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 Month of Decembers 1st Star Awarded to:
Holding the month of Decembers 1st Star is the Regina Pats starting netminder Matt Hewitt
Hewitt currently sits in the Top 10 within the WHL goaltender statistical categories, and has helped Regina sit high in the Eastern Conference standings. Moving through the month of December he accumulated a record of 6-4-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .910 Save Percentage.
One of Hewy’s best performances of the month came early on December 4th. Starting against the Brandon Wheat Kings he turned away all 33 shots he faced throughout the game for a 2-0 shutout
, and was awarded the games 1st Star.
Matt started training with GDI Prairies a year ago as he received personal consulting from the Pats previous goaltending coach, Ryan Cyr. Heading into the summer months Matt trained out of the GDI training centre through 1v1 pro consulting and also participated in the Off-Season Total GDI Academy
In the WHL:Closing out the weekend the Spokane Chiefs captured 3 straight wins. The Chiefs took down the Moose Jaw Warriors at home on Friday with a commanding 5-2 winas the Warriors' Spencer Tremblay was peppered and forced to make 35 of 39 stops on the night to hold his team in it and Mac Engel 24 of 26 as he picked up the games 3rd star for the win. In no different manner, Saturday they brought the same aggressive pursuit against Seattle as they got 4 by Pickard with their40 shots for a 4-2 victory. Sunday in a closer matchup, Spokane brought in newcomer Eric Williams. Williams was able to turn aside 27 of of 30 top help his new team get their 3rd straight on the weekend for a5-3 win over the Everett Silvertips. Well we didn't pick Matt Hewitt for the 1st Star of the Month for no reason... and as he strives on his own self motivation, he may be looked to be praised for his strong performance over the weekend. The Pats split their games on the weekend as they came out with 2 points. Hewy started the weekend off with a bang as he had a perfect game on Friday with a 3-0 shutout over the Saskatoon Bladesand was awarded the games 1st star award. In their back-to-back matchup against the Blades the Regina Pats suffered a 4-3 loss. Switching to the other end of the ice, playing in net for the Saskatoon Blades was rookie netminder Alex Moodie. Starting in both games over the weekend, Moodie was able to build his WHL experience as Andrey Makarov was away in the World Junior Tournament with Team Russia. In the final game with Makarov back in the line-up Moodie was able to get in again and improve his record to 3-2-0. Returning home to play with the Winnipeg Wild of the MBAAA Provincial League Moodie look to help his team stay in 1st place within the leagues Eastern Conference.Looking towards 1st place within the WHL East, both the Kootney Ice and the Moose Jaw Warriors looked to inch their way up. As both teams faced off Saturday night the Ice looked to battle for the win as they threw 37 shots up against Luke Siemens. In return the Warrior netminder was "The Warriors" of the game as heonly surrendered two, which allowed his team to put three past Kootney's Nathan Lieuwen for the victory. Looking to recoup the next night, Lieuwen was on a mission as he went up against the Medicine Hat Tigers who continued to be neck and neck with the Ice. Large and in charge, he shutdown Med. Hat as he killed 6 of 7 penalty kills and only allowed one on 32 shots that were thrown his way.Lieuwen picked up a 3-1 victoryand the games 1st star award. The Ice continue to hold thelowest Goals Against within the Eastern Conference, and the 2nd lowest within the league.
In the MJHL:
As the awards came out for December, MJHL veteran Addison Herosian
was placed as the 2nd Star of the month for GDI Prairies.
The 6’2? Manitoba born goaltender has had an outstanding month as he continues to find a way each game to help give his team a chance to win. Ending off the month of November Addi took down their division rival the Winkler Flyers with a 3-2 win, where he made 38 of 40 stops on the night. Leading the march he proceeded to go on a 5 game winning streak, holding a save percentage above .900 for 4 of the games.
