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:
Right now many of the series match-ups in the WHL have the higher seeded team taking a 2-0 series lead. In the Western Conference match-ups Tri-City, Portland, Kamloops, and Vancouver all are ahead two games to none. In the East Medicine Hat and Edmonton have the same advantage. Two series that may go the distance for going back and forth is the Regina vs Moose Jaw and Brandon vs Calgary.
With seven games tomorrow evening each series could show their colors of who is taking command or who is looking to jump back into the win column.
In the MJHL:
The Sherwood Division has the Saints taking the lead in the series as they hold ground at 3-2 and hope to win Game 6 to advance to the Finals. The big game goes this evening at the Civic Centre.
In their last game out in OCN the Saints rookie netminder Teagan Sacher stood tall in net as they squeezed out a victory in Double Overtime to upset the home crowd.
Looking at the Winnipeg Blues they sit in the opposite side of the tracks as they are behind 3-2 to the Portage Terriers. Goaltender Adam Iwan has came up big throughout this series for the Terriers and hopes to continue to push his team to the finals as they play Game 6 tonight in Winnipeg at the Iceplex.
For more on the MJHL playoffs Click Here
In the MBAAA:
Yet another year a Winnipeg team takes the Provincial Championship for the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. It was a dominant performance on Wednesday night by the Winnipeg Wild to win the title. The team capped off the playoffs with a 9-0 three series sweep to be undefeated. During the season goaltenders Alex Moodie and Ty Edmonds helped the team achieve a first overall regular season record of 41-2-1.
GDI Prairies would like to congratulate both Ty and Alex! Both goaltenders have dedicated themselves so much to the position, day in and day out. In order to find success hard work and confidence must be a stand point to push a goaltender to be better. Looking at these two workhorses they did just that as they never quite!
March 29th now kicks off the Western Regional Championships as the Wild are set to play the Saskatchewan representative. The reunion of the Wild and Southwest Cougars is placed on the final date before the Championship Final on March 31st. For more information on the Western Regionals Click Here
Looking at Minor Hockey:
Looking at the Manitoba Bantam 1 Provincials the Interlake Lightning came out of the weekend with a Bronze Medal. Goaltender Hayden Dola went 3-0-1 over the weekend and was selected as the Top Goaltender of the Provincials.
Dola now looks forward to training for this upcoming years Team Manitoba U16 Program of Excellence that approaches quickly in the coming months.
Looking for the team of the year? Many don’t look to this age, but it can definitely be noted that the WMHA AA Minor Peewee St. Boniface Railcats had an outstanding year! The team was led by their goaltender Eric Johnson and Brendan Benoit as they lost their first game of the year and then went on to go 48-1.
Recently the guys captured the city championship to cap off an unbelievable season! Congrats guys!
Next year the team now receives the honor to represent Winnipeg in the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament.
Over the past few weeks we had countless emails about goaltenders that have received awards and have helped their team become champions. We would like to congratulate goaltender Jordan Yakiwchuk and his 9A2 Lord Selkirk Red Steelers team for capturing the championship. Their team also got third place in Thief River falls this year and won the Christmas challenge in Winnipeg.
GDI would also like to congratulate Isaac Poulter for winning the 10A2 City Championship on the 22nd. Isaac played all 8 games, allowed only 12 goals against and recorded 2 shutouts. Congrats Isaac!
Another congrats goes out to one of our female goaltenders, Courtney Marko, for helping Pembina Valley capture the Championship. Courtney played in six games and allowed only three goals against. Great work Marko!
Looking to the South end of the city, we have a champion from the Dakota Community Centre as Riley Steinbach helped backstop his team to a championship final sweep and took the final game with a 3-0 shutout! Good work Riley!