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Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week?
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After being sidelined with an injury back on December 28th, Teagan Sacher was back between the pipes for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Sacher's first game back was in a relief appearance against the Kootenay Ice. With the Hurricanes being down 5-1 after the first, Sacher was put in to start the second.
Sacher made 23 saves over the final 40 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the Hurricanes to make a comeback as they dropped the game 8-1.
The following night, Sacher found himself in the starting lineup for the first time since that injury. The Hurricanes were taking on that same Kootenay Ice team that they played the night before.
Sacher showed no signs of rust in this one, as he made 30 saves for the Hurricanes. Despite his strong effort, Sacher and the Hurricanes would lose this one 4-2.
Sunday saw two GDI Goalies face off between the pipes, as the Everett Silvertips were visited by the Spokane Chiefs in 1 of only 2 games going on in the Western Hockey League.
Austin Lotz and the Silvertips took this close contest by a score of 3-2.
Lotz didn't have a ton of work but came up huge when he was needed.
"Austin Lotz made a clutch pad save on WHL leading scorer Mitch Holmberg at the side of the net to keep the Chiefs off the board and maintain the one-goal edge."
Lotz finished the game with 16 saves and was named the third star of game for his key saves.
Garrett Hughson who was the busier of the two net minders, stopped 23 of 26 shots against in the loss.
Both Lotz and Hughson were busy on the penalty kill as they both faced 6 opposing power plays. Lotz and the Silvertips killed off all 6. Hughson and the Chiefs managed to kill off 5 of 6.
Zac Rakochy had a great month in net for the Steinbach Pistons. Rakochy was named the MJHL's MGEU Goalie of the Month for the month of January.
" The 20-year-old from Canora, Sk, recorded four wins last month ? three of those shutout efforts. Overall, he posted a 4-5 record, with a save percentage of .925 and GAA of 2.00."
Rakochy has been training with GDI for years through clinics and personal lessons.
Tyson Verhelst had a strong game in net for the Neepawa Natives Wednesday night.
Verhelst didn't allow a single shot past him in a 2-0 victory over the visiting Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
With making 30 saves for the shutout, Verhelst was also named the game's first star.
Another goalie earning a star during the week was Adam Vander Linden of the Winkler Flyers.
Vander Linden made 44 saves in a 4-1 win over the visiting Dauphin Kings. With his strong play, Vander Linden received third star honours.
It was a busy week in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League as the regular season wrapped up on Sunday. It came down to the wire for a few teams with their Sunday games deciding whether they would make the post season or not.
It was also a strong season for GDI goalies in the league this year. 8 of the top 9 goalies in stats were all goalies who train regularly with GDI.
Evan Johnson of the Winnipeg Wild posted his 7th shutout of the season in a 9-0 victory over the Eastman Selects. Johnson made 26 saves in the win.
With 7 shutouts, Johnson tied his Winnipeg Wild goalie partner Tyler Brown. Johnson and Brown combined for an impressive 14 shutouts on the season.
Saturday the Winnipeg Thrashers visited the Interlake Lightning in Teulon. GDI Goalies Ryan Kubic and Hunter Ploszay faced off in this one. Kubic came out the victor stopping 28 shots for the 5-1 win. Ploszay who despite turning away 39 shots, was saddled with the loss.
It was a wild Sunday afternoon between the Winnipeg Thrashers and Norman Northstars, with both teams combining for a total of 101 shots on net.
Troy Martyniuk of the Thrashers was able to hold off the Northstars for the 7-4 win. Martyniuk made 51 saves in the game stopping a lot of great Northstars scoring chances.
Luke Penner was also busy on the afternoon, stopping 39 shots in the Northstars final game of the year.
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