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!

Moodie Captures 4th In A Row:

Back last season on December 16th of 2011 Alex Moodie was at GDI Prairies for a 1v1 sessions and was prepping for a game against the Yellowhead Chiefs for the next evening as he was in between the pipes with the Winnipeg Wild. A week later he was on his way to Saskatoon to play with the Saskatoon Blades. On December 27th he was put to his first test as he appeared in 20 minutes of action with the team. Sparking some attention by his brief performance, Moodie went on to see 12 more games with the Saskatoon Blades as he stayed with the team until January 21st and accumulated a record of 9-3-0. Now onto this year Moodie has been put in a similar situation with the Blades, Starting netminder Andrey Makarov is off with Team Russia in the IIHF World Junior Championships until January 5th. This has opened the door for Moodie to appear in more games as the season moves forward. From December 11th to the 15th Moods has racked up 4 straight victories for the Blades. Moving forward up to the 15th Moodie looks on to help the Blades to 9 more wins. ___________________________________________________________________________

Rakochy & Fisher Pick Up Back to Back Wins For Steinbach; Franchise Hits .500 Mark For The First Time:

The Steinbach Pistons finally reached the elusive .500 mark Sunday evening, defeating the Dauphin Kings 4-3 at the T.G. Smith Centre. Awarded with the games 2nd Star, GDI trained Zach Rakochy helped the Pistons capture their biggest win since arriving to Steinbach back in 2009. In a tough battle against Dauphin, Rakochy held the team in the game on several occasions as he was put to the task of stopping 23 shots in the 2nd period. As he built up a wall in the 2nd his team in front of him was able to get back in the driver seat an tie the game up at 2-2 heading into the third, and gradually move to taking the lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third period to take the game 4-3. "I would definitely say this is the biggest win to date since I've been here," says Pistons Head Coach Paul Dyck. "We hit a milestone, not just in the season but for our franchise that has never been .500."(Steinbach Online) For more on the game by Kevin Geisheimer of  Steinbach Online Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________

Saturday Night Was More Then Alright For Archibald, Fisher, and Henry:

The Dauphin Kings were on the road over the weekend as they started off going up against the Winkler Flyers. This one turned into a rough battle as the game was brought into Overtime.  The Kings took advantage late in Overtime as they took found a way onto the Powerplay and moved on to fire one past Flyer goaltender Reed Peters. On the night rookie netminder Brian Archibald stopped 28 of 30 to help Dauphin to a 3-2 victory. In front of 956 fans in Virden goaltender Davy Fisher was able to capture his first win for Steinbach since November 17th due to being out with an injury. Fisher made 26 of 30 stops on the night as the Pistons found a way to win on the road as they took the game by a score of 5-4. OCN Blizzard goaltender Alex Henry grabbed his 9th win of the year by taking down his previous Junior team for the 2nd time. Henry stopped 22 of 24 on the night for the 4-2 win. Currently he holds a .921 Save Percentage and a 2.70 GAA.
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THE WEEKLY WORD:

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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Looking For Ice Around The Christmas Break?

GDI Goalies! Need ice around the Christmas break? Look no further! The Rink Training Centre has put on a 3v3 tournament that will have some of the top competitors competing over the X-Mas break! To join and have a team put in for the 2nd Annual Christmas Classic email info@therink.ca to sign up! For the handout on the tournament Click Here..     In addition to the Christmas Classic, GDI Prairies will be announcing a Midget and Junior Prospect Clinic shortly! Keep an eye out for the announcement this week! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Wheaties and Thrashers Capture Shutouts Over The Weekend:

Brandon Wheat Kings goaltenders Tyler Gutenberg and Justin Holder team up to make one of the strongest tandems in the MBAAA League. Over the weekend both goalies captured shutouts as the team took down Central Plains in back to back games on Friday and Saturday night. Gutenberg stopped 22 shots and Holder pushed aside 23. With the double goose eggs the Brandon Wheat Kings move to holding a low 53 goals against in 26 games played, the 3rd lowest in the league. Over in the Eastern Division the Winnipeg Thrashers looked to take their 2nd win in a row out in Thompson against the Norman Northstars. Thrasher netminder Troy Martyniuk had a fairly slow night on an occasion where the Winnipeg Thrashers fired 51 shots against both Northstar netminders. Taking the game 5-0, Marty grabbed his 5th shutout of the season. Both the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Winnipeg Thrashers have all four goaltenders training at the GDI training centre year round attending bi-weekly training sessions during the season. ___________________________________________________________________________

GDI Takes Part In Project Echo Hamper Drive For Sam's X-Mas:

Sam's Christmas started approximately 10 years ago and has gradually sky rocketed into a large Christmas giving event for the city of Winnipeg! With a mission to improve the lives of Winnipegers Project Echo has done just that this year! This past Saturday GDI staff members Ryan Cyr and Dan Ferguson helped out with the cause and delivered three hampers to families in need. In the spirit of giving, Ryan and Dan helped spread an echo of positive energy to families in Winnipeg. Over 250 families were provided with hampers over the weekend as Project Echo helped spread some Christmas cheer. In addition to Sam's Christmas, Project Echo has just helped out in November for raising money for prostate cancer and mens health. The team of many, including GDI-The Rink and Elite Performance, had helped raise the 2nd highest amount in Manitoba. An astonishing $24,000.00 was raised by Team Project Echo throughout the month of November! For more on Project Echo and for how to help out with different volunteer opportunities Click Here. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Did we miss something? If you know something we don't or have news regarding a friend, your son or daughter, or even about your own accomplishments please let us know! We love to hear about success stories! Email us at info@gdiprairies.com