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!

   

Leave A Lasting Imprint

As training camps and evaluations are well underway goaltenders are now vying for one of two spots on their respected teams. The question that often emerges on every goaltenders mind is that of what are the coaches looking for? What type of goaltender do they want on their team? Throughout the off-season athletes are provided with the time to rejuvenate their skill set with the freedom of learning new aspects of their position, along with refining strengths and improving weaknesses. As the end of August hits all of this preparation now must be bundled and encompassed by each goalie to put on display for their desired team that they wish to play for. Through the Bantam, Midget, and Junior ranks coaches will have a strong idea of who each goaltender is. What level they had last played at, how they played this past season, are all ideas that they already have based around each individual. Beyond these ideas that a coach may have  the biggest unknown that is factored in is the type of impression that a player can make when the coach first meets them and views them around the rink. PGA Professional Brad Brewer explains a persons tendency in society is to judge someone at face value instead of investing further time and effort getting to know with certainty who they really are. Brewers point here can be looked at in relation  to the process of training camp in how in such a short period of time a coach must become familiar with a player within only a few weeks. Here a players first impression that they leave is so crucial that the impact can be influential to the coach selecting or dropping the player from the team. Within the short evaluation period a strong first impression can leave a tattooed impact on how a coach thinks about a player. For example, if a goaltender is able to portray a sense of security in net when their team is on the penalty kill a coach will relish the calmness that is felt, and most likely have a sense of confidence in him. Another instance may be a first impression as simple as a handshake. When a player gives a firm handshake and is able to look a head coach in the eye he leaves that direct energy of confidence. Now think. What kind of impact would the coach of your desired team admire? Go behind their eyes and think about how they see you. What strengths can you bring to the table that will create that "whow" factor? The small positive acts that you do can truly leave imprints of who you are as a character and as a goaltender. Reminder: Portray Your Most Confident Self!___________________________________________________________________________

THE WEEKLY WORD:

Head over to The Rink Training Centre Blog at www.therink.ca on Wednesday to catch THE WEEKLY WORD for all the news on the players training at the centre! Wednesday reports on players are written by The Rink's Jon Cara and Monday reports on skill development are written by The Rink's Dave Cameron. _________________________________________________________________________________________

Bray & Pion Combine For Oil Caps Shutout:

With speculations up in the air for how this new team would do two St. Vital natives were able to hold the fort down in between the pipes. The Virden Oil Capitals faced off against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Sunday evening at the Tundra Oil and Gas Place for the Pre-Season Home Opener in Virden. Taking the first 'W' for the team in net was Nolan Bray and Erik Pion. Both GDI goaltenders trained this past season with the Total GDI Academy. Growing up in the same area of Winnipeg and both going to the same highschool they seemed to share a bond that carried over into training camp. As both goalies teamed up for the victory they will both be battling for a future spot on the team. Also with the Virden squad is Ty Edmonds. Most recently sent down from the WHL's Prince George Cougars, Edmonds recently signed with the Oil Capitals for his 16 year old season. The Virden Oil Capitals have four exhibition games remaining before their regular season starts up on September 21st against the Dauphin Kings.   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Chiefs Grab 3 W's In A Row:

Starting on September 2nd the Spokane Chiefs have grabbed several victories within their pre-season. Garrett Hughson and Trevor Martin weren't tested to much against Seattle as they were able to capture a 6-3 victory. Moving on to their next game against Everett the  Chiefs grabbed a 4-0 shutout with Hughson and veteran goaltender Eric Williams in net. In the opposing end for the Silvertips  Andy Desautels stopped 32 of 36. With the Chiefs only going 1 for 8 on the Powerplay the night wasn't a total loss for Desautels in net. Next up this past Saturday the Chiefs went up against the Tri-City Americans. Veteran goalies Williams and Comrie went head to head in this pre-season match-up. Williams came out in top with the win as he pushed aside 19 of 22. Allowing 5 in the opposing end Comrie held out 23 of 28 on the night taking the loss for the Americans. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Johnson Steels A Victory Over Selkirk:

Longtime GDI Prairies goaltender Evan Johnson was awarded the games first star on Saturday night when he helped the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL take down the Steelers by a score of 5-2. Johnson made 19 saves on the night for the second half of the game and Byron Spriggs stopped 15 of 15 for the first half of the game. In a tough battle, Selkirk was shutdown on all of their six powerplays. In the opposing end Trent Michalick stopped 17 of 20 and Dylan Kehler 13 of 15 for the Steelers. ________________________________________________________________________________________

