Monday, March 28, 2011

Dishy Goalie Monday- Bryan Pitton

DGM is usually based on a feeling, some might call it intuition, I call it attraction. This week is special and features a repeat guest, Bryan Pitton. You might remember him from PokeChicks post "Pitton Goes Pipe-to-Pipe".

Pitton was brought to our attention by @msconduct10. He is a 23 year old prospect for the Edmonton Oilers and currently plays for the Oklahoma City Barons. Pitton has also played this season with G5H alum, Zane Kalemba.

Now I know you're all waiting for the photos, but we like to get to know our boys a little before we ogle them shamelessly. So here is 5 little tidbits on the admirable Mr. Pitton.
  1. When assigned to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, Bryan plays alongside his older brother Jason.
  2. He is from Mississauga, Ontario (allegedly the current home of Don Cherry).
  3. Was drafted in the 5th round #133 overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2006.
  4. He stands 6'2" and weighs in at 176 lbs. He has a wiry strength about him.
  5. He has dreamy bedroom eyes.
Wait the best part is right around the corner (or down the page).

With moves like these, I'd love to see a goalie dance off with @Geffman47.

*In game photos and videos provided courtesy of @MsConduct10.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Anton Khudobin: Мило, как кнопка

If Google translate can be trusted, that means cute as a button.


I have to admit that I'm aware our poor coverage of AHL goalies is an injustice to all our loyal readers. To make it up to you, I will share with a goalie who is hands down the most adorable thing to ever step on the ice.


This is Anton Khudobin. He's from Kazakhstan. He's also so cute it hurts your teeth.


He was given the nickname Dimples by his adoring fans in Houston. This interview with him might give you a hint as to how he earned it.

Did I mention he gives the most wonderful interviews ever? 

(The previous three photos, and the interview are courtesy of Sarah C. from Something's Bruin)

You may remember him from earlier in the season when, during a call-up, he had a few starts for the Minnesota Wild. During one of those games he was able to shut-out some team called the Vancouver Canucks.

I can't be the only one to have a "OMG, must cuddle" reaction to this picture (I do forget who sent it to me though, sorry).
For some silly reason the Minnesota Wild chose to send him to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline. Because an AHL goalie on a call-up shutting out the Canucks is no big deal I guess. This ended up benefiting not just Khudobin, but the Providence Bruins as well. He reacted to the new atmosphere by playing some of his best game all season going 5-1-1.

Both of these photos are courtesy of @unsportscomments
His style is decidedly unique. One of the best descriptions I've ever heard described him as a whirling dervish. Having seen him in action several times over the last few years I couldn't agree more. He can give you palpitations with his play, but honestly, it's part of his charm and it works.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cougar Time...Patrick Killeen

Love is such a fickle creature. Last night I went to the Florida Everblades vs. Wheeling Nailers game with @Swamphockey. It was supposed to be routine guest tweeting appearance and then 6'4" of deliciousness hit the ice.

Patrick Killeen's style is a little aggressive (he really doesn't like you in his crease) and he has the size to easily enforce it. He only spent one period in our end, but the connection was there (delusional). I promise.

Killeen is a rangy Pittsburgh Penguins prospect who has a gift at covering the bottom of the cage (seriously his legs go on forevvvvver).

We made googly eyes at each other (at least that's what I'm telling myself).

Pokechick (who could not attend) jokingly recommended via text, "flash him your tits." I did not want to win that badly.

While the Everblades lost 3-1, not flashing turned out best for all. Killeen is only a baby and will celebrate his 21st birthday on April 15th. *Sigh, Yes I am a dirty old woman.

No worries Everblades fans Bobby Goepfert is still #1 in our hearts and though it almost got me fired from my guest tweeting (intern my butt), I'll say it again "Bobby Goepfert is back in our end. No more fantasizing about the other goalie. #Goepfertbabiesonly"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dishy Goalie Monday- Jaroslav Janus

Alrighty folks here we go with another DGM. As I sit down to research and write these each week I've come to realize that the interleague goalies are traveling soldiers. One such goalie is Tampa Bay prospect Jaroslav Janus.

Janus has split his time this season between the AHL Norfolk Admirals and the ECHL Florida Everblades. The Slovakian cutie received his fifth AHL call up on March 18th, but was back with the Everblades for their Sunday game against Gwinnett Janus posted .92 SV% during the game and helped the Everblades win 5-3.

Now his traveling stamina is admirable, but he has some "other" talents. Janus has the ability to make me swoon during his warm-ups.

About 3 seconds after this photo was taken Janus will booty pop and my heart will skip a beat.

Janus, who speaks multiple languages sports his Slovakian heritage on the back of his helmet.

I've never seen a man look so good in pink.
*In game photos courtesy of @Swamphockey.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Quickie

Sharks at Blackhawks 3/14/11

MUST... RESIST... URGE... TO... BECOME...BLACKHAWKS... FAN. Oh lord, who am I kidding? Look at him.

