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!

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GDI Train Like A ProBOOK YOUR SPOTS FOR 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 open from 3:30pm-9:30pm during the week and 10:00am-2:00pm / 3:00pm-7:00pm Saturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm Sundays. To make sure you secure your spots throughout December, we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance! Sign-Up-Button-GDI-Website-grey-background

Mid-Season Tuneup Camps

The perfect refresher course to fine tune mechanics and focus on the details that sometimes slip as the season wears on the summer training gets further in the rear-view mirror. These 1 to 3 day camps are timed perfectly with the Christmas Break.

Winnipeg - December 28th, 29th & 30th

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Brandon - December 28th

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Steinbach - December 29th & 30th

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Driedger Stops The Bleeding Against The Habs

Chris Driedger made his season debut Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators visited the Montreal Canadiens. Driedger came into the game during the second period and didn't allow a single shot past him in 31.49 minutes of work. The game finished with the Canadiens defeating the Senators 3-1. Driedger finished the night with 11 saves. To read more CLICK HERE Driedger has been training with GDI for many years through GDI Summer Camps and 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre. ______________________________________________________________________________________    

crop_27590259_27_1449039118Edmonds Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender Of The Week

The Western Hockey League announced earlier this morning that Prince George Cougars goaltender Ty Edmonds (1996 – Winnipeg, MB) has been nominated for the Vaughan CHL Goaltender of the Week Award for the week ending December 6th. crop_27504779_27_1449308822In three appearances last week, Edmonds posted a 3-0 record with a 0.77 goals-against-average and a .973 save percentage and one shutout. His week started with a 31 save victory Tuesday at home against the Portland Winterhawks. The next night against Portland,Edmonds came into the game in relief and turned aside all 15 shots he faced as the Cougars managed to comeback and earn a 5-3 victory. But Edmonds’ best performance was yet to come. Friday night in Everett Edmonds stopped all 27 shots he faced to record his fourth career shutout (and second of the season) in a 3-0 Cougars victory over the Silvertips. Twice last week he was named second star (on December 1st and December 4th). This is the second time during his three year career that Edmonds has been nominated for this award. He was also nominated in October, 2013 when he won the honor beating out Philippe Cadorette of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds netminder Brandon Halverson. So far this season, Edmonds has posted a 9-4-1-0 record with a league high .938 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against-average which puts him second behind only Everett’s Carter Hart (1.72). For his career, Edmonds has compiled a record of 57-47-5-7. His 57 victories place him third all-time in victories for a Cougars goaltender. Ahead of him now are Billy Thompson (64) and Scott Myers (95). “Ty Edmonds has played a huge part in our team’s success to start this season,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach, Mark Holick. “Since day one of Training Camp, he’s come in and he’s done all of the right things, and most importantly he’s given our team a chance to win every time he’s taken the ice. We’re proud of him for receiving this nomination.”  To read more CLICK HERE Edmonds has been training with GDI for over 6 years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.

VerhelstChiefs And Thunderbirds Trade Blows

GDI Goalies went head to head in a pair of WHL games this past week with the Spokane Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds playing each other twice in a row. Tyson Verhelst and the Chiefs took the first game Wednesday night by a score of 4-2. Verhelst was the key factor for the Chiefs turning aside 37 shots for the win. Verhelst was named the game's first star. CQ0CDhFUcAAf99mOn Friday it was Logan Flodell's turn to shine as the Seattle Thunderbirds had a little payback for the Chiefs. Flodell turned aside 25 shots in the 5-1 win over the Chiefs. Flodell was also named the game's third star. Verhelst has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy. GDI President Ryan Cyr is also the goaltending coach of the Spokane Chiefs. Flodell has been training with GDI through GDI Summer Camps and by travelling from Regina, SK to Winnipeg for 1v1 lessons. ______________________________________________________________________________________    

Friesen Earns MJHL Player Of The Week Honours

GDI Goalie Brett Friesen was named the MJHL's Recycle Everywhere Player of the Week. By virtue of posting back-to-back shutout wins, Selkirk Steelers Brett Friesen has won the MJHL Recycle EverywherePlayer of the Week honour. Friesen, 18, was recently acquired by the Steelers and in his first two starts has been flawless: 56 shots, zero goals; save percentage of 1.000 and GAA of 0.00. The native of Carberry is hoping his hot streak continues as the Steelers look to move up the MJHL standings. To read more CLICK HERE Friesen has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 Lessons, GDI Prospect Clinics and the Total GDI Academy.

1-DSC_0612_largeBengert Shuts Out Wolverines

Roman Bengert picked up his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Bengert turned aside 27 shots for his 16th win of the season and improving his Gaa to 1.98 and Sv% to .934. In the other end was GDI Goalie Troy Martyniuk making his second start with his new team. Martyniuk turned aside 48 of the 51 shots sent his way in the loss. To read more CLICK HERE Bengert has been training with GDI during this season with GDI Director Dan Ferguson through team consulting with the Steinbach Pistons. Martyniuk has been training with GDI for over 7 years through 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and the Total GDI Academy. ______________________________________________________________________________________    

Brittni MowatMowat A Big Component To BSU Women's Hockey's Success

GDI Goalie Brittni Mowat has been enjoying a record setting junior season with the Bemidji State University Beavers.

