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!
Cory Schneider continues to provide that steady prescence in net behind Luongo as he now moves to 13-5-0 on the year with his most recent win being against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. Schneider stopped 26 of 28 for the 5-2 win to help the Canucks build
on their recent streak of stringing together four straight wins.
“For me, it’s all about wins,” said Schneider
, who is 11-1 dating back to Nov. 20, with a .928 save percentage through his first 21 games.
“The other numbers are nice but it’s not what I’m too worried about,” he continued. “As a guy who doesn’t play too often, I want to win. I want to come in there and help my team out. I don’t want to be the guy who throws us off the track.
“It would be tough not to be playing much if I was losing all the time.”
Schneider, 25, is on the final year of a $900,000 contract. As a restricted free agent entitled to a salary increase, it will lead to some interesting off-season decisions, given that Luongo’s 12-year, $64-million, no-trade deal doesn’t expire until 2021-22.
“My role on this team this year is what it is. All I can do is control the opportunities I do get. I can’t worry about the ones I’m not getting. If we were losing a lot or it seemed a lot more unfair than it is, then maybe it would be a little frustrating, but Roberto has been one of the best goalies in hockey over the last three months so, for me, it’s fun to watch him and watch the team win." For more on this article Click Here
The previous night the Canucks went up against the 8th place Toronto Maple Leafs with Luongo in between the pipes. The Canucks starting netminder stopped 24 of 26 to help the team to another 6-2 blowout win.
The No. 4 ranked Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team clinches Canada West first place in conference regular season standings for the first time since the 1970-71 season. The Bisons won 5-4 (OT) over the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, February 18 at the Max Bell Arena to secure the first spot in the conference in over 40 years.
Manitoba finishes 2011-12 conference regular season with a 20-5-3 record for 43 points. The Herd stayed ahead of Alberta and Saskatchewan in a tight battle for first place that went down to the last game of the regular season.
With clinching first place, the Bisons now earn a playoff bye as they will await the winners of the two 2012 Canada West Quarter Final series on Feb. 24-26 weekend. In addition, Manitoba will have home ice advantage for the remainder of the 2012 playoffs as the best-of-three series are all played at the home of the highest seed.
Bison netminder Joe Caligiuri was in net for the two victories over the weekend as he stopped 26 of 27 on Friday and 15 of 19 on Saturday night in a close overtime battle.
In the WHL:
Friday Luke Siemens shutdown the Medicine Hat Tigers as he closed the door on all 22 shots he faced. This was Siemens' 29th win of the season and 4th shutout of the year.
Damien Ketlo came up with another victory over his old team as he helped the Hurricanes grab a 6-4 win
. Rather than seeing his 40 plus shots per game, this time Ketlo only had to move aside 24 of 28 to get the W for his team. After a tough loss to Lethbridge on Friday night, Matt Hewitt rebounded with a big 4-2 win over the Kootney Ice.
Mac Engel grabbed a 3-0 shutout over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Sunday night as he stopped all 18 shots he faced. This adds to his 24 wins.
In the MJHL:
The GDI Prairies Goalie of the Month has done it again. On Saturday he grabbed another victory for Dauphin as he pushed aside 27 of 28 shots for a 6-1 win against OCN
. Dawson Guhle has settled his way into the league with an outstanding record of 22-6-0. No wonder Dauphin has found their way to holding first place in the league. The Kings picked up back-to-back wins against OCN as they grabbed a 6-4 win also on Friday night.
In the SJHL:
Estevan Bruins goaltender Tyler Ross found his way to a 6-3 win over the Weyburn Red Wings as he stopped 29 of 32 shots on the night. The rookie goaltender grabbed his 6th win under his play in the SJHL. As a right handed catcher, Ross has been provided the tools to be a great goaltender from the tutelage of goaltending coach Ted Ryplanski.
In the MBAAA:
Kicking off the start of the second round
is 3 of 4 series being played on Wednesday night. The Winnipeg Thrashers go head-to-head against the Pembina Valley Hawks, Central Plains Capitals meet the Winnipeg Wild, and the Brandon Wheat Kings faceoff against the Interlake Lightning. The Norman Northstars and Southwest Cougars hit the ice on Friday night for their first game.
This past Saturday goaltender Zac Robidoux was able to capture the series against the Parkland Rangers as he picked up his second win of the playoffs with a 5-1 tally. Over the first round Robidoux accumulated a total of 35 stops and allowed only two goals against.
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Looking at Minor Hockey:
Leading into the playoffs, Bantam AAA goaltender Hayden Dola grabbed some momentum for his team with a big victory. Playing against last years Bantam 2 AAA Champions that Winnipeg Hawks Dola came into their barn and pushed aside 36 of 37 shots to help the Interlake Lightning take the 2-1 win. In the teams first round matchup of the playoffs Interlake may be predicted to play the Brandon Wheat Kings.