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!
In the MJHL:
On Saturday night the Winnipeg Saints grabbed their second win in two nights over the Dauphin Kings, taking them to a strong 2-0 first round series lead. Between the pipes for the Saints was league vet Addison Herosian. Not skipping the chance of taking full control of the series "Hero" shut the door in Game 2 and pushed out 29 of 30 shots! After allowing one power play goal get past him in the opening frame he proceeded to build a brick wall as the Dauphin Kings couldn't muster any type of scoring chance that would provide a goal. With the big 'W' the Saints now look to play game 3 in Dauphin on Tuesday night.
In the MBAAA:
The Final Four Game 1's came and went quickly on Sunday, and had the spectators gripping their seats as both duo's had very unexpected results! Typically coming in running Wild over the Wheat Kings, the Southern Winnipeg team had difficulty putting a scare on their Semi-Final foe this time around as nothing could get by goaltender Tyler Gutenberg!
The Brandon AAA Midget Wheatkings surprised alot of people Sunday afternoon as they came oh so close to defeating a team that owned them all season long. Tyler Coulter got the games first goal to put Brandon up 1-0 but the Wild would reply shortly after and we were all tied up at 1-1 going into the second. Still tied in the third period the Wild were awarded a penalty shot but Gutenberg turned him away. This stop added to his total of 46 stops during regulation.
The first overtime wouldn't solve anything so it was off to the second overtime. With less then a minute into the second extra period, the Wild would score.
This was the second time in as many games that the Wheatkings have played into double OT.
Not seeing much action up to this point in the Wheat Kings playoff run Gutenberg can definitely be credited for holding his team in it! Goaltending is a position of leadership, and no matter who you are up against a passionate and hard working athlete can help carry his team into battle.
Winnipeg Wild netminder Ty Edmonds stopped 20 of 21 on the night. This was Ty's 3rd win for the Wild this playoffs and a big one to add as the Wild now grab some momentum heading into game 2. Next game between the Wheaties and the Wild goes on Tuesday at 7:15pm.
Switching to the series of the Winnipeg Thrashers and Southwest Cougars one can easily say that this game was surprising to say the least! In their four games that they played against each other during the season three were won by a one goal score. Doing a big 360, Game 1 of this Semi-Final had the Southwest Cougars running away with a 7-1 victory. The cats were able to put five goals into the bird cage in the second period which seemed to dismantle any Thrashers attack. Southwest goaltender Brian Archibald closed the door on 32 of 33 shots he faced through the game to grab his second consecutive playoff victory. Next game between the Thrashers and Cougars goes on Wednesday night at Gateway Arena, 7:00pm.
Looking at Minor Hockey:
Announced recently for week 21 of the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League was that GDI Prairies trained goaltender Samantha Goodbrandson
is the Selkirk Source for Sports-Reebok Player of the Week.
Goodbrandson was outstanding between the pipes for the Ice stopping 56 of 57 shots during 4-1 and 1-0 victories vs. the Eastman Selects. The 2 wins were the first of the season for the Ice vs. the Selects, and gives them a 2 game to 0 lead in their Best of 5 MFMHL Playoff series. To date this season Goodbrandson has posted a record of 10-6-3-1 with a save % of over .914 and GAA of under 2.50. For more on the MFMAAAHL Playoffs Click Here
After Sam Goodbrandson took down the Selects in the first two games, Brenna McNulty came in and grabbed the 3rd win for the Ice with a 4-2 score. The Winnipeg Polar Ice now move on to play the Pembina Valley Hawks.
Turning to the City AAA Bantam 1 League, over the last six days the Winnipeg Warriors have simply found a way to take down the Winnipeg Sharks. The Bantam 1 AAA Semi-Final had the Sharks leading the round two games to none. Changing the tides, the Warriors went on to tie the series and then come up with two big back-to-back wins as on March 29th they grabbed a big 3-2 overtime win and then the next night shutdown the Sharks at 2-0 to advance to the Bantam 1 City Finals.
The Warriors 1997 born netminder Tyler Brown came up with several big performances to get the team on to the next round. The common notion of “goaltending wins championships” can definitely be noted!
The Winnipeg Warriors now move on to face the Winnipeg Monarchs. The two team make up the South sector of the AAA League and have players that will look to play on the Winnipeg Wild next season.
The Monarchs are led by goaltenders Luke Ushakas and Adam Jones. Both goalies go up against the Warriors Tyler Brown and Tyler Gagliardi in this final series.