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!___________________________________________________________________________
STAYING AT LEVEL ZERO:Last night the majority of Canada was watching the CFL Grey Cup. Like football or not, these sporting events seem to bring everyone together and glued to the TV. Watching a player such as MVP Korey Sheets drive into the end zone for a touchdown one cant help but notice the celebration and energy that he brings after scoring 6 points. What comes to mind for me is how an athlete recovers from that excitement and adrenaline rush. Keeping the mindset of being at a level zero is key to achieving continued success within a game. This view will be looked at more tomorrow in the Tuesday Mental Training Tip... Remind yourself each day: Stay At Level Zero... No Matter What You Have Already Accomplished__________________________________________________________________________
This past year Canada arrived home from the World Juniors in Sochi, Russia empty-handed, failing to win a medal for the first time since 1998. Beyond this, the only goal is to win the gold. With a drought on the nations hands as the World Junior squad has not brought home the ultimate prize since 2009 this year they will be looking to create a well oiled machine that is prepared to win in Russia.The single most important position relating to success is in goal. Lets take an early look at who can bring success to the team between the pipes... 1. Jake Paterson As the third goaltender rostered for Team Canada last year Paterson may be the favorite. In the 2012 NHL Draft he was the Detroit Red Wings third round pick. His play for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL has helped the team stay in the mix for the Western Conference holding a spot in 5th. Statistically he holds a 3.38 GAA and a .907 Save Percentage. 2. Zach Fucale So far this year Fucale has started off with a 17-5 record in the QMJHL. His GAA is at 2.62 and Save Percentage sits at .897. With a promising future he was the first goaltender selected in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He has risen to the task for some of the biggest key moments that a goalie his age could face such as the Hlinka, the QMJHL Playoffs, and the Memorial Cup. Fucale presents an overall strong technical game within the position as a Canadian goaltender. 3. Eric Comerie From the WHL, Comerie may be present in the mix as he has evidently been an ironman for the Tri-City Americans to start this year as he 8th in the league in Goals Against and second in the league for a total number of saves as he has pushed aside 702 shots against to hold a .925 Save Percentage. Comerie was drafted to the Winnipeg Jets in the 2nd round of 2013. Honorable Mentions WHL Goaltenders: Austin Lotz, Chris Driedger, Tristan Jarry OHL Goaltenders: Matt Murray, Spencer Martin QMJHL Goaltenders: Phillippe Desrosiers, Antoine Bibeau ___________________________________________________________________________One of the games of the weekend for GDI Goaltenders was the Saskatoon Blades going against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Moodie stopped 39 of 41 to grab the win and in the opposing side Corbin Boes made 37 of 41 saves in the loosing cause. The victor Moodie was awarded the games 2nd Star Award for his success. The Blades search to climb up the standings as they are in 10th right now with 23 points. Moodie hold a .908 Save Percentage so far this year. Saturday night Austin Lotz picked up his 3rd shutout of the year with a 1-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen. The Silvertips kept things light facing off against the Hitmen as both Lotz and Driedger saw just under 30 shots against. Lotz was awarded the games 1st Star with Driedger taking the games 2nd Star. Both Manitoban goaltenders I'm sure had a laugh after this one in their tight goaltender duo against each other. Both met and got to know each other at this years World Junior Goaltender Evaluation Camp. Also on Saturday was the Spokane Chiefs taking a W over rival the Tri-City Americans. Spokane peppered Comerie with 44 shots and Williams saw 27 against as this one went to Overtime with Spokane coming out on top by a score of 4-3. ___________________________________________________________________________The Winkler Flyers were led to a big victory on Saturday night as they took down Divisional opponent the Selkirk Steelers. With the help from rookie goaltender Adam Vanderlinden the team went on to a 5-3 win. Vandy stopped 35 of 38 in this one to pick up his 5th win of the year. The 18 year old has had some strong starts so far for his first year in the league. Winkler currently sits 9 points back from the Winnipeg Blues to surpass them and move up in the Addison Division. Steinbach Piston goaltenders Zach Rakochy and Nick Deery both picked up wins. 20-Year Old Rakochy held the boys in blue in there against the Terriers as the Pistons completed an outstanding comeback in the 3rd period to score 3 unanswered goals to lock the game at 3 and then bring the dogs down in a shootout to pick up the 2 points. Rakochy made 32 of 35 saves on the night and in the opposing end Zach Robidoux pushed out 31 of 34. Rakochy has held a Save Percentage of .920 or better in 6 of his 10 games this year. The new Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender Spencer Tremblay has seen a thunderous 101 shots in the teams weekend split. Against the West Kelowna Warriors and the Langley Rivermen Tremblay stopped a total of 94 shots. As Paul J Henderson of the Chilliwack Times describes it, "If it wasn't already obvious, when the other team's play-by-play man calls your performance "simply outstanding," you know you had a great game." Right now the team leads the leg in shots allowed. After the weekend the Chiefs sit at 7-15-1-2 and look to play the Langley Rivermen on the weekend coming up. __________________________________________________________________________Troy Martyniuk grabbed his first shutout of the season Saturday against the Yellowhead Chiefs. Marty stopped all 22 shots he saw, with a large percentage of them being strong scoring chances as odd-man rush situations. To note in this one future Brandon Wheat Kings Prospect Nolan Patrick had 2 Goals and 2 Assists on the night for the Thrashers. Previous to this game Kyle McHolm had a heck of a game on Friday night as he faced a staggering 53 shots from Kenora. McHolm helped the Caps pick up a point as they suffered the loss in Overtime vs the Thistles. Hunter Plozay grabbed his 4th win of the year with the Interlake Lightning as he stopped 36 of 37 on the night against the Parkland Rangers. The Dauphin boys grabbed their lone goal on the Powerplay at 5:05 of the first period. ___________________________________________________________________________
From Paul J Henderson - Reporter for Chilliwack Times (@PeeJayAitch): "#Chilliwack Chiefs get a stellar performance from new goalie Spencer Tremblay, beat the Warriors 6-3 Friday night in West Kelowna"
From WHL Facts (@WHLFacts: "11 - Saving 23 in the victory last night, @WHLsilvertips Austin Lotz (@lotzy30) has now won 11 of his last 13 starts"_________________________________________________________________________________________
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._________________________________________________________________________________________