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!
Central Scouting NHL Rankings:
NHL Central Scouting released their Final Rankings of top skaters and top goaltenders for the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League and United States Hockey League, which has included the United States Under-18 National Team Developmental Program the past three seasons.
Headlining the list within the Western Hockey League were:
7 - Andrey Makarov - Saskatoon Blades
8 - Patrik Bartosak - Red Deer
13 - Chris Driedger - Calgary Hitmen
19 - Mackenzie Skapski - Kootney Ice
29 - Cole Holowenko - Prince Albert
GDI Prairies would like to wish the best to all of the goaltenders that were selected! For the full list of goaltenders Click Here
In the WHL - Road to the Memorial Cup:
The Spokane Chiefs are deadlocked at 1-1 against the Tri-City Americans. After taking the first game on the road in Overtime by a score of 3-2 they went on to get into another tight one in Game 2 where they attempted a comeback towards the end of the game but couldn't mustar a 2nd goal past Ty Rimmer. For the lose the Chiefs netminder Eric Williams grabbed the games 3rd star. The series gets going again back in Spokane on Wednesday night.
The other three series all have 2-0 leads for the Moose Jaw Warriors, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Portland Winterhawks. With all three of these teams in battle on Tuesday night there could be a strong picture of who may advance to the Conference Finals. For more on the WHL Playoffs Click Here
In the MJHL - Road to the RBC:
The Winnipeg Saints have held on to take the series to Game 5 after they grabbed a 3-1 win in Game 4. GDI Goaltenders Teagan Sacher and Adam Iwan grabbed the games 1st and 2nd Star Awards. Terriers goaltender Adam Iwan was also named the CFRY Player of the game.
Saints’ Head Coach/GM David Anning said his club was well aware they must-win situation they had found themselves. As he pointed out, the 3-0 deficit coming into the game was a bit misleading in the fact the club had lost a heart-breaking double overtime decision in Game 2.
“We parked the big picture (elimination prospect), and approached the game in five-minute segments,” said Anning. “If one shift didn’t go so well, we’d come back and try to execute our game plan. At this point, we couldn’t worry about the 3-0 deficit in the series. We focused on moving ahead and putting the pressure on them.”
The Saints responded in their usual way: speed. And, solid goaltending from Teagan Sacher, who turned aside 30 of 31 Terrier shots. The product of the Winnipeg Thrashers’ midget program was also named the Game’s No. 1 star.
“He’s responded very well,” Anning said of Sacher. “He’s had experience on the big stage (Telus Cup), so we felt this was a good opportunity for him. He did a good job against OCN and we know both our goaltenders (Addison Herosian) are up to the task when called upon.” For more on the MJHL Playoffs Click Here
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Looking at who will be crowned the MJHL Champion, the Terriers are looking to win their fourth MJHL championship in five years. On the other side, this is the Saints’ third MJHL final in the last five years.