by: Dallas McDougall
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hockey - just a microcosm of the bigger battle called life. Both filled with a roller coaster of joy,
adversity, and everything in-between. They present circumstances that present a choice and a chance to triumph. Not many have faced as much hardship as one of AAA hockey's own
coaches, Scott Coates. Last week Scott was presented Cisco's Hockey's Hidden
He was just 16-years-old with a
potential hockey career in the WHL ahead of him when both of his parents passed away. It
was just a year later when Scott became a paraplegic from a diving accident and
was told by his doctor that he would never walk again.
In the face of adversity Scott
defied the doctor's expectations, working from wheelchair to walker and
eventually a cane. He is now in the midst of a 23-year coaching career and a
full-time job educating and assisting paraplegics. His current years have been
spent with the City Midget Warriors who have had the privilege to be shaped by
his knowledge in both hockey and life.
"He's a tremendous hockey person,"
Hockey Winnipeg vice-president Russ Cassidy said.
"He's got an impressive resumé,
and for young fellows, he absolutely is a role model and an inspiration. He's
got a lot more to overcome than any of our other coaches, and the kids really
enjoy being with him and having him as a coach."
''I am extremely humbled that my
story was recognized and our team was awarded the grand prize,'' said Scott. ''It
takes a lot of hard work, but feels great to coach and instill passion for this
amazing sport with our young players. I'd like to thank Cisco Canada for this
opportunity and hope to continue doing meaningful work with my Winnipeg
Congratulations to Scott Coates and
the Warriors for the well deserved award for contributing countless hours of
dedication and effort to help other people on and off the ice.
DC Prospects players
by: Winnipeg AAA
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hockey Winnipeg is pleased to announce the players invited to participate in the 2015 Director's Cup Prospects Tournament held May 1st to 3rd in Winnipeg, MB. A total of sixty players have been invited to participate, comprised of six (6) goalies, eighteen (18) defensemen, and thirty-six (36) forwards. Players will participate on mixed-regional rosters for the Director’s Cup Prospects Tournament providing an identical experience to the U-16 POE Spring Tournament and a key character building opportunity. Players will be assigned to one of the 12 teams and will compete in 4 games over the tournament weekend. Team assignments will be announced at a later date. Congratulations to all of the players!
Players listed by position then in Alphabetical order by last name.
by: Winnipeg AAA
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Winnipeg AAA Council is accepting
coaching applications for the 2015-16 season. The positions are for
"AAA" teams in both the Bantam 1 and
Bantam 2 divisions as well as City and Provincial Midget. To apply,
drop off your resume at the Hockey Winnipeg offices at 13-1100 Waverley
Street or email it to email@example.com. The application deadline is May 1st.
Western Canada Bantam Championships
by: Dallas McDougall
Monday, April 06, 2015
This final article of the AAA hockey
year will cover the last three games of the Western Bantam hockey tournament.
It's been such a fantastic atmosphere all weekend, showcasing some best teams
and players in competitive hockey in western Canada. Everyone who managed to
witness the competition would agree that this is the pinnacle of competitive
hockey at a young age with high compete level and true passion for the game. A
game that beyond the steam built up in high competition exhibits growth,
leadership, teamwork, and cooperation toward many individuals working at a
common goal. The St. James Civic Centre was the host to all this and more from
Thursday through Sunday.
Raiders 6, Warriors 2:
At this point in the tournament the
North Shore Winterhawks had solidified a spot in the Gold medal final.
Meanwhile the Rocky Mountain Raiders and Winnipeg Warriors battled on Saturday
afternoon to determine whether they were fighting for Gold or Bronze.
The Warriors came out the gate with
a mean, hard-hitting style of play, out working the Raiders physically. The
Raiders offence, full of finesse and firepower, displayed great passing and
shooting attributes, along with a consistent cycle and crafty work in tight on
The Raiders won the period 2-0, with
Peyton Krebs and Joe Krahenbil scoring goals 30 seconds apart early on in the
In the second the Raiders continued
to dictate the pace, having speed and quick sticks on the forecheck causing
turnovers in the Warriors end. Brendan Benoit's quick reflexes stoned any
potential scoring opportunity.
The Warriors battled to generate
offensive chances of their own, causing Rocky Mountain to take penalties. They
had little success on the man advantage, until a much-needed goal scored by Ben
Coppinger came in the final minutes of the period.
Another power play was given to the
Warriors from an unsportsmanlike call on the Raiders part. This was just what
they needed to set up a beautiful top right corner shot by Justin Nachbaur off
the draw from Coppinger to tie the game at 2-2. This designed face off play had
benefited the Warriors once before against North Shore.
