The Portage Terriers are excited to announce that graduating goaltender Noah Giesbrecht has committed to the University of Windsor (CIS).
“They have a good hockey program and what I am going to study, [business] they have a good program for as well” explains Giesbrecht. “I have a buddy who goes there who previously played for the Vancouver Giants. He told me it was a good school so I will be going there with him.”
The 20-year-old from Surrey, B.C. started the year playing for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. Giesbrecht came to the Terriers in December and instantly became one of the top goaltenders in the MJHL. He got into 16 games down the stretch and posted a 1.86 GAA, .925 SV% and 2 shutouts. Among goaltenders with at least 10 starts he led the league in GAA and SV%. He was also named the MGEU Goaltender of the Month for February and runner-up in January.
Once the playoffs started he was the Terriers’ “go to guy”. Giesbrecht started all three games against the Dauphin Kings going 2-1 with a .933 SV%. The season unfortunately didn’t end the way anyone wanted. “It definitely stings. We had a good series going on and a good rivalry. There is definitely some unfinished business” says Giesbrecht. “It was hard to hear especially for us 20-year-olds.”
Even though his time in Portage was short he still enjoyed it. “It was a great experience and a very well ran organization from top to bottom.”
After playing two seasons of junior A hockey, he says a key moment for him was from 2018-19. “The finals with Melfort was one of the highlights of my career. It would have been cool if we won, but it was a great experience in general with the atmosphere.”