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!

GDI PROGRAM NEWS:

2 Spots Remaining For In-Season Academy!

From January 9th-February 20th the GDI In-Season Academy for Wednesday mornings takes place once a week from 7:00am-7:50am. Currently there is two spots available to join. The academy features 7 different topics throughout January and February and includes video analysis for each ice time. To register please email info@gdiprairies.com  

GDI Power Hour Clinics are starting up January 12th!

As the stress on a goaltender builds throughout the season to perform and compete to the best of their ability on a day to day bases, it is important for a goaltender to keep their game focus on the areas of their position that they CAN control. GDI Power Hour Clinics are just what a goaltender needs to refresh their approach to the position before playoffs. For more info Click Here.

Terriers Iwan & Wiebe Grab Back-To-Back Wins:

Starting the weekend off on January 4th Mitch Wiebe was put to the test as he defended the Portage net in Selkirk's barn as both Addison Division rivals went head-to-head. With many match-ups in the past, including previous MJHL Finals, being hard fought intense games this one on the other hand seemed to be in the Steelers favor. Well, if it wasn't for Mitch Wiebe maybe the game would have been. The Terriers rookie goaltender was put to the test and came up big as he pushed aside 39 of 40 shots to pull in a 4-1 win. The next evening the savior Adam Iwan went in and continued the Terriers winning ways as he shut out the Winkler Flyers 4-0. Not letting Winkler fly away with this one at home, Iwan stopped 10 in the first and proceeded to do the same in the 2nd along with pushing out 9 in the third. The Terriers are now three points back of Selkirk and still have 5 games to catch up on to hopefully pass steel town and inch their way closer to get in front of the Winnipeg Blues. ___________________________________________________________________________

Hewitt & Sacher Help Pats Achieve 5 Game Winning Streak:

Back on December 29th the Regina Pats played their second game back after the break and were able to take down the Moose Jaw Warriors by a score of 5 to 1. Moving forward they continued to stay on the success path as they beat up on Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Prince Albert, and Brandon. 5 W's in a row against 5 Conference teams/4 teams from their division... not to shabby! Both GDI Goaltenders Matt Hewitt and Teagan Sacher have been standouts on the team as they have helped the Pats to steal points on several occasions. The team as a whole has been playing well, and with an added piece to the puzzle both goaltenders have had all of their victories with game Save Percentages above .900. Matt Hewitt currently holds a record of 11-15-1-2 on the year while Teagan Sacher stands at 7-6-1. ___________________________________________________________________________

Lotz Stops 33 of 35 To Steal One From The Chiefs:

Grabbing his 8th win of the year with the Everett Silvertips Austin Lotz decided it better come against his longtime goalie coach Ryan Cyr! Lotz has worked with Cyr since 2009, where he attended his first GDI one-on-one lesson on August 4th - opening day/first lesson of the GDI Prairies Training Centre - a little history for you readers! After holding the game at a score of 3-2 Lotz was awarded the games 2nd Star for his strong performance in net. The next evening Spokane was on a mission to recover and take a win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. In an end-to-end kind of game Chiefs veteran goaltender Eric Williams came out on top as he stopped 34 of 36 to take the victory for the team. ___________________________________________________________________________

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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Ty Edmonds Returns To MJHL Oil Capitals After World Under 17 Hockey Challenge:

Ty Edmonds recently returned to the MJHL Virden Oil Capitals after Team West finished their final game of the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge on January 2nd. Edmonds was called upon to play in 3 games for the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Squad. The 1996 born netminder finished the last game with a stellar performance as he stopped 30 shots and helped Team West make a push to beat Team Pacific. Even though they ended up losing 4-3 in Overtime, the battle between the two Canadian teams had Team Pacific losing out on a semi-final birth as they needed to beat West in regulation time in order to stay ahead of the Russians, who ended up as the second seed from Group A in the semis. Taking the Gold Medal was Team Sweeden as they beat the Russians 7-5. The Silver Medal went to Team USA as they were victorious over Team Quebec 4-3. For more on the U17 Tournament Click Here. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Awards A Plenty For #GDIGoalies:

With the monthly awards placed for many GDI Goalies for December we have accumulated a big list of guys and girls that were recognized by their leagues. Of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League goaltender Troy Martyniuk was placed as the top goaltender for October and November within Midget AAA Canada. The 1997 born netminder currently leads all goaltenders with the best Save Percentage at 0.945 and the best Goals Against Average at 1.22. The WPG Thrashers currently sit at the top of the MBAAA. For the Goaltender of the Month Award for December both Evan Johnson (Winnipeg Wild) and Justin Holder (Brandon) received nominations. In the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League GDI Goalie Kristen Campbell received the Goaltender of the Month award for December. For the month the 1997 born goaltender recorded 3 wins and 1 loss. The 4 game span included 2 shootouts and only two goals getting past her. In addition, Campbell helped the Westman Wildcats place in the Top 4 out of the Female Midget teams that played in the Mac's Tournament over the Christmas break. In the Manitoba Junior Hockey League GDI Goaltender Brian Archibald captured the Rookie of the Month Award as he had 3 wins and 1 loss in December. Longtime GDI netminder Adam Iwan also captured the Goaltender of the Month award as he had 4 wins, 2 losses, 2.5 GAA and 0.923 save percentage. In the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League netminder Shaun Gerbinski of the River East Royal Knights captured the Goaltender of the Month Award for December. In his first year in the league Gerbs has came in accumulated a record of 5-3-2-1 while maintaining a GAA of 2.62 and a Save Percentage of .931. This past years Gerbinski played with the Winnipeg Thrashers of the MBAAA Hockey League and finished 2nd in the league for goaltender statistics. ___________________________________________________________________________

Brett Friesen Coming Up Big Over The Weekend For The Chiefs:

The ones that find a way to win are the ones that are known to be counted on. Lately, the Yellowhead Chiefs have found this in rookie netminder Brett Friesen. Over the weekend Friesen helped the MBAAA Yellowhead Chiefs to four points as they captured a victory in a shootout on Saturday night and then on Sunday in overtime. The first victory came against the first ranked team the Winnipeg Thrashers. As the Chiefs tied up the game late in the 3rd frame the game proceeded into overtime and then into a shootout. With the game on the line as the WPG Thrashers had two opportunities to end the shootout after the Chiefs missed the net Friesen was able to come up big in both occasions, including a miraculous diving paddle save as Ty Kraus couldn't put the puck into the open cage. Several rounds later the Chiefs were able to cap the game off in the 8th round of the Shootout for their 23rd victory of the year. The following night Friesen yet again found himself in a close match-up as the Chiefs went head-to-head against the Eastman Selects. After 15 minutes of play in the opening frame Friesen was put in to replace veteran Matthew Short who allowed four goals on eight shots. Going into the 2nd period being down 4-1 the Selects looked to have this one locked up. After killing off a penalty to start the period the Chiefs then started to put more on the board as they tallied up a powerplay goal at 16:51. From then on they went to work to gradually tie the game up before the end of the period. Friesen went on to backstop the team stopping 20 of 20 as he lead the Chiefs to back-to-back W's with a 5-4 OT win Sunday afternoon in Beausejour. With the help from Brett Friesen the Chiefs now sit at the top of the West Division Standings with 48 points. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________  

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