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!___________________________________________________________________________
OBSERVE AND LEARN:Now with the NHL on past time outside of hockey can be spent watching hockey on TV. One thing that I suggest to every goaltender that comes through the centre is to watch hockey. Take up a love for the sport, follow the NHL and the Major Junior leagues. Enjoy watching the game. Now, when I say this I am looking at not being a fan or a spectator but more of a viewer. When an athlete or a coach watches hockey they can pick out details, they depict what is transpiring in the game. Compared to a fan who isn't in daily competition they are simply "waiting" for a result, a goal to be scored, something to create excitement. Meanwhile, through the whole 20 minutes you as a goaltender can be watching how the forwards are entering the zone... how the goaltender is preparing for the situation... how he places his hands when the puck is moved through certain areas of the ice. The best in the world watch video. The best in the world can pick out the details. What I suggest to you is that the next game you watch start picking out certain aspects of the position that you would like to work on. Watch Price, Hiller, Crawford, and notice what makes them the best in the world. Remind yourself each day: Be an observer and always be learning___________________________________________________________________________ 20-year old Eric Williams is leading the charge of WHL netminders with the lowest Goals Against Average at 1.24 and close behind are GDI trained goaltenders Ty Edmonds at 1.68 and Austin Lotz at 1.88 GAA. Ty Edmonds turned aside all 27 shots he faced to earn his second shutout victory of the week for the Prince George Cougars. Jansen Harkins, Jordan Tkatch and Zach Pochiro supplied the goals for the visitors en route to the 3-0 victory. The Cougars finished one-for-five on the power play and killed off all five of Kamloops power play attempts. The Cougars have now killed off 18 straight penalties. For Ty Edmonds, the dream start to his WHL career continues. His record improves to 4-1 and his goals against average for the season now sits at 1.68 with two shutouts. In his three starts this week, Edmonds only surrendered one goal against. With the win, the Cougars record now sits at 4-4 and they lead the season series with Kamloops 2-1. The Cougars will return to action on Friday, October 11th at home against the Everett Silvertips. For more on this Click Here.___________________________________________________________________________The MJHL Showcase took place over this past weekend. A couple games to note included the first win of the year for rookie Virden Oil Capitals goaltender Justin Holder. The following night Adam Iwan grabbed a 32 save shutout and was awarded the games 1st star.This keeps Virden still in the mix to start the year near the top of the Sher-Wood Division. Another league rookie Zac Robidoux had a great performance Sunday night vs the Winnipeg Blues. Robi stopped 25 of 27 on the night to help the Terriers take a 6-2 win. Saturday night Nick Deery showed no sign of complacency after being awarded the month of Septembers Goalie of the Month Award. Playing last years finalists the Dauphin Kings Deery played spectacular. Killing all 8 penalties the Pistons took he went to work in a competitive atmosphere. Earlier on the weekend on Friday night Brian Archibald helped the Dauphin Kings to a victory over the Addision Division Winnipeg Blues. This one went to a shootout where Archibald shut the door on Keane, Nault, and Brooks before Francis Alaire scored the game winner. Adam Vander Linden of the Winkler Flyers believes in making a difference in his community. And it’s that quality which earned the rookie goaltender the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month for September. Vander Linden, 18, has been honoured with this award for his unconditional commitment to his community and unselfish volunteerism. “He is contributing to the community by volunteering in the Canadian Tire ‘I Love to Skate’ program which provides skates and encouragement to new immigrant children who have never skated on ice before. This year in Winkler, 25 kids are learning to skate as a result of the efforts of Canadian Tire and people like Adam.” For more on this article Click Here.___________________________________________________________________________The game of the weekend came on Saturday night as the Eastman Selects faced the Interlake Lightning. 1997 born netminder Hayden Dola faced a total of 40 shots on the night. Peppered with rubber he allowed one goal against at 5:43 of the second period as his team was on the penalty kill. In the end Mario Petit and the Eastman Selects found a way to close the door on all three Interlake shooters in the shootout after 65 minutes of play to get the 2-1 victory. Both of these goaltenders must of gave each other a tap after this one. Dola and Petit trained together at GDI over the course of July and August with the Total GDI Academy. For a full article on this game Click Here.___________________________________________________________________________
From Portage Daily Kevin Kirschfield (@PDGhirsch): "The Blues cut the Terriers lead to 2-1 as Mitch Hansen puts one in. It's Zac Robidoux's first goal allowed in 4.5 periods as a Terrier."
From Goaltender Rylan Magnusson (@01_Ryan): "First GDI Session with Matts pretty sweet @GDIGoaltending"_________________________________________________________________________________________
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._________________________________________________________________________________________