The Raiders opened the flood gates
in the third period. Within the first 7 minutes of the period they changed the
course of the game, scoring 3 quick goals, distancing themselves from any
chance of a Warriors come back. 5-2 now the Warriors did not back down, pulling
Benoit with 8 minutes left in the period. Although they managed to maintain
puck possession until the 4-minute mark, it was not enough and Zach Huber
finally found the net to finalize the game at 6-2. Solidifying the Rocky
Moutain Raiders spot in the Gold medal finals against the North Shore
Warriors 6, Terriers 4 (Bronze Medal Final):
The Warriors were not about to go
home with out any medals and that hunger was shown in the first period. Their
work ethic allowed them to maintain puck possession for the most part and Kyle
Lang was the first to strike for the Warriors early on.
Benoit continued his solid play as
he had done all tournament, turning away Yorkton chances left and right. The
only goal in the period from the Terriers came off the power play from Zach
In the second period, Warriors
forward Justin Nachbaur finished where he left off in the first, scoring his
second of the game 15 seconds in. This gave Yorkton no choice but to pull their
goalie after a 4-goal deficit in such a short time.
At this point the physical play was
at its peak. Both teams were under each other's skin, throwing big checks in
the corner at any opportunity. With 10:53 on the clock Kyle Lang completed his
hat trick, from Ben Coppinger on his third assist of the game.
The rest of the periods pace was
slowed down, however the Warriors continued to stay organized and move the puck
with efficiency. Yorkton attempted to stop the bleeding with a late goal
keeping the game at 6 - 2 heading into the final frame.
In the third the Warriors continued
to play a laid back defensive game with less urgency on the attack.
Unfortunately this gave Yorkton some room to generate speed and scoring
chances. Yorkton scored twice more and the game finished at 6-4, the Winnipeg
Warriors clinching the Bronze medal.
Congratulations to the Bantam
Warriors organization for a well deserved medal in a long journey to the
biggest tournament in western Canada!
Winterhawks 6, Raiders 0 (Gold Medal Medal Final):
The Gold medal game was a high-speed
contest, featuring the Rocky Mountain Raiders and the North Shore Winterhawks.
The Raiders team stacked up front with great skating, passing, and shooting but
lacking size. While the Winterhawks sported a more complete package, full of
size, power, and skill showing more discipline systematically than any team in
Both teams had strong starting
goaltenders that were solid all tournament. In their round robin match up it
was goal for goal until the end of the second period when Jackson Shepard
potted the game-winning goal for a 3-2 final.
The first period of play was back
and forth in the neutral zone. The Winterhawks chipped pucks deep and drove
hard to the net on the attack while the Raiders made the pass or skated the
North Shore's style proved to
benefit them, outshooting the Raiders 18 - 3. The flurry of shots eventually
beat Riley Kell twice before the end of the period for a 2-0 lead after one.
In the second the Winterhawks
continued to wear down the Raider offence, giving them difficulty entering the
zone even on the power-play. The Winterhawks had their first tally early to
increase the lead. Tyler Ho took it upon himself to score two more goals and
give his team a commanding 5-0 lead going into the third.
The third period featured a quiet
game due to the Winterhawks 1-2-2 prevent system, forcing the tired Raiders
defense to skate. This created frustrations that lead to more penalties and
helped the Winterhawks score once more and ride out into the sunset as the 2015
Western Canada Bantam Champions.
thanks goes out to everyone on the committee and the volunteers who made the
tournament a huge success!
Western Canadian Bantam Championships
by: Dallas McDougall
Saturday, April 04, 2015
It was a packed house at the St. James
Civic Centre for most of Fridays match ups and everyone was treated to some
high caliber, fast paced hockey. The Brandon Wheat Kings took on the Yorkton
Terriers while the Winnipeg Warriors had their hands full, with Yorkton in the
morning followed by an evening game against the North Shore Winterhawk
The Brandon/Saskatchewan game was a
high scoring contest. The first period was kept at 2-1 with a nice solo effort
from Brandon's Lynden McCallum, but after Yorkton's Keanan Sperling opened up
the scoring in the second period they took a commanding 5-1 lead.
The Wheat Kings showed great tenacity
and determination, giving it their all in the third and scoring two goals back
to back. This made it 6-3, unfortunately too little too late and the Yorkton
Terriers solidified the win with an additional goal to finalize the game at
In the final game of the night, against
a team said to be bigger, faster, and more talented that any team in the
tournament - the Warriors stepped into the spot light and took the Winterhawks
head on in a low scoring chess match.
