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:
The Columbus Blue Jackets ended their drought in Nashville against he Predators with a 4-3 victory
. Curtis Sanford
, playing his second game with Columbus, improved to 4-0-0 in Nashville. Sanford was 27/30 on the night as he helped the Blue Jackets to an OT win.
Sunday also featured a GDI battle of Ben Scrivens vs. Cam Ward. Carolina goalie Cam Ward
, who had lost five of his previous six starts, recorded 23 saves on the night as Carolina squeezed out a 3-2 win
Visiting College Hockey: Sheridan Friesen
helped the St. Scholastica Saints to a victory over Finlandia, earning her second win of the season. GDI netminder Taylor VanDenakker
suffered a tough loss against the strong UND Fighting Sioux as she faced an onslaught in the 3rd as she saw 14 shots fired her way. UND triumphed over St. Cloud State with a 5-1 win
In the WHL:
Nathan Lieuwen continued his winning ways through his strong start to the season as he led the Kootney Ice to a 4-1 victory
over the Vancouver Giants on Sunday.
Saturday, the Swift Current Broncos took down the Brandon Wheat Kings with a 5-4 win
. Holding the fort down in net was Jon Groenheyde. The day before, the Wheaties had another high scoring matchup against Med Hat. Corbin Boes helped shut down the Tigers offense as he made 36 of 40 saves on the night for the 6-4
Friday night win.
The top two games of Saturday night featured the Spokane Chiefs vs the Regina Pats and the Everett Silvertips vs the Vancouver Giants. With two GDI netminders facing off between the pipes, Hewitt vs Engel, the East vs West Conference matchup was a goaltending duo as the fans held their seats as the game entered into a shootout. The Chiefs peppered Hewitt with 37 shots and in return Regina fired 28 against Engel. The end game result saw the Spokane coming out on top with a high scoring 6-5 victory.
The Silvertips rookie netminder, Austin Lotz, has been a GDI standout as of late with his epic performances in net. Saturday night was yet again a stolen game by the rookie. Lotzy held the 'tips in the game with a 47 save performance as the game went through overtime and a shootout where Vancouver star, James Henry, was able to score the game winner for a 2-1
Vancouver Giants win. In return for his strong performance at home, Lotz was awarded the games 1st star. Within his five starts this year
, Lotz has been awarded the games 1st star three times!
In the MJHL:
Goaltender Zach Rakochy has been headlining GDI News frequently over the past couple of days since his trade to the Steinbach Pistons. Rakochy has racked up a number of wins for his new team, including a 41 save performance on Sunday night that led to a 5-3 victory, and a 1st star award for his strong play. Saturday, the Pistons suffered a close 4-3 lose with Rakochy stopping 37 shots and again was awarded a game star (3rd). Friday he captured a 3-2 win over OCN. Hmm....not bad too bad for 3 games in 3 days! Good pickup Steinbach!
Sunday night, Matt Krahn shut down the all mighty Winkler Flyers with a 44 save performance helping the OCN Blizzard to a 2-1 win
. The previous night, Krahn was awarded the games first star against the Saints as he stole the show with 32/33 saves for a 3-1 win, shutting down the Saints powerplay five complete times.
Dawson Guhle made 35 of 38 stops for the Dauphin Kings to help them to a 4-3 Overtime win over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
got his 6th victory of the season with a 5-3 win over the CJHL Top 20 Ranked Winnipeg South Blues.
In the SJHL:
Longtime GDI netminder, Myles Hovdebo helped the LaRonge Ice Wolves to a 3-1 win
on Friday night as he shut down the Melfort Mustangs going 28 for 29 on the night. Myles currently sits at a 5-3-1 record for the year.
Kale Thomson allowed one goal against on 27 shots to help the Yorkton Terriers to a 4-1 result
over the Humbolt Broncos.
Brandon Stone helped the Estevan Bruins achieve a 6-3 win
over Kindersley, moving the Bruins to 2nd Place
within the SJHL's Sherwood Division.
In the MBAAA:
Sunday night league rookies Ryan Miner and Jaylan Blad went to battle in Beausejour. Miner came out on top with a stellar performance that led his team to a 3-0 shutout
as he stopped 33 shots on the night. Blad stopped his fair share of rubber with 28 saves for the struggling Yellowhead Chiefs.
The 6'3" monster, Gage Murray, came up huge for the Southwest Cougars as he stopped 14 shots in the third period at the Gateway Rec. Centre to help the Western Regional Host - the Southwest Cougars - to a 4-2 win
. His partner, Brian Archibald, was able to capture a 5-3 win Saturday night
as he made 29 stops. The Cougars currently hold the MBAAA with the leagues lowest Goals Against at 33. Keep up the great work Gager and Arch!!
Southern Winnipeg rookie netminder, Ty "Mr. Manitoba" Edmonds, helped the Winnipeg Wild continue their unbeaten streak to 19 games as the Wild beat down the Central Plains Capitals 8-2. His partner in crime, Alex Moodie, helped rob the Southwest Cougars
of a win on Friday night.
Bronson Ammeter made 27 stops Friday night to help his team to a much needed 6-4 win
In the MB City AAA & AA:
With help from Reid Pennington the Winnipeg AAA City Midget Hawks went 3-0 through their weekend trip to meet with the Thunder Bay Kings.
The Bantam 1 Winnipeg Warriors traveled to Medicine Hat over the weekend. Netminder, Tyler Brown, was stellar Sunday morning as he helped his team to a 4-1 win. With the Warriors having a lopsided 45 shots against and 26 for, Brownie received the Player of the Game Award.
Sunday night had a young GDI goaltending matchup as the 1st place Railcats faced the Brandon Wheat Kings. Eric Johnson defended the net for the 4-2 win as Cole Bohonos received the loss in net for Brandon. Bohonos put up a strong wall as the Railcats brought on a strong offensive attack, but it wasnt enough as the Railcats improve to 9-1-0 on the year
, with Brandon behind in 2nd at 9-5-0.