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!
As the 1st half of the hockey season dwindles down and the holidays approach we can all take some time to refresh and relax for well... a couple days... at least. In nearly a week the 2012 World Junior Championships begin... and within 10 days the World Under 17 Challenge begins.
The worlds best 1995 to 1992 born hockey players set forth to compete for their countries. While other athletes take time off with family and friends to relax, these athletes look to put all they have on the line for their country. GDI Prairies would like to wish all the athletes that compete over the holidays the best of luck, and reminding each goaltender to enjoy the process and stay in the moment!
In the WHL:
We can very well say that the star of the weekend was Moose Jaw Warrior rookie netminder Spencer Tremblay
. Saturday night the Warriors went head-to-head against the Kamloops Blazers.
Stopping 37 shots in regulation Tremblay helped take the game into overtime. In OT he then proceeded to stop all six shots he faced as he peppered in the dying minutes which included a close backdoor opportunity where he was able to make a tough save look simple as he got his body behind the puck.
Holding onto the game, Tremblay was able to shutdown 6 of the 7 powerplay chances that the Blazers had throughout the game. As the game went into a shootout the Warriors were able to clinche the win after they scored on the 4th shooter and then were able to lock the 4-3 victory
with the Blazers denied in the opposite end. An ecstatic Tremblay through a couple fist pumps in as he truly fought for that win. With 43 saves on the night he was awarded the games 1st star award.
As the WHL 1st half wrapped up on Sunday, Saturday night had many teams looking to close out their last game before the holiday break with a bang. Many of the match-ups were kept close. The Calgary Hitmen lost a tough one to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Hitmen netminder Brandon Glover stopped 31 for 33 on the night and Oil Kings Laurent Brossoit stopped 21 of 22 in his end for the 2-1 win
. Both goaltenders were named stars of the game with their strong perforamances.
Shaking things up for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Damien Ketlo
captured his 9th win of the year with a 35 save performances against the Swift Current Broncos for a commanding 4-1 win
. The Broncos were 0 for 5 on the powerplay for night.
In the ring on Friday evening GDI Alberta netminders went face-to-face as the Kootney Ice, coached by goaltending consultant Justin Cardinal, went up against the Swift Current Broncos, coached by goaltending consultant Kevin Swanson. In their last match-up the Swift Current Broncos took down the Ice with a 2-1 win. This time around the games result took a big 360... not only was the game won by Cardinal's Kootney Ice, but the battle ended with a high scoring 5-4 affair.
Jon Groenheyde stopped 35/39 as he suffered the loss and Nathan Lieuwen stopped 28 of 32 for the win. Both teams meet up again for the 3rd time on January 4th
In the MJHL:
Facing a total of 84 shot through the two games he played, Zach Rakochy was able to come out of the weekend with helping the Steinbach Pistons rack up 3 points. With a close match-up that was lost in the closing minutes of Overtime Rakochy stopped 39 which included 19 in the first. Sunday night you can call a blowout as Steinbach went back to play at home and took a rare 8-4 victory
to redeem their previous loss against Selkirk two nights before.
The burner that may have drained Selkirk was their Saturday night match-up against the Winnipeg Saints. Playing three games in three nights is never easy, and when you can't crack a teams netminder the frustration can start to get to you! Addison Herosian helped the Winnipeg Saints pick up their 20th win of the season with 34 of 36 stops on the night to capture the 5-2 win. With the victory the Saints move a spot above Selkirk in the MJHL standings
as they sit with 44 points above the Steelers 43.
In other MJ news, Saturday night had Neepawa netminder Alex Henry picking up the 3rd Star of the Game Award for the 26 saves he made in a tough loss against the OCN Blizzard. In the opposing end Matt Krahn mad 27 of 28 stops to pick up the win.
In the MBAAA:
Well he is having a year to remember. Southwest Cougars Gage Murray has always had an open mind when it came to looking at the future and what it will bring. Well, if he keeps playing this way his future plans of playing Junior hockey will start to come true! Murray was able to build up a brick wall at home in Souris against the all mighty Winnipeg Wild as he stopped all 22 shots he faced for a 2-0 win
. This was the Wild's only second loss of the season as they sit with a record of 27-1-1.
The Winnipeg Thrashers picked up 4 points over the weekend with two wins against the Norman Northstars and the Pembina Valley Hawks. The Northstars were shutout by Thrashers goaltender Shaun Gerbinski who picked up his league leading 5th Shutout of the year. Brenden Fiebelkorn recorded his 10th win of the season with a 6-1 win over the Hawks. Out in Morden the Hawks were peppered with 48 shots throughout the game. GDI Prairies netminder Zach Robidoux went up against numerous scoring chances and was able to hold his own in a lopsided affair.
The MBAAA November Goaltender of the Month Justin Holder decided he didn't want his success to rest as he shutout the Parkland Rangers with a 5-0 win, stopping all 29 shots he faced throughout the game and 7 Parkland Powerplays.
Earlier in the weekend the Interlake call-up from City Midget, Hunter Ploszay was awarded the games 2nd star in the 5-1 loss to the Southwest Cougars. Ploszay saw 45 pucks come his way in the loss as he faught through the game to keep his team in it.
Friday evening young Jaylan Blad picked up his teams 9th win of the season with a 7-3 win over Kenora as he stopped 24 shots on the night.