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!
With the Pros:
Damien Ketlo just put his name on a short list, and he hasn’t even signed a permanent contract for a hockey team yet.
Odds are he did himself a big favor on Tuesday night, but it was an even bigger performance for the Colorado Eagles, as they secured home ice for the first round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs with a 3-0 win over the pesky Ontario Reign.
Having joined the team just Saturday morning, Ketlo, a 21-year-old netminder fresh from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, had but a couple of days to get his feet under him and get acquainted with his teammates before being thrown to the fire with the Eagles needing just one point to get that No. 4 slot in the postseason.
Instead, Ketlo had ice in his veins, stopping all 27 shots he faced in his professional debut.
In 3 games over 5 days
Ket's was able to slot 2 wins as he was peppered with 114 shots against. Well, you can definitly say there wasn't any time to rest and have your mind wonder!
In the WHL - Road to the Memorial Cup:
Beside the series of Spokane and Vancouver all other 7 series had been basically blowouts... Edmonton was able to take down the reigning champions as they swept Kootney. Tri-City, Kamloops, Portland, and Medicine Hat also pushed aside their opponents going 4 and 0 to advance.
Looking to the second round match-ups the Spokane Chiefs will take on the Western Conference leader the Tri-City Americans. The last time both teams met Spokane came away with a 3-2 win. Chiefs netminder Eric Williams holds a .930 Save Percentage and 1.78 GAA from the 5 games that he has been between the pipes.
The Wheat Kings sit in a similar position as they go up against the Eastern Conference leader the Edmonton Oil Kings. Corbin Boes looks to shutdown the Oil King attack that is led by The Rink Training Centre client and Manitoba's own Michael St. Croix.
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In the MJHL - Road to the RBC:
The Portage Terriers and Winnipeg Saints hit the ice Sunday night for Game 1. Adam Iwan stopped 26 of 29 on the night to take the win for Portage and his 9th win of the playoffs. The dogs went 2/2 on the powerplay, which helped contribute to their offensive attack being so strong to take Game 1.
The Terriers’ recent move to the Addison Division has proved beneficial for the defending MJHL/ANAVET Cup champs – finishing the season in the top spot, and defeating the Steelers and the Blues in the post season. “Our goaltender (Adam Iwan) has been a big part of why we’re going to the final,” Terriers head coach/GM says of his team’s success. “There have been contributions from all the guys on the team, which you definitely need to have if you’re going to make it this far.”
Being the league for his second year, Iwan has fallen back on a his experience and on having a positive mindset on going through the season by using his opportunities that come his way.
The Winnipeg Saints have had a little move of their own, making them the first ever cross-over team to win a playoff series. Check that: two playoff series. “We worked hard all season to position ourselves well…it’s been great that the cross-over has allowed us to get into the playoffs,” says Saints Head Coach/GM David Anning. “There were definitely not the same rivalries (in the playoffs) that we’re used to, but we had to defeat some good teams in order to get to the finals.”
Helping the Saints advance was goaltenders Addison Herosian and Teagan Sacher. In Game 5 and 6 of the Sherwood Division Final Sacher took over and helped the Saints capture a go ahead win for the series in Double Overtime. After the Saints never looked back as they pushed aside the OCN Blizzard and advanced to the Championship Finals.
Road to the Telus Cup - National Midget Championship:
The Western Regional Telus Cup Qualifier came to an end Sunday as the Saskatoon Contacts downed the Southwest Cougars by a score of 5-1. The Southwest goal was peppered with 38 bullets of rubber as the Contacts found a way to hunt down the Cougars. After being down 1-0 the Contacts pushed aside any doubt of not being in the game as they scored a short handed goal late in the first frame, and then proceeded to never look back as they took the lead mid-way through the game. Mack Shields allowed a low of 5 goals against in 4 games to be rock solid in the Saskatoon goal. Looking to the Telus Cup - National Championship the Contacts look to build the streak of the Prairies winning ways!
GDI Prairies would like to congratulate both Brian Archibald and Gage Murray on their success this season and for being a stable tandem for Southwest. This was Archibald's 3rd year with the Cougars and Murray's 2nd.
Looking to the dominant Winnipeg Wild, both Alex Moodie and Ty Edmonds found themselves having breakout year were the light of success shone on them in different ways. Edmonds was the only 1996 born player to be on the Wild roster, and found himself capturing 5 shutouts and a record of 22-1-0 throughout the year. Moodie held a .917 save percentage for season play and was a goaltender that boasted a physical presence in net. Being called up to next years Memorial Cup host team. the Saskatoon Blades, he grabbed 9 victories in the 13 games he was in.
POE News - U16 Male and U18 Female:Over the weekend the Team Manitoba U16 Male and U18 Female athletes took to the ice for the spring tournament. GDI Prairies had 20 goaltenders that competed to show what they have over the weekend.After a long couple weeks leading towards the tournament we can say that the preparation that many of these goaltenders put in definitely paid off. If you feel good typically you will in turn play good. In order to get to this point you must have a balance of confidence and past success. In order to get both of these components you must have a desire and passion to prepare. Leading up to the Top 40 camp in May we would like to encourage every goaltender to have a balanced mindset. Don't get ahead of yourself or get down and have doubt. Strive to grow and become curious of what you can do better and what you can continue to build up to be your strengths!