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!
In the WHL:
In the lead up to the playoffs many teams look to change their position in the standings by grabbing much needed points. The Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats went to battle on Friday and Saturday night as both teams traded points as the Pats took Game 1 by a score of 5-4 and the Warriors took Game 2 at 3-2. Matt Hewitt stopped 39 of 43 shots
for the Pats victory and was awarded the games 3rd star. Besides suffering a lose, the next night Adam Beukeboom stopped 38 of 41 to grab the games second star. Beuk's shutdown the Warriors Powerplay and stymied the opposition in the 3rd as he stopped 17 shots to help move the game into overtime
to grab a point for the Pats.
The Spokane Chiefs fought there way to a 3-2 win as they peppered Nathan Lieuwen with 39 shots. Eric Williams of Spokane stopped 20 of 22 on the night. Nathan Lieuwen was awarded the games 2nd star.
Everett Silvertips Kent Simpson grabbed a 3-0 shutout over the Victoria Royals as he pushed aside all 26 hots he faced. The Royals were 0 for 4 on the Powerplay.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes carried on the tradition of recognizing player accomplishments in their final home game of the season Saturday night. In their Annual Awards night, the team took time in a pregame ceremony to recognize a number of players for their performance on and off the ice with a total of 10 awards being handed out. Goaltender Damien Ketlo received a handful of hardware as he took home the MVP - Harry Ingarfield Memorial Award and the The 94.1 CJOC Three Stars Award. Ketlo reached a milestone this year of 4000 saves! Congrats on a great year with Lethbridge this year and best of luck in the future outside of the WHL.
In the MJHL:
Addison Division Final is now set as the Portage Terriers look to face the Winnipeg South Blues. March 16th is set for the Game 1. Portage took their first round series against Selkirk on Friday by a score of 6-1. The Terriers Adam Iwan grabbed the win with 29 of 30 stops on the night.
The Winnipeg Saints look to wait the victor of Swan Valley vs OCN. Taking the series win on Saturday by a score of 6-3, the Saints were able to upset the 2nd place Kings and suprise the MJHL as they move on. Goaltenders Addison Herosian and Teagan Sacher look to backstop the Saints in their Semi-Final series.
In the MBAAA:
The MBAAA Final series is now set as the Southwest Cougars look to take on the Winnipeg Wild. GDI trained goaltenders Brian Archibald and Gage Murray from the Cougars look to face Alex Moodie and Ty Edmonds between the pipes for the Wild.
After a grueling Semi-Final series against the Winnipeg Thrashers Brian Archibald helped the Cougars rise above and claim their entry into the finals. After loosing to the Thrashers the previous year in the finals some of the Cougars may of had a mindset of redemption as they entered the series. After loosing Game 3 of the series by 3-2 the Cougars were able to recoup and take Game 4 in possibly one of the closely fought matchups throughout the year.
Thrasher goaltender Brendan Fiebelkorn was relentless throughout the series. After suffering a tough defeat in Game 1 he was able to rebound and come back in Game 2 with vengeance. Pushing aside any doubt from the previous loss, Fiebelkorn brought Game 2 to Double Overtime. After losing a second battle the Thrashers went to Souris and hit the ice with a mindset of believing. Leading this belief was their goaltender as he refused to give any momentum to the Cougars as he shutdown countless scoring chances that the Cougars had to capture the victory
. In the final game of the series he continued his ways of fighting to win.
After the first period the score was deadlocked at 0-0. Rare chances were given to either team to put the puck in the net. Archibald and Fiebelkorn were outstanding in net as the Thrashers looked to stay alive and the Cougars looked to find a way to win to get to the finals. In the first 10 minutes the Thrashers peppered Archibald with an endless fire of rubber. The brick wall the he built along the ice seemed immovable as no jam or whack of the puck could find their way by.
With the undying effort by both goalies between the pipes the series was a nail-bitter as game scores were kept low and the fans gripped their seats to the final minutes. With the 3-1 Game 4 win the Cougars now head to the finals against the Winnipeg Wild. Due to the fact that Southwest is holding the Telus Cup Western Regional Qualifying Tournament the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League will have both teams competing to advance to the Telus Cup. GDI Prairies would like to wish both teams, along with goaltenders Brian, Gage, Alex, and Ty, the best as they go for their quest to win the Manitoba Provincial Championship and then move on for the road to the Telus Cup!
Looking at Minor Hockey:
In-Season Academy goaltender Riley Sveistrup recently helped his team capture the Male Peewee AA Provincial Championship! At a young age, Riley is a extremely dedicated student of the game as he has put in the time day in and day out to advance his skill level. GDI would like to congratulate Riley and his partner Justin Klassen for their recent success!
Looking to the Manitoba Bantam 1 AAA City Championships, over the weekend the WPG Monarchs stayed alive as they were able to take an OT victory in Game 4 over the WPG Warriors. On the brink of elimination any margin of error could result in a championship win for the opposition. Goaltender Adam Jones was able to push away the pressure in the sudden death period to help his team find a way to win. Looking to Game 5, both teams will look to go game-by-game to either win it all or stay alive in their quest for the city championship and to qualify for the provincials.
Moving to the WMHA City Midget AAA Finals, the Winnipeg Hawks have taken a 1-0 lead in the Finals as they beat the Eastman Selects 7-1. Goaltenders Reid Pennington and Ryan Brown look to backstop the hopes in the best of 7 series.
In the Bantam 2 Finals goaltenders Riley Bannerman and Ryan Kubic have helped the Hawks take a commanding three games to none lead and look to take the championship on March 13th when they play Game 4 of the series.
In other news, the AA Peewee Railcats returned back on Feb. 20th with a Silver Medal after losing in the finals at the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament. All tournament games were played at the Pepsi Colisee in front of thousands of fans. The RAILCATS went undefeated in their tournament games leading up to the final game, and winning their AA Legare Division. They advanced after their Sunday morning victory to the final game of the tournament. They played against the Hershey Bears from Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon. The Railcats lost 2-0 in the final to a Hersey team that has been in the final the last 4 years,and winning in 3 of those years. GDI Prairies would like to congratulate both goaltenders, Alex Comeault and Treyton Blank, for their recent success.