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!___________________________________________________________________________
SELF REFLECT:Today is Thanksgiving throughout the nation of Canada. A day where we can all be thankful for the many things within the world of hockey. I would like every goaltender to take some time to reflect back on their past success along with who has helped them along the way. Even though it is just YOU standing between the pipes it is not a single position for many people are there to help along the way. Every goaltender wouldn't be where they are at today without help from family, friends, and coaches who were there alongside them. After all, within hockey this is where we meet the lasting relationships. The friends that can see after a five year break and still be close, the coaches that have their speechs echo throughout our mind at certain moments.... Remind yourself each day: Be Thankful; Remember Your Roots___________________________________________________________________________As far as the numbers go, there’s not much that separates Ty Edmonds and Austin Lotz. Both are posting stratospheric statistics tending goal for their respective Western Hockey League teams. Edmonds was spectacular in the Prince George Cougars nets last week as the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week. The 17-year-old native of Winnipeg posting two shutouts and a pair of wins while stopping 81 saves of 82 shots. Lotz hasn’t been too shabby either. The 18-year-old WHL veteran backstopped the Silvertips to a 2-1 win Tuesday in Red Deer and was the goalie of record in the Silvertips’ 4-2 win Wednesday in Edmonton. In two home games last weekend, Lotz allowed just one goal while losing 1-0 to Spokane in overtime, a night after he blanked Tri-City 2-0 for his first shutout of the season. “I’m pretty decent friends with him and him and I trained together back home this summer,”said Edmonds. “I’ve watched him a lot over the last couple years and he’s always been someone I look up to and he’s cool to train with. Seeing him excel is something I’m pretty happy for.” Both Edmonds and Lotz have trained with GDI since the training centre in Winnipeg opened up, and over the past three years both have been on the same ice surface together for the Total GDI Academy through July and August. The Silvertips have the league’s best defensive record, allowing just 14 goals in seven games. The Cougars have given up 25 goals in eight games, 23 of which came in their four losses. Edmonds has allowed just 10 of those goals. His 1.68 goals-against average and .939 save percentage rank him second in the league behind Eric Williams of Spokane and just ahead of Lotz, whose 1.74 GAA and .934 save percentage are third-best in the WHL. For more on thisClick Here. Last night the game between the two GDI Goaltenders went to a shootout. In this one Lotz took the crown as he stopped the 5th shooter Harkins and Edmonds allowed the winning tally in the shootout by Stadnyk. For a full article on the game Click Here. Lotz stopped 30 of 32 and Edmonds 28 of 30 on the night. For more on the game Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________
KASDORF ANCHORS ENGINEERS EXPECTATIONSGoaltender Jason Kasdorf carries a lot of weight on his shoulders. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a chance to finish first in ECAC Hockey for the first time since 1984-85, when the Engineers won a second straight title (they were a combined 37-4-0 in league play those two seasons) en route to the 1985 NCAA championship. Rensselaer’s outstanding depth at forward and veteran corps of defensemen are big assets to be sure, but another strong season from Kasdorf seems essential in the ECAC, with its four or five other strong contenders. Kasdorf doesn’t mind the pressure; he barely feels it. “It’s a bit of pressure,” he said, “but I try not to think about it. A lot of the stuff (Kasdorf’s ECACH Rookie of the Year Award and other honors, the acclaim the team has garnered) was from last year. “That’s last year. This is a new year,” he said. “Our team’s going in with the some mentality as we always do — working every day to get better and we know that the results will take care of themselves.” Kasdorf took over as the team’s No. 1 goaltender just before midseason last year. He posted a 14-5-2 record, 1.62 goals against average and 93.5 percent saves percentage. In ECAC play he was even better; 12-2-2, 1.39, 94.5 percent. He said that coming into preseason camp as the No. 1 didn’t change his preparation. “Nothing’s changed from last year, going into this year,” the Winnipeg, Man. native said. “I go in with the same mentality of working every day trying to get better. That’s were the (good) results come from, working every day with a purpose and trying to get better, so when game time comes, you’re fully prepared.” ___________________________________________________________________________
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._________________________________________________________________________________________