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!
Saturday night for the Winnipeg Jets was like a fly caught in a spider web failing to get free. Taking an early two goal lead on the road is tough to achieve, but an even tougher task is trying to keep it. The common saying is that two goal leads are the most deceiving, and for the Jets this was just the case. After falling from 2-0 to 4-2 they attempted to climb, fall, climb, trip and fall some more. The final score ended at 8-5
for Pittsburgh as GDI trained Marc-Andre Fleury grabbed the win for the Penguins and Ondrej Pavelec suffered the tough loss.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
gave up goals on five of 25 shots but still beat the Winnipeg franchise for the eighth straight time in Pittsburgh. Fleury is 12-2 overall against the Jets, who relocated from Atlanta after last season. The 2009 Stanley Cup Champion and 2010 Winter Olympics Gold Medalist spent his two Team Canada World Junior experiences teamed up with Ian Clark (GDI Founder). Clark was Team Canada's Goaltending Consultant for four years garnering two gold medals and two silver medals during this stretch.
Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason picked up the games 1st Star against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Mason stopped 34 of 35 shots. After closing out the first period at 1-1
the Blue Jackets shut the door against the Wild as they threw two pucks past goalie Niklas Backstrom
to grab an away victory at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Niagara University Purple Eagles played Robert Morris to a 2-2 draw on Sunday. GDI trained goaltender Abby Ryplanski made 27 saves for a 5-7-3 record on the year.
"I was happy with our effort tonight," head coach Josh Sciba said
. "I thought Abby [Ryplanski] played well and Jenna Hendrkx had a good game. Kelsey Welch played very well for us tonight. I think there are a lot of girls that are doing some good things." The Purple Eagles have a week off before completing the regular season portion of their schedule in a weekend series against the Syracuse Orange. The first game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 and concludes the following day.
For the third time this year, Joe Caligirui was a brick wall against the University of Calgary Dinos as the University of Manitoba Bisons picked up a thrilling 1-0 shootout victory on Saturday
, February 11th. Manitoba retained first place in the standings with the Saskatchewan Huskies (third place and two points back) and Alberta Golden Bears (second spot and one point back of Manitoba) breathing down their necks. As the Dinos were unable to solve Caligirui, he picked up his third shutout of the year. Stopping all 4 of Calgary's power play chances and all 25 shots against we can only conclude that Joe had one heck of a perfect game.
In the WHL:
Taking the month of Januarys 2nd Star is longtime GDI goaltender Alex Moodie. Starting off we can say that Christmas was more then just a couple days for Mr. Moodie. On Boxing Day he took the trek to Saskatoon to join the Blades as Andrey Makarov was with Team Russia in the World Junior Championships.
To a surprise, he ended up staying for with the team for close to a month. In the month of January he recorded a 8-2 record with the team, which included one shutout against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Playing with the Winnipeg Wild for the season Moodie has been a big part of the teams outstanding record as they have dominated with a 41-2-1 record.
The second place Moose Jaw Warriors have clinched a playoff spot and on Friday night Luke Siemens grabbed another victory for the team as the Warriors took down the Hitmen by a score of 4-2.
Goaltender Nathan Lieuwen grabbed two wins over the Saskatoon Blades
on Saturday and then capturing a 4-0 shutout
against the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.
Other heroics across the league included Laurent Brossoit shutting out the Prince George Cougars 5-0.
With the 24 save performance win the Edmonton Oil Kings move to 37 wins and 81 points, 3 points back of the leagues top team
the Kamloops Blazers.
In the MJHL:
First off, capturing the month Januarys 1st Star is the Dauphin Kings netminder Dawson Guhle
. Guhle sits in 6th in goaltender statistics for his efforts throughout the season. With his strong play he has helped the Kings climb their way to a successful season as they lead the league with 81 points. In 26 games played Guhle has a record of 20-6-0, a save percentage of .911 and a GAA of 2.84.
For the 3rd straight year the Addison Division rivals – the Winnipeg Saints and the Selkirk Steelers – met up at the MTS Centre for the Red River Showdown. With the Steelers winning in 2010 and the Saints taking the game last year, this was the rubber match. Patrick D’Amico scored his 13th of the season midway through the first period and the Saints never looked back. Goaltender Addison Herosian helped backstop the Saints with 26 saves as they defeated the Selkirk Steelers 4-1 to win the Red River Showdown at the MTS Centre on Wednesday.
Over the weekend the Saints had a stint of 3 home games back-to-back as they took on the Blues, Wayway, and Selkirk. The team was able to split the three games and gain 3 of a possible 6 points as they lost in overtime to Wayway 3-2 and took down the Steelers again with a 4-2 win.
The league has also drawn attention to the strong play of two goaltenders as the MJHL Award Nominations were announced recently. Nominated for the league MVP Steve “Boomer” Hawrysh Award was Matt Krahn (OCN Blizzard) for the second year and Swan Valley Stampeders Jarson Argue.
Up for the leagues Top Goaltender is the Selkirk Steelers Adam Harris, Swan Valley’s Jayson Argue and OCN’s Matt Krahn. For more on the MJHL Award nominations Click Here.
In the SJHL:
Saturday night Andy Desautels was able to grab a big win for the Flin Flon Bombers as he stopped all 35 shots he faced for the shutout
. Dezzy grabbed the games 1st star award as he moves his record on the year to .500 as the Bombers battle to catch up to La Ronge in the standings
. As Davis Jones of the Nipawin Hawks grabbed the most recent Goaltender of the Week Award, Desautels received a honorable mention for his play over the past seven days.
In the MBAAA:
Locking up the final games of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League Sunday was full of goose eggs. Almost unheard of, all four games on Sunday night were shutouts. Brendan Fiebelkorn (Winnipeg Thrashers), Alex Moodie (Winnipeg Wild), Derek Davies (Interlake Lightning), and Zac Robidoux (Pembina Valley Hawks) all grabbed perfect games. All four GDI goaltenders sit in the top 10 of league leader of goaltender statistics, not to mention that 9 out of 10 goaltenders have trained with GDI Prairies through the past 2-3 years.
Picking up the top spot on the leader board is Gage Murray. Gage has been sensational this year as he has found a way to get behind pucks and steal wins against some of the leagues top teams. With a 17-2-1 record, 5 shutouts, 1.42 GAA and a .920 Save Percentage it is well deserved! Keep it up Gage as we wish you all the best as you head into playoffs and then to the Western Regionals - Telus Cup Qualifier.
Looking at Minor Hockey:
Claiming the month of Januarys 3rd Star is the Warriors Tyler Brown and Tyler Gagliardi. Brownie and Gag’s have had a great second half of the season as they have helped the Bantam 1 Winnipeg Warriors have climbed their way up the standings and looked to capture 1st place. Inching their way closer they headed to Thunder Bay over the weekend.
Out of the 3 games they played Gagliardi and Brown were able to each grab a win to take 4 of 6 points. With the two victories the team moves towards playoffs on a high note as they are set to ride the momentum of their winning ways.
GDI Prairies would like to congratulate the AA Minor Bantam Canadians as they were able to capture a bronze medal their tournament over the weekend. In net in the final game was GDI trained netminder Braden Howard. Congrats Howie! Great Work, keep it going into playoffs!