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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CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLES:

  One thing that can be brought up to any goaltender, or athlete for that matter, is the point of Controlling the Controllables. With so many conflicting messages that can get to a goaltenders mind it is important that each goaltender focuses in on the factors that they CAN control. On Tuesday we will look at a couple examples of this... but, before then I want to bring you to something simple that you must do this week. THINK about your thinking. Dive into how you have been responding to factors that are outside of your control. The month of September can definitely be in a blur now but it is key that we must observe from a teammates perspective, from a coaches perspective, how we have been responding to the various areas that we have been facing to stat the year. The best athletes are critical of their personal game. They understand that their THOUGHTS lead to their ACTIONS.   Remind yourself each day: Focus on the factors that you CAN control. ___________________________________________________________________________

      20-year old league veteran Corbin Boes dethroned the Oil Kings as he helped the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory on Sunday night. Boes was peppered with 42 shots on net which included a 20 shots against in the 1st and 17 shots against in the 2nd period. Before this match-up Boes had stopped 44 of 47 vs the Kootney Ice in a 4-3 Shootout lose. In turn the Lethbridge goaltender was awarded the games 2nd star on Friday night and then the games 1st star on Sunday night. Regina Pats goaltender Dawson MacAuley stopped 32 of 34 in a tough 3-1 lose vs Kootney on Saturday night as the boys in blue search for their 2nd win of the season. Prince George Cougars 1996 born Ty Edmonds has been off to a great rookie campaign as he now has 178 minutes under his belt to star the season and a 2-0 record. On Saturday he helped the Cougars to a 3-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers. Leading the Western Conference early on is the Spokane Chiefs. The Red and White had their 4th win of the year Saturday night. Eric Williams stopped 15/16, allowing the lone goal against on the PK. Williams currently holds a .926 Save Percentage and 1.67 GAA while Garret Hughson has a .966 Save Percentage. Also undefeated in the West is the Everett Silvertips. Hoping to shake things up this year the 'Tips recently had a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Giants on Friday night. Lotz and Cotton each hold a victory to start the season. ___________________________________________________________________________

      Exciting week of Junior A Hockey. Lets start in the BCHL! Make it six straight wins and counting for the BCHL's West Kelowna Warriors. The Warriors led 3-2 after two periods, then managed to hold off a frantic push by Trail in the third. "They came hard," said Desautels. "We just stood our ground, and made sure we got pucks out and pucks deep." The Saskatchewan native added he`s excited for the promise the Warriors are showing early in the season. "Everything`s going right right now," Desautels said. "We`ve got a lot of skill, but our skill is working hard. We`re going to be tough to play against every night." For more on this article Click Here. Rookie goaltenders were hot in the MJHL. Zac Robidoux starred in his first MJHL game and also picked up his first 'W' and first shutout of the MJHL with the Portage Terriers. Stopping all 22 shots he faced and killing 7 penalties helped contribute to his success on Sunday night. Also on Sunday GDI Goalie Tyson Verhelst was awarded the games 3rd star in a shootout lose vs the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Verhelst stymied the Wolverines PP as he killed all 7 opportunities and pushed aside 36 of 37 shots through 65 minutes of play. This one took until round 8 of the shootout for the game to be put in the books. Recently traded from the Dauphin Kings to the Winkler Flyers, League rookie netminder Adam Vanderlinden had his first start that was a dandy. 37 shots were fired on the Winkler net and Vandy stood tall to push aside 35 and tally 2 points on the board for the Flyers. With the win he was also awarded the next start the following night on Saturday against the Virden Oil Capitals. MJHL Sophomore Brian Archibald helped the Western Canada Cup Hosts get back on track on Sunday night with a 5-2 win over the Winkler Flyers. Archy shut down the Flyers Powerplay and had a solid performance on the night with 20 stops for his first win of the 2013-2014 season. The Steinbach Pistons are getting things rolling to start the year. Nick Deery picked up three consecutive wins against Winkler, Neepawa, and then OCN by Friday night and then Veteran Zach Rakochy led the team to their 5th straight victory for a 5-0 start to the season. 19-year old Deery has stopped a total of 98/103 shots for a strong .951 Save Percentage to start the year. Sunday night had a battle between Addison and Sher-Wood Division Leaders, Steinbach vs. Virden. GDI Goaltenders Adam Iwan and Zach Rakochy both had very strong nights in this one. Both were tested close to even as Iwan faced 38 and Rakochy 36. Steinbach took this one by a score of 5-2... with the game being capped off with the final goal of the night being scored by an unpredicted point-getter... the Pistons netminder! Rakochy fired a hail mary bomb that was sent from the backwall down to the opposing teams hashmarks and into the empty net for goal number 5 and his first career goal. ___________________________________________________________________________

      MBAAA Winnipeg Goaltenders were announced this past week. For the Winnipeg Wild Veteran Evan Johnson will be between the pipes this year along with 1997 born rookie netminder Tyler Brown. For the Winnipeg Thrashers Veteran goaltender Troy Martyniuk is back in the nest along with WHL Vancouver Giants 1998 born Prospect Ryan Kubic. All four goaltenders took part in this past summers Total GDI Academy Off-Season training were they were on the ice three times a week with GDI staff for On-Ice Conditioning, Tactical sessions, and Morning Movement Conditioning Sessions. The MBAAA season starts up with the defending League Champions the Winnipeg Wild playing against the Kenora Thistles at the MTS Iceplex on Wednesday night. ___________________________________________________________________________        
From MJHL Goaltender Zach Rakochy (@imnotagoalie): "Well ..... That was pretty cool #firstgoal"
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From WPG AAA Bantam 1 Warriors Goaltender Nik Anderson (@Nik_Andy_30): "Hard work pays off"
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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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