Krahn Preparing For First Year Pro:

Longtime GDI goaltender Matt Krahn is currently preparing for his first year of pro. Training at GDI and Elite Performance he is looking to head into training camp well prepared. Along with his gym sessions and one-on-one training ice times he is also playing once a week on the large ice surface in The Rink Training Centre Pro and College 3v3 games. Krahn was near the top of the MJHL for statistical categories for several years. In his rookie year with the Portage Terriers he captured the MJHL Championship. Leading on from there he went on to achieve the the MJHL's top goaltender and 1st Team All-Star in 2011. Worthy to note Krahn played in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge as he helped Canada West advance into the Semi-Finals and finish in 4th place. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sacher Stands Tall Against Wheaties - Blades Next Weekend:

Teagan Sacher hopes his first impression is a lasting one. The rookie goaltender made a case for himself with a 32-save effort on Thursday night at the Co-operators Centre, backstopping the Regina Pats to a 3-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings in the pre-season opener for both WHL teams. Sacher finds himself in the familiar position of having to beat out either Matt Hewitt or Adam Beukeboom — who formed a solid duo last season — in order to win a job in Regina. Sacher took Beukeboom to the wire last season in the race for the No. 2 job before the Pats returned him to the Manitoba junior A ranks, where he had a solid season with a 14-6-0 record, 2.91 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. “It was a bad feeling last year being sent back when it was down to the final three,” offered Sacher, 18. “I trained hard this summer in Winnipeg. My goalie coach really helped me mentally and physically so I think I’m in better shape and I’m mentally ready for this year. Hopefully I can crack a spot.” Ironically, Sacher got a big assist on Thursday from forward Patrick D’Amico, who was his teammate last season with the MJHL’s Winnipeg Saints. The speedy D’Amico made a pretty play to set up Colton Jobke for Regina’s first goal of the night, then finished off the victory with an empty netter. D’Amico also added some intrigue when he took a checking-from-behind minor in the final five minutes with his team up 2-1. “I was a little nervous coming in — first-ever WHL game — but the jitters came out early and things went well,” said the 18-year-old forward. “I took a bad penalty at the end but the boys killed it off for me. I thank them.” Head coach Pat Conacher isn’t making any commitments at this point, but he was quick to acknowledge the performance of the two hopefuls from Manitoba. “Sacher was great,” said Conacher. “What I really liked about him was he was calm in net and made it look easy. He just stood there, stopped the puck, froze the puck. He really reminded me of a pro goalie. He stands deep in his crease, challenges his shooter and just lets it happen. He doesn’t overplay anything. “D’Amico, he has good wheels, he challenged the net a couple times. We used him on the power play, he set up the one goal with Jobke hitting him back-door. You can see he has good hockey IQ, he skates very well and he wants to be here bad.” Veteran Lane Scheidl had the other goal for the Pats while John Quenneville replied for the Wheat Kings, who outshot Regina 33-22, including 15-7 in the first. “The first period I had lots of action,” added Sacher, who didn’t allow a goal in the frame. “It’s faster than junior A. I tried to stay calm as I could and just stop the puck. I was really happy. I kind of got scared in the last three minutes when we got a penalty but we ended up with the win.” Conacher will take it, but he knows there’s plenty of work to be done in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 21 in Brandon. “It was pretty scrambly,” said Conacher, whose team was up 2-0 after the first and second periods. “Brandon pushed us, but our D, we’re trying to figure it all out. For a lot of these guys, even though we’ve practiced it, I think they had a hard time understanding that we don’t trap here. That’s the biggest reason you would see us flat-footed. Guys aren’t used to getting on their horse and going. The guys who were here last year, they’re going and the other guys are watching. As we talked I thought we got a little bit better but still I don’t think the players that haven’t been here realize it. We play that up-tempo brand.” For more on this article from the Regina Leader Post Click Here. Teagan Sacher has been a staple at GDI Prairies over the past three years as he has gone through 1v1 consulting year round. The past two off-seasons Sacher participated in the Total GDI Academy which included 3 hours of ice a week and Elite Performance Off-Ice Training. Added to his training he also was involved with being a goaltender in many pro/college 3v3 games late at night. All the staff at GDI would like to wish him the best heading into this upcoming year. For more articles and write ups on Sacher  Click Here.   ___________________________________________________________________________