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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SLOW THINGS DOWN:

  One way to slow the season down is to place each month into segments. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves as goalies and think to far ahead. We look at our past experiences and then start to predict the future. Furthermore we look at our Long-term goals and wonder if we will make it there. It is key to realize that in order to reach our long-term goals we must look at what we are doing daily and what are planning to achieve within the week. We must look at if there is a road trip coming up how to prepare before hand. What teams are coming up and what we must be ready for. This view point of segmenting each month will be looked at more tomorrow in the Tuesday Mental Training Tip...   Remind yourself each day: Don't Look Too Far Ahead. Stay In The Present! __________________________________________________________________________      

Hockey Manitoba and Saskatchewan Hockey Association announced the Team West roster that will be competing at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge held December 28 – January 4, 2014 in Cape Breton, NS.

Selected in goal was GDI trained netminders Tyson Verhelst and Logan Flodell.

Logan Flodell is playing his second year with the SMAAAHL Regina Pat Canadians. This year he sits with a 5-2-2 record with a 2.28 GAA and a .922 Save Percentage. Logan has been training with GDI since 2011. He was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup played November 1 through November 4 in Calgary. He recorded a 2-0-0 record in two games played, stopping 42 of 46 shots he faced.He has been through GDI Regional Summer Camps in Regina and through personal one-on-one training sessions coming in to Winnipeg. Flodell was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2012 Bantam Draft in the 3rd Round, 47th Overall. Tyson Verhelst is playing with the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL this season. Playing his first year of Junior hockey he currently holds a 3-4 record with a .888 Save Percentage. Verhelst was drafted by the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL in the 2012 Draft. Verhelst has been training with GDI over the past three years through one-on-one sessions, Elite Performance off-ice sessions, and took part in the Total GDI Academy where he was at the centre weekly throughout the summer. Currently he comes in bi-weekly to train during the season for consulting with Spokane Chiefs Goaltending Coach Ryan Cyr. For more on the tournament roster and schedule Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________

Three GDI Goaltenders have been identified in NHL Central Scouting’s latest ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • B Rating – Austin Lotz -G – St. Adolphe, MB – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
  • C Rating – Ty Edmonds -G – Winnipeg, MB – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
  • C Rating – Alex Moodie – G – Winnipeg, MB – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
For more on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List Click Here. Looking at the games played over the weekend in the WHL the Spokane Chiefs took down the Prince George Cougars by a score of 5-2. Eric Williams stopped 24/26 for the win in this one while Edmonds suffered the loss allowing 4 on 29 shots. Homberg continues to rip up the WHL point leaders as he picked up 4 points on the night with 2 goals and 2 assists, good for first in the WHL by 7 points. Austin Lotz got some revenge after the last years exit in the playoffs. Everett grabbed a 3-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday. In this one Lotz stopped 26/28 and killed 4/5 Winterhawk Powerplays. With the victory, Everett moves into a tie with Portland for the U.S. Division lead at 34 points with one game in hand. Corbin Boes continues to help the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes hold on. On Saturday he stopped 27 of 29 in relief for Chris Tai against the Red Deer Rebels. Boes is 2nd in the league within the statistical category of saves just behind Eric Comerie, making 658 on the year so far as he has faced the most shots within the WHL at 737. Busy workload for the 20-year old! ___________________________________________________________________________

        It was a busy week in the MJHL. Games were in action from Tuesday to Sunday, starting off we will look at Fridays matchups. Neepawa Natives netminder Davy Fisher pulled one out of his hat as he captured a shutout as he allows nothing to get by him through regulation and then in the overtime and shootout. Fish stopped all 59 shots he faced for the 1-0 win. In the opposing end for the Winkler Flyers Mitch Maraschiello 40 and was in the same boat of holding a shutout until Riley Hillis got one by him as the 5th shooter for the Natives. Portage and OCN squared off on Friday night and I mean "squared off"! Goaltenders Taylor Joseph and Alex Henry went at it at centre ice. The story of the game was definitely the physical play. Both teams were throwing the body and trying to get an edge. We saw a fight between Braeden Jones and Rhett Law in the first, a scrap between Shawn Bowles and Brenden Barron in the Third period, and in the rare occurrence with just under 2 minutes left to play Henry and Talor Joseph left their nets, met and centre ice and went at it. Zac Robidoux and Brandon Beaulieu had to come into the game to play the last two minutes. For more on this game Click Here. Robidoux is now placed in a spot where he may start the next 3 games as Joseph is suspended. On Saturday night he took the opportunity and ran with it as he stopped 46 of 47 shots to help the dogs to a 5-1 victory over Swan Valley. Sunday night Zach Rakochy helped the Steinbach Pistons get back on track as they took down Divisional opponent the Winkler Flyers. This was the fourth time that both teams had met so far this year with Winkler not having much to show on their side as after this one they were 0-4 in the series. In this one Rakochy stopped 33 of 36 to help the Pistons capture at 4-3 victory to close out the weekend. In the BCHL Spencer Tremblay picked up his first win with the Chilliwack Chiefs as he stopped all but one against the Coquitlam Express. In addition he grabbed an apple for his first point of the year with the team. Tremblay was steady in goal for the Chiefs, playing in his second consecutive start with his new team. He faced a high volume of pucks as Coquitlam got 45 shots on net. They have a tough test coming up next weekend with a trip to West Kelowna, and a home matchup to follow against the Langley Rivermen. ___________________________________________________________________________

        The MBAAA Winnipeg Wild are on a tear as of late. After they got back from their tournament in Grand Forks they have won eight straight, which includes 5 shutouts within that mix for GDI Goalies Tyler Brown and Evan Johnson. Over this past weekend Johnson picked up a 31 save shutout over Interlake and Tyler Brown stopped all 14 that he faced for the zero over Parkland in a 8-0 win. Outside of Winnipeg, the Southwest Cougars goaltender Tyler Crowe was put in after the 1st period to replace Diaz and in turn helped the Cougars to a victory over Central Plains on Friday night. The next night he continued to keep the ball rolling as he helped his team take down the Eastman Selects by a score of 4-3. In the MFMHL the Winnipeg Ice and Winnipeg Avros battled cancer together on Saturday night. The teams faced off against each other wearing pick in front of 1,200 fans at the Selkirk Rec Centre. A total of $13,721.00 was raised The WPG Avros ended up taking this one by a score of 3-1. Each team has both of their goaltenders that have been trained by GDI. ___________________________________________________________________________        
From MJHL Neepawa Natives (@Nnatives): "Congrats to @Verhelst35 on being selected to Team West for the World Under 17 Challenge held in Cape Breton #brickwall @GDIGoaltending"
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From GDI Goalie Jeremy Link (@J_Link42): "It's a great feeling to win that one"
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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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