Photo courtesy of Hockey Broad, who is supremely evil for tempting me to the dark-side.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My UntoWARD Thoughts

Untoward (adj): Not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society.

Yup. No better way to describe how I feel about Cam Ward.

Cam Ward

Neck scruff? Yes please.

Blackhawks vs Hurricanes 3/4/11

Amazing mask? Ohhhh yeeeaaahh.

Blackhawks vs Hurricanes 3/4/11

Adorable smile? Heck yes.

Blackhawks vs Hurricanes 3/4/11

Piercing eyes? I'll take 'em.

Yup, Cam Ward is all around delicious. You really can't blame me though. He leads the league in games played and was named one of this weeks three stars. How can you not love him?

And, we can't forget his penchant for amazing saves either.

All photos are courtesy of the magnificent Hockey Broad, please check out her awesome Flickr stream. Alos, check out her blog for an interview with perennial G5H favorite Bobby Goepfert.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dishy Goalie Monday-Mini Edition

I apologize, but there won't be a full DGM today. Life kind of got away with me this last week, but I'll drop you a picture to tide you over.
Your regularly scheduled programming will resume next week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Quickie


There are so many dirty jokes about this picture of Blackhawks prospect, and current Toledo Walleye,  Joe Palmer I can't choose just one. Any suggestions?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dishy Goalie Monday-Braden Holtby

Welcome to our late night DGM. Tonight we'll take a gander at Mr. Braden Holtby a goaltender for the Washington Capitals and their affiliate the Hershey Bears.

Holtby relieved Michal Neuvirth after the first period versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Braden Holtby is well known for his quirks and warm up routines and the frog impression he did upon taking the ice was no different.

This is a Goalie I have no problem picture doing a victory dance!
Video courtesy of LuvdCaps.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Adorable is His Middle Name

This year a new junior team came to town, and I have to admit, it's been a revelation.


Junior hockey goalies are one of the most adorable things ever. Now, they're no competition for pictures of adorable kittens...

funny pictures - What? Iz just gonna pet dem.
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But what is? Thankfully, these soon to be pros certainly make an effort.

My favorite fresh faced youngster is no exception.



This is Joe Keyser, and before you start worrying about the FBI knocking on your door know that he is 18.



He's put up some nice numbers in the  Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. His 3.28 GAA and .884 SV% have earned him goaltender of the week as well as two shut-outs.


And I can't forget how fond he is of the poke-check. Is there anything better than a goalie that loves to poke check?


(Two of my favorite photographs all year)

I bet I'm not the only one who can't wait for this adorable stack of pads to make it big now.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Quickie

I've said it before and I'll say it again.


There is no such thing as too much Bobby Goepfert.

By the way, if you didn't hear, and I'm not really sure how you missed it, Bobby G is now on Twitter. It's a spectacular as I thought it would be. The fact that he often replies when you @ him, unlike some players( *cough* Mike McKenzie *cough*), is just the icing, on top of the icing, on top of the cake, on top of the pie.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Seven-Ten Split, French Style

Today's goalie-licious post is 21-year-old Adrien Lemay from the ECHL Idaho Steelheads.

French-Canadian Lemay made his professional debut with the Florida Everblades last season, so featuring him on Going Five-Hole is extra nostalgic for miss Lady Byng.

If goaltending doesn't pan out, we bet he could one-up that little twig gymnast Shawn Johnson for the 2012 Olympics. Or maybe they should just date, their kids would be the human equivalent of Gumby.

(Big thanks to Ross for, yet again, making opening our email something we look forward to)

Before joining the Steelheads, the Quebec native appeared in 20 games for the Allen Americans of the CHL, with a couple of call-ups to the AHL Texas Stars. In net for the Americans, he registered a save percentage of 0.887 with a GAA of 3.31.

In his three games in Idaho, he's improved to a .921 SV% with 2.21 GAA.

And because everyone loves a goalie superstition, here's a video of Lemay in an Everblades sweater warming up against the (then-ECHL) Charlotte Checkers last season.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday Pick Me Up- Jason Labarbera

I discovered Jason Labarbera 1 week ago today. I was sitting in the St. Pete Times Forum watching warm ups when this piece of awesomeness started stretching. Now I didn't have my camera with me, but some creative facebook stalking of Caity Kauffman (@caitykauffman) has allowed me to provide photographic (yes photographic not pornographic) evidence.

Labarbera plays for the Phoenix Coyotes and currently sports the #1 on his sweater. He stands 6'3" and is from my favourite area of Canada (points for being from BC).

I submit exhibit A to the evidence.

Exhibit B is enough to get a dead girl going.

Have a happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

YouTube Gold

Over at my other blog, I post a video every Tuesday. While digging around for the perfect video I came across this one. I knew it was perfect for you guys.