Pats' Sacher and Thrashers' Martyniuk Grab Goose Eggs
On Wednesday night both Teagan Sacher of the WHL Regina Pats and Troy Martyniuk of the MBAAA Winnipeg Thrashers posted shutouts for their teams. Teagan Sacher turned aside all 28 shots he faced to post his first career WHL shutout as the visiting Regina Pats blanked the Kootenay Ice 3-0 in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday. Kootney outshot the Pats in all three periods of play but couldn't muster a goal in front of their hometown crowd in Cranbrook, BC. With Sach taking his first WHL shutout Regina also snapped a four-game road losing skid. “Sach gave us a real strong effort,” added Conacher. “He has to stop the puck but guys have to play in front of him too. They played with urgency in their game. They weren’t desperate. There’s a difference in the two. We did a good job clearing loose pucks. We were winning the battles in front of our net and putting the puck to safe areas so they couldn’t get second and third opportunities.” The Pats continue their four-game road trip on Friday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Saturday versus the Medicine Hat Tigers. They return home Tuesday for a meeting with the Saskatoon Blades. For more on the game and a full report by the Regina Leader Post Click Here. In the Manitoba Midget Provincial AAA League both Winnipeg teams faced off against eachother. GDI goaltenders defended each net as Troy Martyniuk stood tall for the WPG Thrashers and Evan Johnson closed the door for the WPG Wild. With strong performances by each goaltender it is evident that the Wild and Thrashers aren't troubled in the goaltending department. In their first match-up of the year the Wild outshot the Thrashers 27 to 18. As the game stood at zeros through two and a half periods it looked like both goaltenders were never going to be solved. At the 10:50 mark the Thrashers Ryan Gardiner turned around and fired a quick slap shot on net during the Powerplay and was able to create a rebound off Johnson which left Keegan Kolesar to pocket the rebound for the game winning goal. Both teams meet up again on the 10th of November at Gateway Arena. For more on last nights game Click Here. In unique comparison, both goaltenders have trained with GDI for a number of years and both came through the AAA system in Manitoba playing for the Winnipeg Thrashers. Teagan Sacher was the WPG Thrashers starting netminder in their Telus Cup National Championship run back in 2011 and in 2008 the WPG Thrashers Brett Martyniuk (Brother of Troy Martyniuk) had helped the WPG team to the Telus Cup Finals. The older Martyniuk also had a brief stint with the WHL Regina Pats.