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!
Mid-Season Tuneup Camps:
As the hockey season wears on, a goaltender’s focus naturally drifts as the intense training of the summer time gets farther in the rear view mirror. This is the perfect time for a GDI Midseason Tune-up. This camp refreshes the goaltenders mind and muscle memory. Timed with the Christmas layoff, this provides goalies with an outstanding refresher course just before the stretch run to the playoffs.
GDI will be offering 3 separate locations over the Christmas break for these camps.
Dec. 27: Brandon, MB - Brandon Sportsplex
Dec. 27: Russell, MB - Russell Multiplex
Dec. 28,29,30: Winnipeg, MB - The Rink Training Centre
Book your spots as soon as possible as the camps will fill up quickly.
BOOK YOUR 1v1 SPOTS FOR GDI DECEMBER 1v1's
Make sure you stay sharp this season by attending 1v1 lessons. The month of December is starting to fill up for 1v1 sessions at the centre.
We are now open from 3:30PM-9:30PM
during the week, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Saturday and Sunday
To make sure you secure your spots throughout December we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance!
GDI will also be open for special holiday hours over the break:
Dec. 22,23 - 3:30-9:30 pm
Dec. 27,28,31, Jan. 3,4 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Dec. 29,30, Jan. 2 - 10:30 am-3:30 pm / 4:30 pm-9:30 pm
James Reimer Steals Two Points For Leafs In Detroit
James Reimer was up to the task in his first appearance since November 18th.
“But Reimer’s 41-save performance Wednesday night was the reason the Leafs were able to win their seventh game in the team’s last nine contests. Actually he didn’t just win the game for Toronto — a 2-1 shootout victory — he stole it.”
“In the second period alone, Reimer made 12 saves, including one on this breakaway chance by Wings centre Riley Sheahan (Seriously, what are you doing here, Jake Gardiner?).”
“He was even better in the third period, stopping all 18 shots.
With less than 10 minutes remaining Wings forward Johan Franzen thought he had the go-ahead goal when he spun around with a backhand, but Reimer was there to stick out the left pad.”
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Reimer has trained with GDI the last couple years, visiting The Rink to improve his skills through 1v1 lessons.
Silvertips' Lotz Has Been Shootout Stopper
It wasn't so long ago that when the Everett Silvertips went to a shootout, the only question was whether the Tips would lose in three rounds, or whether the opponent would need just two to finish Everett off.
Austin Lotz is almost single-handedly flipping that equation around.
The Tips' goaltender turned in yet another difference-making performance in Tuesday's shootout victory against Tri-City in Kennewick, and Lotz's dominating efforts in shootouts are earning Everett points that could prove vital in the big picture.
“He's been fantastic, he can't be much better,” Everett coach Kevin Constantine said about Lotz's recent shootout performances. “If you add up the stats from the last three he's been remarkably good.”
Lotz turned aside all six attempts he faced in Tuesday's game, setting up Carson Stadnyk to win the shootout and give Everett a 4-3 victory.
That kind of shootout performance is becoming routine for Lotz. In his past three shootouts, Lotz denied 25 of the 26 attempts he's faced. That includes his 14-for-15 performance on Nov. 15 against Kamloops in the longest shootout in Western Hockey League history. Lotz's save percentage in his past three shootouts is 96.1, an astounding number when one considers that every one of those shots was a breakaway. That percentage is 5.5 percent better than his season save percentage during open play (90.6).
It's gotten to the point that when Everett wins a shootout, the players file off the bench and head straight to Lotz for the postgame celebrations, rather than flocking around the scorer of the clinching goal.
“I don't know,” Lotz responded when asked how he's been so successful in shootouts this season. “Some people have asked me that.
It's a little bit of luck. I'd like to think it's from lots of practice, but at the same time it's a little bit of luck.”
So what's been the reason for the dramatic turnaround in results?
An examination of the numbers reveals that Lotz deserves almost all the credit. Everett has converted seven of its 32 shootout attempts this season for a success rate of 21.9 percent. That's right in line with the down years
“I think your timing gets a little better (over the years),” Lotz added. “When you're a young guy you might be a little too aggressive or bit too early. As you get older you realize, especially in a shootout, you have to stay calm and get your timing right with the skater coming down. If there's one thing I've been working on, it's the timing when they're coming down and shooting.”
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Austin Lotz has trained with GDI for over 5 years participating in GDI Summer Camps, 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI academy.
Sacher Stumps The Kings
Teagan Sacher was perfect Sunday afternoon as the Selkirk Steelers blanked the Dauphin Kings by a score of 3-0.
Sacher made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season. Sacher was also named the game's second star.
Troy Martyniuk put in a solid effort but took the loss for the Kings. Martyniuk made 37 saves on the afternoon.
Both Sacher and Martyniuk train regularly with GDI attending 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and participate in the Total GDI Academy.
Two Winnipeg Goalies Post Shutouts
Two Winnipeg goalies posted shutouts over the weekend in Manitoba Midget AAA action.
Adam Jones made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season for the Winnipeg Wild. The Wild beat the Southwest Cougars 7-0.
Jeremy Link of the Winnipeg Thrashers had to really work for his shutout.
Link turned aside 40 shots in a 6-0 win over the Central Plains Capitals. The shutout was also Link's second of the year.
Both Jones and Link have been working with GDI for years attending 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and the Total GDI Academy.
Springfield Minor Hockey
GDI was in Hazelridge Sunday morning to run a clinic for Springfield Minor Hockey.
All the goalies that attended were pushed through a PSM circuit and multiple tactical drills.
GDI looks forward to working with all the local goalies again in the near future.
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VAUGHN EQUIPMENT DEMOS
Are you looking at getting new equipment? Ask us about our Vaughn demo equipment. We have 3 different sets of Vaughn equipment that are available for you to demo during your 1v1 lesson at GDI Goaltending.
From left to right:
Vaughn Velocity 4 7250 (28"+1)
Vaughn Velocity 5 7800 (35"+1)
Vaughn Ventus LT90 (34"+2)
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Make sure to check back at gdigoaltending.com on Tuesdays to read the Tuesday Mental Training tip.
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.
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