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!
With a 17-5-2 record the Bisons have now moved into first place with 36 points within the Canada West Conference. This past Friday kicked of the start of two games against UBC. Game one finished in a shootout with the Bisons taking the 3-2 victory
. Goaltender Joe Caligiuri made 30 saves on the evening. In game two the match-up was just as close, and took the Bisons by surprise as they found themselves down early. In this game netminder Joe Caligiuri made 14 saves in the first two periods, and Mark Friesen made seven in the third for the win. The Bisons went into the 3rd period being down 3-1 for this game and found a way to make a comeback as they scored four straight goals in the third to take the 5-3 win
Next up the Bisons are away for the weekend in Calgary before they return home for their last two season games against UBC.
In the WHL:
First year netminder for the Regina Pats Adam Beukeboom picked up his first WHL career shutout on Friday night. Beuke's grabbed the games 2nd star award as he stopped 27 shots on the night. With the victory Beukeboom went on to start the teams next game Saturday night as they played Lethbridge. In this game the momentum seemed to stay on the Pats side, but unfortunately they couldn't beat their old netminder Damien Ketlo. As 20 year old goaltender was traded to the Hurricanes at the start of the year he must have looked for this game on the schedule as he was on his game all night. Stopping 45 of 47 shots Ketlo 45 of 47 shots he was awarded the games first star as he helped his new team to a 3-2 victory.
In other action on Friday, CHL Prospect Goaltender Chris Dreidger went up against last years WHL Championship goaltender Nathan Lieuwen in a low scoring affair. The ice seemed to have the momentum on their side in the first period as they had a 1-0 lead, but quickly the tides changed as Calgary picked up their socks and went to work. In the remaining two period Lieuwen was peppered and only faltered once as he helped the Ice to a 2-1 win. Continuing into Saturday, Lieuwen helped the Ice freeze the Chiefs as they captured a 4-2 victory at home.
The Western Hockey League announced on Friday that Chris Driedger, of the Calgary Hitmen, has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Month for January. The 17-year-old top NHL prospect posted a 6-0 record through January with two shut-outs. Driedger’s 1.29 goals-against average and 0.954 save percentage led all WHL goaltenders in January, allowing just eight goals on 173 shots-against in 371 minutes played. His efforts also earned him 1st Star selection three times through the month.
Driedger’s consistent play helped the Hitmen to a 13-1-0-0 record in January and now found themselves in third spot in the WHL Eastern Conference standings with a 31-17-2-1 record for 65 points.
Spencer Tremblay appeared in his 15th game of the year with the Warriors on Saturday as they went up against the Prince Albert Raiders. As the Florida Panthers 1st rounder Quinton Howden went to work stealing the show with a hat-trick and racking up 4 points on the night, his Manitoba teammate in net was able to have a sound night for himself as he stopped 28 of 30 to pick up the 7-2 win. Currently Moose Jaw sits 2nd, 4 points back of Edmonton in the Eastern Conference.
In the MJHL:
Goaltender Teagan Sacher grabbed his second win in a row as he took down Winkler on Wednesday and then Portage on Saturday in a Shootout.
The Saints return to action on Wednesday February 8th at the MTS Centre. This is the third annual Red River Showdown, as the two clubs were tied at 2 going into the third period during last year's game before the Saints exploded for 5 third period goals. The Saints won 7-2.
The Saints are currently 26-20-5 after defeating the Terriers in Portage on Saturday.
In the SJHL:
Myles Hovdebo continues to be on a tare as he turned aside all 22 shots he faced on Wednesday, as the La Ronge Ice Wolves blanked the Melfort Mustangs 2-0. The Ice Wolves (28-17-0-5) are in a great battle for third place in the Bauer, and close the gap to one point back of Nipawin, who currently holds down third spot. Both teams have 8 games to play.
In the MBAAA:
The Winnipeg Thrashers grabbed three wins in four days as they were able to take down Kenora, Southwest, and Brandon. Goaltenders Shaun Gerbinski and Brendan Fiebelkorn both picked up shutouts over the weekend.
On Friday night the Thrashers went up against the Southwest Cougars in a battle for the ages. Both teams were finalists in the league last year and match-up as being strategic and both well groomed teams. In this games both GDI goaltenders, Brendan Fiebelkorn (Thrashers) and Brian Archibald (Cougars), were caught in a game where they had to be on their toes. As the game entered the 3rd with Southwest having the 4-2 lead the Thrashers found a way to turn the game around and make it 5-4 and take the victory. This was the Thrashers first win against their rival all year.
The Southwest Cougars are holding this years Western Regional Championships in Virden.