Edmonds and Lotz Cross Paths; GDI Battle Goes To A Shootout
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 this Click 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.