Ask Brittni Mowat about her importance to the Bemidji State women’s hockey team’s recent success and she’ll likely do what any good goaltender does with a puck: Deflect, then be sure to let her teammates get credit for the save too.

“Our defense is great in front of me,” she said. “They block a lot of shots and keep most of the pucks to the other side. I think our team is finally starting to get recognized on a national level. It’s nice that our team is finally getting recognized for what we do.”

It’s almost impossible for Bemidji State’s junior goaltender to talk about herself -- at least, not without first bringing up the accomplishments of the rest of her team.

And for head coach Jim Scanlan, that’s just about the best quality he could want in his star goaltender -- one who is now BSU’s all-time wins leader.

16WIH_UND1_0120_Mowat“She’ll be the first one to credit her team,” Scanlan said. “When someone brought it up to her (setting BSU’s wins record), when she tied it, she didn’t even realize she was that close. That’s just her. She’s not going to worry about anything herself. It’s incredible to think she’s done it and she has a whole year left. That’s pretty special.”

Mowat officially became BSU’s all-time wins leader on Sunday night in Grand Forks, when she helped backstop the Beavers to a 1-0 win over North Dakota. She passed former record-holder Zuzana Tomcikova to earn win No. 42 -- and did so in even less time.

But when asked about the accomplishment this week, Mowat was unfazed. That is to say, for the Glenboro, Manitoba, native that number is just that -- a number. She’d rather see the Beavers do well. And if she has any part in that, then so be it.

“It was a pretty good feeling finally getting that win out of the way,” Mowat said. “I didn’t even know it was a thing until (BSU women’s hockey broadcaster Kelly Schultz) told me after I tied the record. … I don’t pay attention much to those kind of things but it means a lot.”

She wasn’t asked this specifically, but it’s safe to assume that the main numbers Mowat pays attention to are these ones: 13-5-2.

The Beavers enter the semester break off to the best start in program history through 20 games. Mowat, not coincidentally, has been the goaltender of record in 19 of those. Her goals-against average (1.38) and save percentage (.949) are both top-five nationally and both are already better than her numbers through 20 games a season ago -- when she was an All-American and the WCHA’s top goaltender.

“Goaltending is so important in this league,” Scanlan said. “Everybody seems to have a really good goalie, and she’s just been outstanding. I feel very fortunate that she’s here.”

MowatBritni1516_UNDScanlan, a former goalie and two-time All-American himself for the Beavers in the early 1980s, said that while he appreciates having a lights-out goaltender, he doesn’t get very technical with her -- he just lets her play.

“The position is played so much different,” he said. “I don’t mess around with telling her how to play. The biggest thing with her is her work ethic. She’s an outstanding young lady. she works hard, she’s humble and her team plays really really hard for her. You can’t ask for a better situation.”

Mowat, for her part, is more excited that her team is right where they’d like to be at the end of the semester -- third place in the WCHA standings and in prime position to host a WCHA playoff series on home ice for the first time ever.

“I think we won all the games that we needed to,” she said. “The only games we lost were the teams ahead of us. We’ve done everything we can. We just have to keep going and keep the momentum.”

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Mowat has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre.

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In The Crease

Romijn A Star For The Hawks

GDI would like to congratulate GDI Goalie Kadynce Romijn on being awarded a game star at this past week's Female Bantam AAA Showcase. Kadynce is currently playing AAA hockey for the Pembina Valley Hawks as well as AA ringette for the Manitoba Magic. Kadynce trains with GDI through the Total GDI Academy. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Question of the Week

What NHL goaltender will put an end to Patrick Kane's point streak?

Send us your answer by tweeting us (@gdigoaltending), post a comment on our instagram (gdigoaltending) or post your answer to our Facebook wall. ______________________________________________________________________________________ tweet of the week gdi goaltending From @WayWayWolver "Martyniuk with another absolutely beauty save. This kid is making his presence felt with his new club!" Follow us on Twitter @GDIGoaltending _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

VAUGHN EQUIPMENT DEMOS

Are you looking at getting new equipment? Ask us about our Vaughn demo equipment. We have many different sets of Vaughn equipment that are available for you to demo during your 1v1 lesson at GDI Goaltending. Contact us at info@gdigoaltending.com if you have any further questions

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TESTify Performance is a new addition to GDI and The Rink. For more information on TESTify Performance Click Here ______________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday Mental Training Tip GDI GoaltendingMake sure to check back at gdigoaltending.com on Tuesdays to read the Tuesday Mental Training tip. ______________________________________________________________________________________ The Weekly Word - The Rink Training Centre GDI PrairiesHead 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 & Tyler Fehr and Monday reports on skill development are written by The Rink's Dave Cameron. _________________________________________________________________________________________

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