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 POE/Junior A Prospect Clinics and Spring Break Power Hour Clinics:

With just finishing the winter year, GDI Prospect Clinics provide goalies with an outstanding refresher course just before entering POE and Junior Spring Camps.
  • Three 50 Minute Ice Times
  • 3:1 Ratio (6 Goalies Total)
  • One Technical Video Session
For more information on GDI Prospect Clinics Click Here. Repetition, repetition, repetition – that’s the key to performing specific skills and tactics. A terrific complement to broader training services, GDI’s Power Hour – Specialty Clinics provide a narrow focus and enhanced detail on key goaltender-performance issues. Over Spring Break from March 26-28th GDI will be hosting 3 clinics and a video breakdown session to focus on three key topics. For more information on GDI Power Hour Clinics over Spring Break Click Here.   ___________________________________________________________________________

Lotz and Williams Play to a 1st Star Performance for their Teams on Sunday:

Both WHL netminders put a show on Sunday night. High touted Austin Lotz held his own in a 0-0 tie that went into Overtime. Through the 61:47 minutes of play he stopped 26 of 27 shots as the Everett Silvertips suffered a 1-0 loss, picking up a point for their efforts. After sitting out for several games Eric Willaims got back in-between the pipes for the Spokane Chiefs. Looking to make a statement in this one as his team marches towards playoffs he blew the Victoria Royals away with a stellar performance. On the night he stopped 37 of 39 to silence the home town crowd in Victoria,BC. With being outshot in this one the Chiefs took the game by a score of 3-2. Currently in the Western Conference the Spokane Chiefs sit in 4th place with 80 points and the Everett Silvertips sit at 7th with 52 points (tied with Seattle). ______________________________________________________________

Kim Kobar Commits to Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets for 2013-2014 Season:

The MFMHL announced that GDI Goaltender Kimberly Kobar of the Norman Wild has verbally committed to attend school and play hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets commencing in 2013-14 season. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is located in Superior, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior and has an enrollment of 4000 students. The Yellowjackets play in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and are currently ranked 9th in NCAA Division II-III. Kobar hails from The Pas, Manitoba where she is an honor roll student at Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute and plans on majoring in Science when in university. Kobar is in her 4th year with the Wild and faces an average of close to 50 shots per game and has maintained a .911 Save % this season. She is excited about the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to the Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets Program that is consistently a Top 10 team in the national rankings.e GDI Prairies would like to congratulate Kim on her recent commitment and look forward to helping her progress along the way heading into next season with the University of Wisconsin-Superior. ___________________________________________________________________________

Reed Peters Receives a Well Deserved MJHL Player of the Week Award:

Reed Peters of the Winkler Flyers has been named the Recycle Everywhere-MJHL Player of the Week, ending March 3. Peters, who hails from Morden, was outstanding down the stretch for the Flyers, posting a 4-1 record and GAA of 2.20. In a winner-take-all showdown against Selkirk for the final playoff spot in the Addison Division, Peters backstopped the Flyers to victory. In the final "winner advances to the playoffs" match-up between Winkler and Selkirk Peters stopped an outstanding 47 of 50 shots to hold his team in it for a 4-3 victory. Runner up for the award was another GDI Goalie, Corey Koop from the MJHL Steinbach Pistons. Koop has helped the Pistons to a 2nd place finish in the Addison Division. Koop allowed a low 3 goals against on 91 shots in his last three games of the year as he faced OCN, Portage, and Wayway. In addition he captured a shutout in his last regular season game of his career as a 20-year old in the MJHL... fitting as his first game in the MJHL was also a shutout. ___________________________________________________________________________

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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MBAAA Playoff Semi-Finals Set:

Starting this Wednesday the MBAAA Semi-Finals get underway. The stage is set for the Winnipeg Wild to play the Pembina Valley Hawks and the Winnipeg Thrashers to go head to head against the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pembina Valley Hawks take the cake for the season series vs the Wild as they won 3 and lost 1 through the four games both teams played. Although the Wild came up on the loosing end of things for three they did keep things close as all games were decided by one goal except for one. All four goaltenders bring a lot to the table in this one! Wild goaltenders placed 2nd and 5th respectively for statistics and P.V Hawks placed 7th and 13th. For more on how the teams matchup Click Here. The Winnipeg Thrashers took the season series four straight over their upcoming opponent the Brandon Wheat Kings. Both games at home for the Thrashers were lopsided 4-1 wins, but back in Brandon the Wheat Kings kept the Thrashers on edge as they took them to a shootout at the end of November and to a close 3-2 match in their last game that they faced each other back at the start of February. Troy Martyniuk and Ryan Brown of the Thrashers finished in 1st and 4th in the league for GAA and Brandon netminders Tyler Gutenberg and Justin Holder finished in 3rd and 6th for GAA. For more on the season series Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________

Sacher Stops 28 and Picks Up Victory for the Pats in Shootout:

Although the WHL club was officially eliminated Saturday from an already hopeless playoff picture, there was no sign of absolute defeat on the season on Sunday night. The Pats netminder Teagan Sacher went to work in the first period for this one as he stopped 13 of 14 to hold the score at 1-0 for the Brandon Wheat Kings. As the Pats kept it close they gradually went on to tie the game and bring this one into Overtime and then a shootout. Sacher went 3 for 3 in the shutout to capture the 4-3 victory and bring the crowd of 4,217 to their feet. The Pats (2435-3-4) moved up to 10th in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Moose Jaw and four up on Brandon ... Regina and Brandon finished their season series with four wins apiece. The Pats have a 4-2-0-1 record against the Warriors, with the final meeting slated for March 12 in Moose Jaw ___________________________________________________________________________

DJ Awarded CTV Sports Star of the Week for Big Upset:

GDI netminder Devan Johnson was recently awarded the CTV Sports Star of the Week Award. This season, the Stonewall Rams were ranked last in their division. That didn't matter when the puck dropped on the Winnipeg High School Hockey League playoffs earlier this month. The team knocked out St. Paul's Crusaders, the league's best and regular hockey powerhouse. The boys had a lot of help from their goalie who is also the only girl in the league. "I just love playing the position I do because I'm the last line of defence," said Devan Johnson, the 15-year-old female goalie. "It feels unreal to know that I can save a game or lose a game for my team." For the full CTV interview with Devan Johnson Click Here. Coming up her team looks on to play in a wild card game to move on and enter Provincials. DJ has been training at GDI Prairies over the past four years as she has attended GDI Prospect Clinics and countless one-on-one training sessions. The staff at GDI would like to congratulate DJ on her recent success and wish her all the best coming up! ___________________________________________________________________________  

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