Ty Edmonds is well on his way to becoming one of the top goalies in the WHL
Ty Edmonds is well on his way to becoming one of the top goalies in the WHL. "Their goalie was first star both games and rightly so, we thought that was the difference in the weekend," said Giants head coach Troy Ward. "We got good goaltending when we needed it and their goaltending was just a notch better because we obviously had some really good looks at scoring." Edmonds was spectacular at times and that drew loud cheers from the 2,469 in attendance. Not only did he take away the Giants' shooting angles but with his lateral movement, quick reflexes and several well-timed poke checks he bailed himself out of precarious positions numerous times. "It's just been a lot of hard work, a lot of perseverance, it's definitely not easy getting scored on a lot and not having good stats and letting the team down and you take it to heart," said Edmonds. "I did a lot of mental and physical preparation and it paid off for sure. Everyone bought into the system. Guys were blocking shots, they were being dedicated and did what we had to do. It wasn't just me." Witala's goal left him with 14 points and Harkins kept pace with two assists to move into the top three in WHL scoring with 15 points in 10 games. Erricson leads the Cats with seven goals. Another bright spot for the Cougars was their special teams play. They scored three power -play goals in the two games to jump from 20th overall to 15th in the WHL, successful 16.3 per cent of the time. They allowed just one power-play goal in 10 Giants' chances the two games but are still dead-last in that department, working at a 69.8 per cent success rate. The Triple-M checking line of Cody McDonald, Aaron Macklin and Tyler Mrkonjic, which has shown its willingness to stand in front of shots and take a hit to create a turnover has also shown its offensive upside. Coach Mark Holick has started using them on the power play lately and they've been winning games ever since. "It feels awesome, I felt we went out there and we played great and we really had to dig our noses in both games," said Macklin. "Eddy held us in there both games and it was great to see him standing on his head but it was a full team effort. Our power play really turned the game around and helped us win it." The Cougars' power-play success starts with quick players like the five-foot-seven, 181-pound Carvalho, who already has eight assists in 10 games. "When you're the size he is you have to move your feet and play the game with your legs and your head, and ever since that homestand with Kelowna he's been lights-out for us," said Holick. To more on this article Click Here. Ty Edmonds has trained with GDI for the past seven years as he has gone through countless personal one-on-one training sessions and several summers in the Total GDI Academy.