Ending the month, Herosian went head-to-head against the Selkirk Steelers on New Years Eve. Peppered throughout the game Addi saw 15 shots in the 3rd period and 5 in overtime. As he suffered a tough 2-1 OT loss
, he recieved the games 3rd star as he turned aside 41 shots and shut down all 5 Steeler Powerplays. Both Winnipeg Saints netminders, Herosian and Teagan Sacher, look to take the second half by storm as they look to start the march to the playoffs.
Continuing his ways, Herosian helped the Winnipeg Saints take down the OCN Blizzard with a 3-1 win as he stopped 22 of 23 on the night
. In the opposite end Matt Krahn stopped 34 of 36 as he suffered the loss.
In the MBAAA:
First year Provincial Midget goaltender Bronson Ammeter stepped into Beausejour entering his first game of the second half with a drive to jump start his team. As the Central Plains Capitals took an early lead in the first period with a powerplay and shorthanded goal, Ammeter went to work in the second as he faced a thunder of shots from the Selects with 13 and then 12 in the 3rd. Stopping 32 for 32 on the night, the Capitals shutout the Eastman Selects 4-0
Another first year netminder within the league, Tyler Gutenberg, also helped his team open up the second half with a victory. Gutsy stood tall at home as he had a 22 save performance against one of the leagues most suprising teams, the Kenora Thistles. Brandon picked up a 5-1 victory and their 18th of the season.
The Interlake Lightning crossed divisions as they played the Regional West Host - the Southwest Cougars. The Cougars looked to create a bigger storm than the Lightning as they threw a thundering 42 shots against Derek Davies. Taming the Cougars, Davies stopped 40 on the night as he picked up the 3-2 Overtime win
. Brian Archibald of Southwest suffered the loss.
In another GDI goaltender matchup, Saturday night had the Winnipeg Thrashers Brenden Fiebelkorn up against the Brandon Wheat Kings Justin Holder. This game had both goaltenders keeping in close up until the middle of the third period. Fieb's held the game at 1-0 score for the Thrashers as he made several spectacular stops in tight for his team. Wheat Kings Holder also was up to the task of looking to get the Wheaties a win as he played a fairly simple game as he held onto all the simple saves thrown his way and didn't allow much panic. In the last 10 minutes the Thrashers got creative offensively and were able to put in two backdoor goals to clinch the game and capture a 6-3 win
. The Winnipeg Thrashers currently hold a 12 game winning streak.
Closing out the week, Pembina Valley Hawks netminder Zach Robidoux shut down Kenora with a 3-1 win. Zach's picks up his 11th win of the season and holds a G.A.A of 2.80 and a Save Percentage at .911.
With Winnipeg Minor Hockey:
Holding the month of Decembers 3rd Star is Dave Wilson.
Entering only his 3rd year as a goaltender, Dave has started the year of with a bang! In his 2nd year of Bantam playing A1 out of River East
Dave has helped his team hold 1st spot within their league. The teams Goals Against sits at a league low 14 as the team moves into the second half of the season at a 11-1-0 record.
Dave started out beginning his journey as a goaltender close to three years ago. Needing to find out how to play and understand the position Dave came to GDI. Starting out learning the fundamentals, and the basic technical aspects Dave struggled and emerged into the goaltender that he is today. After completing two GDI High Performance Summer Camps this past year Dave came inches away from achieving his dream of making the AA Marauders as he was one of the last goaltenders released from the team.
In other news, AAA Bantam 1 Warriors goaltender Tyler Brown helped his team get a point in a lopsided game as the Warriors were peppered with 50 plus shots. Brown held his own as he shutout the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 1st and 2nd period up.
Brandon surged the Warriors net with several powerplay chances that included numerous scoring chances that looked like sure goals. Brown displayed strong backdoor awareness and kept out the Wheaties on several opportunities where it was just him and the shooter.
In the 3rd period the Wheaties were able to put in a point shot tip in that helped them lock the game at 1-1. From here the game stood deadlocked until the shootout where the Wheat Kings came out on top with a 2-1 win.