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:
Starting off the weekend Pats rookie netminder Adam Beukeboom picked up his 2nd win of the season with a 7-3 victory
over the Victoria Royals. Being down 2-1 after the first period, Regina was able to climb there way back and knot the game at 3-3. In the third they found a way to lock down and score four straight for the win.
Looking to another rookie within the league, newcomer Alex Moodie
has been on a roll as of late with the Saskatoon Blades. Recording his first shutout of his WHL career on Wednesday night with 37 saves Moodie has continued to stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand each day as he has gone on to capture five straight wins over the last two weeks.
The Spokane Chiefs were able to grab 3 points over the weekend as Mac Engel was able to take down the Western Conference 1st place standing Tri-City Americans. Engel stopped 31 of 34 and built a brick wall against all 5 of Tri-Cities powerplay chances for the 5-3 win. Beside their triumphant victory over Tri-City, the Chiefs found themselves in a sudden death match-up against the Everett Silvertips. Typically finding their way with the 'Tips, Austin Lotz was able to change that notion as he closed the door on 37 of 40 shots, helping his team battle back from being down 3-0 to being victorious with a 4-3 Overtime win.
In other WHL news, Brandon Glover helped the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-2 win
over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Glover has a fairly tame night as he stopped 27 of 29 for the win.
In the MJHL:
Many GDI goaltender went head-to-head on Saturday night within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In a 6-2 Winkler Flyer victory, Tyler Oswald
was awarded the win over Neepawa Native goaltender Alex Henry. In a high scoring affair, previous MBAAA goaltenders Adam Iwan and Brendan Edie went to battle. Edie faced the worst of it as he allowed 5 goals on 40 shots as Portage took the 6-4 victory
Both Addison Herosian
and Matt Krahn continued the theme of the weekend as they were awarded the games 2nd and 3rd star awards. In a fairly even game as both goaltenders saw 31 shots against, the Saints were able to climb to the top and capture two points with a late third period goal at 19:33 to take the 3-2 win.
Playing his last two games against OCN, Herosian has been "heroic" against the Blizzard as of late.
In the MBAAA:
Sunday afternoon had the Manitoba Provincial Midget All-Star Game featuring a high scoring affair as the East All-Star team took the 6-3 win over the team West. Davy Fisher from Team East was the only goaltender out of the four to not allow anything to get past him as he went on to make 26 saves through the 30 minute half that he played. For more on the game Click Here
A day earlier, the star of the day was without a doubt Zac Robidoux. Peppered in net against the Winnipeg Thrashers, Robidoux held the Pembina Valley Hawks in the game. After the first period the game was locked scoreless. Looking up to the scoreboard the Hawk netminder pushed aside 22 shots if not more. Suffering the 3-1 loss, Robidoux allowed two goals on the 11 powerplay chances that the Thrashers had and allowed one more to get past him within the 49 plus shots that he faced.
Many goaltender came close to finding their way to a perfect game but came shy as they allowed one goal against. Shaun Gerbinski, Gage Murray, Justin Paulic, and Jordan Taylor all fell short.
Two games that stood out over the weekend was the battle of Norman vs Brandon and the Division leading Wild and Cougars as both games went into sudden death shootouts. Both Justin Paulic and Justin Holder played outstanding in net as they shared fairly even games as they both faced 30 plus shots on the night. Paulic came out on top with the 2-1 victory
. Looking at the Division leaders, the Wild and the Cougars, this match-up is always set to be tight. On the evening of the 13th both teams hit the ice looking to spark their credibility within the league and to find their was to have the home ice advantage for the playoffs. Heading into the third period and into overtime the game stayed locked at deuces. The shots seemed to lopsided as Cougar netminder Brian Archibald faced 30 on the night and Ty Edmonds 14. Possibly having an affect, the Wild took this momentum of being in the Cross Division rivals end as they proceeded to put two past Archibald to take the 3-2 win
. Two of the top teams within the MBAAA Midget Provincial League, both teams always create a must see game!
With Winnipeg Minor Hockey:
Leading into the teams trip to Dallas, Dakota Collegiate's Highschool hockey team was given a jump with a big win over John Taylor Collegiate. Goaltender Johnny Hawash helped Dakota take a 7-3 victory as he stopped 31 shots on the night.
Not forgetting about the All-Star weekend for Manitoba AAA, all three divisions from Bantam to Midget had a full day of events on Saturday that put up a display full of talent and creativity. As East and West teams sported the Winnipeg Jet colors they all went through a full day of participating in the skill competition, skating competition, and showcase game. Goaltender definitely faced a lot of rubber in each game, but most still found a way to include some highlight of the night saves.