA Winnipeg Warriors win the Minneapolis Cup. Playing in the finals, the Warriors were caught in a barn burner. With the game held at 1-1 the teams went into a shootout. Coming up big, Tanner shut down all five shooters he faced before his team pulled through to capture the championship with a 2-1 victory. Tanner has been training with GDI Prairies for the past several years through GDI High Performance Summer Camps, 1v1 sessions, and the Total GDI Academy.