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!
The No. 3 ranked Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team clinched Canada West first place in conference regular season standings for the first time since the 1970-71 season and will host the Calgary Dinos in the 2012 Canada Semi-Final best-of-three series.
Goaltender Joe Caligiuri looks to lead the team to success in goal on March 2nd for the Bisons first game of the series at home at Max Bell Arena. Go Bisons Go!
In the MJHL:
On Saturday night the Winnipeg Saints netminder Teagan Sacher came into the net knowing he would have to stand on his head as several of the Saints key players were out with injuries.
After a first period that was locked at 1-1, the Winnipeg goal was peppered with a mass flurry of shots as 18 were fired Sacher’s way. In total for the game Portage went on the attack and threw 54 shots on net. By shutting down 52 of them, including all 4 power play chances, the Saints were able to come away with a victory at home against the Manitoba Junior top dog in points. This was the rookie netminders 5th win in a row as he has helped accumulate several points for his team since the end of January.
Moving to Sunday night there was another doozy of a game as the Saints took on the Flyers. Well one can say that this matchup was almost like watching a street hockey game as the puck bounced all over the ice and found it's way to the net 12 times! The Flyers out-shot the Saints 19-9 in the third and 49-25 through 60 minutes and were expecting to finish off the Saints in overtime for the third time this season. Herosian had a different result in mind as he didn't falter to the 5 shots he faced in overtime as the extra five minutes solved nothing. The Saints goaltender held the fort down in the proceeding shootout and got the job done to take the win for the Winnipeg boys.
In other news, Neepawa Natives goaltender Alex Henry was able to steal two wins for his team to end the season off on a good note as he took down the mighty Dauphin Kings and the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Henry faced a total of 81 shots against for the two games, and average well.... we can easily say 45 plus shots per game on the year.
In the MBAAA:
The second round of the playoffs are almost in the books as 3 of 4 series have come to a conclusion. Looking to the semi-final matchups the Winnipeg Thrashers and Southwest Cougars are set to go head-to-head and the Winnipeg Wild are awaiting to play either the Brandon Wheat Kings or the Interlake Lightning.
Brian Archibald ended the series against the Norman Northstars on a high note as he built a brick wall against all 26 shots he faced to get the 6-0 shutout and help his team advance. Looking to his new opposition defending the enemy net is Brenden Fiebelkorn and Shaun Gerbinski. In series one both netminders allowed a low 3 goals against in three games. In Game 3 Fiebelkorn closed the door on several opportune scoring chances for the Hawks, helping the Thrashers close out the series. Playing all five playoff games for the Pembina Valley Hawks was Zach Robidoux. The rookie netminder can be credited as the main reason for the scores against Dauphin and the Thrashers being so low. Robidoux faced a total of 113 shots in the three games against the Thrash, an average of 38 per game.
Over the weekend the Manitoba Midget AAA League also announced its award recipients. GDI Prairies trained Gage Murray of the Southwest Cougars was named goaltender of the year. Murray appeared in 20 games, winning 17 and tying one. In the process, he posted a leaguebest goals-against-average of 1.43 and a save percentage of .920, both very impressive numbers.
Looking at Minor Hockey:
Moving into the playoffs the Winnipeg Monarchs new they would have a battle at hand as they go up against the defending league champions the Winnipeg Hawks. Starting the Bantam 1 AAA series off for the first two games the Monarchs goaltenders Luke Ushakas and Adam Jones have found their way to two straight wins to lead the series at 2-0. Game one was taken by a tally of 7-2 and game two was tallied at 2-1. The third game was another close one with a score of 2-1 as the Monarchs were able to take another and go up 3-0.
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