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, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!

 

The Esso Cup - Female Midget National Championship:

Saturday afternoon was a dream come true for the Pembina Valley Hawks. The female midget team represented the Western Region of Canada in the Esso Cup, which consisted of playing seven games in seven days to compete for the crown of being the top team in Canada. he Pembina Valley Hawks (West) are a team made up of players from 12 different communities, a fact referenced all week on an end-board sign that read: ‘12 Towns = Pembina Valley = Esso Cup! A reference to the team’s emphasis on playing for each other, the Hawks fulfilled that sign’s prophecy Saturday at the CARI Complex, defeating former champions the Thunder Bay Queens (Ontario) 4-2 to claim their first-ever gold medal at Canada’s National Female Midget Championship. Brittni Mowat (Glenboro, Man.) withstood the potent Queens attack throughout the game, making plenty of key saves and showing why she was named the tournament’s top netminder. Mowat started off the tournament with back to back shutouts. The first game in P.E.I. she built up a brick wall in net as she pushed aside all 33 shots she faced, and turned aside all seven breakaways she faced in the shootout to grab a 1-0 victory. This first appearance may have had an effect on how teams went into games against Pembina Valley. Mowat never showed a sign of weakness throughout the seven days as she held a Goals Against Average of 1.38 and an outstanding  Save Percentage of .945. GDI Prairies would like to congratulate Brittni Mowat on being selected as the Top Goaltender of the Esso Cup and for helping the Pembina Valley Hawks take home a National Championship for Manitoba and the Prairies region! A moment in hockey history that will never be forgotten!  

The Telus Cup - Male Midget National Championship:

Sunday was a jam packed day full of NHL hockey. Conquering the second round of the playoffs though was the National Midget title being put on the line in a game that had Canadians glued to their TV's for! The Telus Cup Gold Medal game had the Red Deer Rebels (Pacific) playing against the Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin (Quebec). The first time both of these teams went head-to-head the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Before the end of the first period Quebec was up 3-0, holding a commanding lead that sparked confidence of a possible victory and hoist of the cup. At the start of the second the Rebels scored an early goal 43 seconds in, but had their jump squandered by two more consecutive goals by the Phénix. Entering the 3rd period there seemed to be without a doubt an idea that the cup was going to go to Quebec. In a surprise turn of events, the Phénix allowed four straight goals against as they were on the Penalty Kill for a long period of time as David Storto took a Major  for Boarding. Kevin Darveau replaced Simon Leiva in the cage for the Quebec representative as he looked to close the door as the game went into Overtime. Both Kevin Darveau and Dasan Sydora (Red Deer) were up to the task of pushing aside everything they faced in the first 10 minute  overtime period. Having the game head to a Double OT Red Deer found a way to get their wheels going and get an attack in the Quebec zone. With a quick face-off win the Red Deer Rebel's Nick Glackin got the puck and fired a bullet that rippled the mesh to get the victory and bring the Telus Cup to the Pacific Region for the Red Deer Rebels! The National Midget Gold is staying in the West of Canada for another year. In the past 3 years from 2009-2011 the Western Region took the Gold home, with last championship going to the Winnipeg Thrashers. The Saskatoon Contacts, the Western Region representative, took home the Bronze Medal at the Telus cup with a 3-2 victory over Leduc.  

In the WHL - Road to the Memorial Cup:

The Western Hockey League has announced the schedule for the 2012 WHL Championship Series between the Husky Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the Kal Tire Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks.  The winner of the WHL Championship Series will be presented the Ed Chynoweth Cup and represent the WHL at the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.  Please see 2012 WHL Championship logo attached.2012 WHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SERIES O (Game # - Visitor @ Home; Date) All Start Times Are Local #1 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 3 (7:00pm MT) #2 – Portland @ Edmonton; Friday, May 4 (7:00pm MT) #3 – Edmonton @ Portland; Sunday, May 6 (6:00pm PT), Rose Garden #4 – Edmonton @ Portland; Tuesday, May 8 (7:00pm PT), Rose Garden #5 – Portland @ Edmonton; Thursday, May 10 (7:00pm MT)** #6 – Edmonton @ Portland; Saturday, May 12 (TBD), Rose Garden** #7 – Portland @ Edmonton; Sunday, May 13 (TBD)** ** - if necessary

2012 WHL BANTAM DRAFT:

The Western Hockey League will conduct its annual Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 3rd, at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary, AB. The WHL Bantam Draft is the first opportunity for WHL Clubs to replenish their systems with graduating Bantam-aged players. The order of selection for the first round of the draft is determined through a weighted lottery consisting of the six non-playoff teams. The draft order is based on the inverse overall standings from the regular season. The 2012 WHL Bantam Draft will see the Seattle Thunderbirds select first overall. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Thunderbirds will have the first overall pick in the WHL Bantam Draft. WHL fans can watch the first round of the 2011-12 WHL Bantam Draft live online via Webcast. The Draft begins at 8:30AM MST.  

Team Manitoba - POE Top 40:

Hockey Manitoba has announced the Top 40 roster selections for the Under 16 and Under 18 Program of Excellence teams. A total of forty-one players have been invited to the Under-16 camp, comprised of five goalies, twelve defensemen, and twenty-four forwards. Following a competitive POE Spring Tournament which featured a total of 136 of the province’s best 1997 born (male) players the coaching and evaluation staff were faced with many tough decisions in cutting down to the forty player range. The POE TOP-40 Camp roster will feature a large amount of Western Hockey League draft picks next week, in addition it is anticipated that a number of players who were not invited to the TOP-40 Camp will also receive a call from the Western Hockey League during next week’s draft. GDI Prairies would like to congratulate the following players who were selected to each POE team:Under 16 Tyler Brown - Winnipeg B1 Warriors Hayden Dola - Interlake B1 Lightning Troy Martyniuk - Winnipeg B1 Hawks Mario Petit - Eastman B1 Selects Tyson Verhelst - Brandon B1 Wheat Kings   U18 Jessica Campbell - Parkland Rangers Rachel Dyck - Balmoral Hall Justine McIntosh - Winnipeg Avros Brittni Mowat - Pembina Valley Hawks  

In the MJHL - Road to the RBC:

The Anavet Cup went to Game 7 on Sunday night. The Humbolt Broncos were able to take the victory and Anavet Championship at home in a long fought series! Previous to Sunday night, the Terriers were able to force a winner-take-all Game 7, thanks to a thrilling 5-4 win Saturday against Humboldt Terriers, in a game which was decided in triple overtime. The hero of the night was Terrier veteran Shaq Merasty, who scored just 3:43 into the third OT. “It could have went either way. (Goaltender) Adam Iwan was really good. It seems I say that after every game. But he was outstanding again for us. It was one of those games where we had the lead, but a couple of Bronco power plays changed the game. But our guys dug in, which our guys will do when it gets tough out there.” Both teams will meet again in this years RBC - National Championships, with the Terriers getting a birth into the tournament due to Humbolt being the host.