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:

 

GDI Power Hour Clinics on in January and February!

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.   ___________________________________________________________________________

3 GDI Goalies Land in NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings:

3 goaltenders land in the NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings released today. Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips was the 11th ranked goaltender in North America. Lotz was ranked 4th within WHL goaltenders as Eric Comrie, Tristan Jarry, and Patrik Bartosak placed before him. Both Kootenay Ice goaltenders, Mackenzie Skapski and Wyatt Hoflin ranked 18th and 31st respectively. For the full list of ranked players visit here: CSS Mid Term Rankings ___________________________________________________________________________

Irving Wins Calgary Flames Backup Role:

“It’s awesome,” said the 24-year-old from Barrhead, just northwest of Edmonton. “No better feeling. It’s taken a lot of hard work and a few obstacles along the way, but I couldn’t be happier. “Obviously you have your doubts every once in a while, especially when things aren’t going right. But I just stuck to the process. I knew what I was capable of. I was just focused on getting back to myself, playing my game, and I really feel I’ve done that lately. “I know the contract situation, and the way the start of my season was going, I knew I had to do something special to really prove I deserve to be here.”
“There’s rumours that he’s ready to play 48 (games),” mused Irving. “I know he’s capable of it. I’m gonna be ready every night. Take that approach. Every practice is going to be like a game for me. That’s how I have to approach this. “Being similar in size, I can learn a lot from him. Not a big goalie himself, Kipper’s very efficient, has great reflexes and very calm in the net. I can’t catch myself sleeping in practice, watching him the whole time.
“I came here and took every day very seriously. I didn’t want to waste a day. I think the little bump in the road in Abbotsford is a good thing for me.”
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Penalty Kill Specialist Jason Kasdorf Helps RPI to Back-to-Back Victories:

TROY – The RPI hockey team began this weekend in 12th place in ECAC Hockey. They left the ice Saturday night with back-to-back victories over nationally ranked teams and alone in seventh place. The Engineers scored a goal in every period and rode the hot goaltending of freshman Jason Kasdorf (34 saves) to a 3-2 victory over 16th-ranked Cornell in front of 3,550 fans for the first sweep of their central New York foes at Houston Field House since the 1998-99 season. "We just felt that it was coming," RPI coach Seth Appert said of the team's first four-point weekend. "We weren't perfect tonight, but we earned the win. I like our team a lot. We survived that power play, but we weren't very good there. We gave them momentum and let them off the hook in the first. We didn't do a very good job killing that (12 shots). Fortunately, Jason Kasdorf did a very good job of killing that." To read more on this article Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________

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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Johnson Captures 7th Straight Win For Wild:

GDI trained Evan Johnson of the Winnipeg Wild recently captured his 7th straight victory for the MBAAA Winnipeg Wild. With a big past week Johnny was able to take down two proven tough competitive teams, the Winnipeg Thrashers and the Yellowhead Chiefs. Both games went the distance past 60 minutes deep into Overtime where the Wild were able to come out on top. Against the Winnipeg rival the Thrashers Johnson faced 26 shots and against the Chiefs 28. On the year he maintains a .936 Save Percentage and a 1.68 GAA. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Valliquette Leads Kodiaks:

Over the past three years the River East Kodiaks have gradually progressed to be one of the leagues top teams within the Winnipeg Free Press B Division for Female High School Hockey. This season the Kodiaks have been boosted by the individual performance of their goaltender. Sydney Valiquette boasts a miniscule 0.48 goals against average and seven shutouts in  12 games. When Valiquette first started out with the Kodiaks in Grade 10 she was peppered game by game with 40+ shots. The following season she helped her team mature and advance to the League Finals. This year the team has been one of the most dominant teams within the league and has continued to rise to the occasion to stay in 1st place in the league. ___________________________________________________________________________

Boes Shines Against Sask:

The Brandon Wheat Kings improved to 3-1-0 since the Western Hockey League Trade Deadline Saturday night with a dramatic 3-2 Overtime Shootout victory over the Memorial Cup Host Blades in Saskatoon. Stopping 11 of 12 shootout attempts by the Blades and pushing aside 43 shots in regulation Boes was simply sensational. “He was standing on his hand late in the third, late in the third after we had tied and they came at us for the last bit and he made a couple of great saves,” Brandon assistant coach Darren Ritchie told Bruce Luebke on CKLQ’s post-game show. “Even in the second, he made a couple of great saves and really kept us in the game the whole night.“Corbin’s a competitor, he wants to play and that’s what you want from your goalie. I can tell you one thing, he wasn’t happy not playing...he’s a guy that’s very intense and he wants to play.” For more on this article Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________
 

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