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!



The third place Bisons men’s hockey team beat the first place Saskatchewan Huskies in Canada West standings for the second time in a row this weekend by a score of 3-1 in conference hockey action on Saturday, January 21 at Max Bell Arena. The Bisons, ninth ranked in CIS, win moves the home team to only two points back of third ranked Saskatchewan, with still two games in hand in the ultra competitive conference standings. With the result, both teams have already clinched a playoff spot in Canada West. In the first game Joe Caligiuri had 36 of 38 saves and in the second match up he made 27 saves for Manitoba. The Bisons will hit the ice again on January 27 in Lethbridge at 8 p.m. CT while Saskatchewan has the conference bye next weekend and resume conference play at home versus Calgary on February 3.  

In the WHL:

“What a steal” some may say as a goaltender closes the door on the opposing team and finds a way to grab a win for their team. On Friday night that was definitely the case for both Mac Engel and Alex Moodie. Playing in front of 4,700 fans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick Washington, Mac Engel came up big for the Spokane Chiefs. Entering the 3rd period of the game down 1-0 Engel proceeded to close the door on all 18 shots he faced, allowing Spokane to put three past Eric Comrie to capture the win. Stopping 37 of 38 on the night and killing all five of the Americans Power Play chances, Engel helped the Chiefs to a big 3-0 road win against the Western Conference leader, the Tri-City Americans. Also being awarded the nights 1st Star Award was Alex Moodie. On a wild ride as he started his WHL career not too long ago due to being called up to replace injured goaltender Andrey Makarov, he has turned heads with his stellar performances between the pipes! This past evening he built up another brick wall as he only allowed two on 35 shots fired his way, which included a similar pattern to Engels game, as he went on to the third period pushing aside 16 of 17 shots. Around the Western Hockey League, Chris Driedger, Damien Ketlo, and Payton Lee also picked up wins for their teams. Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on Sunday night in Vancouver, B.C. The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in a 3-2 setback to the Giants, giving him 6,959 career saves, eclipsing the previous long-held record of 6,958 saves set by former Thunderbirds netminder Danny Lorenz (1986-1990). Pickard is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Thunderbirds, having appeared in 217 career regular-season games.  He currently sits sixth on the WHL’s list of All-Time Games Played and third on the All-Time Minutes Played list at 12,639. Pickard was the Thunderbirds’ second-round pick, 38th overall, in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.  He was the Western Conference nominee for WHL Goaltender of the Year in 2009-10 for the Thunderbirds, and was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 49th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Congratulations to Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds on setting the WHL record for Career Saves. The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that they have signed goaltender Ty Edmonds (Winnipeg, MB) to a standard Western Hockey League contract. The Cougars drafted Edmonds in the ninth round of the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. “I’m looking forward to coming to camp and trying to make the team next season,” said Edmonds.  “It would be a dream come true to play for the Prince George Cougars.” Edmonds started training with Dan Ferguson since he was playing with the AA St.Vital Victoria's for Peewee, and then through AAA. So far this season Edmonds has performed very well in the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League. Edmonds has a record of 15-1-0-0 with two shutouts. His goals-against-average is currently 1.87 and his save percentage sits at .908. Edmonds represented Manitoba at the U-16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw back in October, and helped Manitoba earn a silver medal at the tournament.  

In the SJHL:

LaRonge Ice Wolves goaltender Myles Hovdebo found himself in a close match-up against the Flin Fon Bombers. Looking to battle for the road win, Hovdebo had to be consistent throughout the game as he faced over 10 plus shots per period. In the Overtime frame he was spectacular as he stopped five shots and road the momentum into the shootout where he closed the door on all three shooters he faced to pick up the big 3-2 ‘W’ for LaRonge. Picking up his 8th win of the season, Hovdebo looks to help the Ice Wolves claw their way up the standings as they currently sit in 4th place in the Bauer Division.

In the MBAAA:

  The Wild were on a streak this past week as they took down the Thrashers, Yellowhead, and Brandon. In their final match-up with Brandon they peppered Tyler Gutenberg with 71 shots. Heading into next weekend the 2012-2011 Winnipeg Thrasher National Championship team is nominated for Manitoba Team of the Year. The Winnipeg Thrashers became the first Winnipeg team to win the Telus Cup and are the second Manitoba team to win the championship since the Brandon Wheat Kings won it in 2004.

With Winnipeg Minor Hockey:

Many GDI goalies headed to All-Star games over the weekend. The following Female goaltenders were selected:
  • Cassidy Slobogian
  • Abby Gillis
  • Lauren Taraschuk
  • Grace Fedirchuk
  • Alyssa Kropp
  • Michelle Kerdes
  • Nicole Whitesell
  • Syndey Urwin
For the full list Click Here. The following AA Male goaltenders were selected:
  •   Brendan Benoit
  • Cole Bohonos
  • Patrick Wiens
  • Alex Comeault
  • Eric Samyn
  • Bryson McNeil
  • Dylan Myskiw
  • Brock Klippenstein
  • Mitch Manery
  • Eric Borton
  • Nolan Boitson
  • Keaton Klassen
  • Colin Gratton
For the full list Click Here.