The first period saw even matched play
with possibly the most exciting and tightly played game of the year. The
Warriors shut down every effort brought from the Winterhawks and turned it up
the ice into great chances of their own.
The goaltending was on point the whole
night from both sides of the ice. In the midst of technically sound systems it
was tough enough for either side to get shots through a lane to the net.
Brendan Benoit and Donovan Buskey turned away all pucks flying in their radius,
to no surprise seeing as these two teams have the lowest goals against in the
The Winterhawks continued to show
strong passing and shooting skills, executing flawless cycle in the corner. Jet
Woo and his defensive core did and great job all period of playing man to man
down low and closing off any lanes to the net.
It took a nice a face off win from Ben
Coppinger and a beautiful shot from Justin Nachbaur to beat the North Shore net
minder and take the lead 1-0, coming out on top in the first frame.
In the second period the North Shore
Winterhawks came out with blazing team speed on the fast break, however the
Warriors managed to match their pace.
Caiden Daley showed off some dazzling
stick work in the neutral ice and gave North Shore trouble in the offensive
zone driving hard wide, using an impressive reach to keep it out of the
Justin Nachbaur's big bodil
also gave the opposition troubles on the forecheck, turning pucks over for
chances on the attack. Jet Woo also showed stand out efforts, never giving
North Shore forwards breathing room, which was exemplified with a huge hit on
their top player Jackson Leppard.
The pace of the game was hindered by a
man advantage for both sides one after another, slowing down the play
temporarily. With no success on the either side, North Shore continued with
their momentum with a surge of pressure in the final 2 minutes. The Warriors
weathered the storm, heading into the third period up by one.
In the third the Winterhawk's systems
showed their first sign of weakness, breaking away from their unified play
trying to make it work with individual efforts offensively.
The Warriors showed great composure the
whole game, sticking with the game plan and shutting down all opportunities. It
only took one mishap in the Warriors end with five minutes to spare that gave
North Shore's Jackson Leppard the space he needed to rip a quick wrist shot
For the rest of the game the Warriors
were on their heels, however the game ended in a tie sending both teams home
with a point and making todays match ups much more crucial for a championship
final birth on Sunday for Winnipeg.
Today's game at 3 pm between the Rocky
Mountain Raiders and Winnipeg Warriors will be the most crucial game yet!
Player(s) of the Game:
Warriors: Brendan Benoit
Winterhawks: Ethan Cap
Western Canadian Bantam Championships
by: Dallas McDougall
Friday, April 03, 2015
Once every 4 years Winnipeg gets the
opportunity to host and witness a tournament with top teams and players at the
Bantam AAA level across Western Canada. It's an atmosphere that attracts
provincial representatives, committee members, media coverage, scouts, crazy
hockey parents, and just plain old hockey fans. Welcome to the 2015 Western
Canadian Bantam Championships.
Yesterday featured the opening
ceremonies as well as three games. The first was between the two Manitoban
teams, the Winnipeg Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings.
Brandon managed to strike first,
scoring at the end of the first and second periods. The Warriors pushed hard in
the third and completed the come back with 1:21 left in the third. The game
concluded in a tie, leaving the local teams with a point a piece.
The second match up of the day was
between Saskatchewan and Alberta. Unlike the first game, this was a sprint to
the finish line. Alberta came out hot scoring 4 in the first period while
Saskatchewan responded with one. The offense continued to open up throughout
the rest of the game. Each team scored three more, and Alberta came out on top
The final game of the night was between
Brandon and the North Shore Winter Hawks (BC Team). The story was all BC from
start to finish, winning in all categories of the game. Size and speed alone
was a lot more than the Brandon squad could handle.
This was accompanied by great puck
skills and technically sound systems as well as dominance when battling for
loose pucks in front. The Winter Hawks executed the hinge pass to the weak side
in the neutral zone effortlessly all game.
Brandon experienced much difficulty in
the physical department and their breakout struggled under the pressure with
lanes taken away by B.C. The game concluded at 7-0, while the Winter Hawks
finished with six players having multi point games. Jackson Shepard and Jackson
Leppard led the game in points, putting them at the top of the point race in
Player(s) of the game:
Wheat Kings: #11 Keagan Morrison
Winter Hawks: #10 Jackson Leppard
This morning the Winnipeg Warriors
played against Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan) coming out with a 3-1 victory. Peyton Malcolm
got the Warriors off to a positive start scoring an unassisted goal at 15:49.
It took the Terriers two minutes into the second to get on the board to keep
the game tight. The Warriors went on to score two unanswered goals to seal the
deal. First by Isaiah Cockerill and then from Rylan Bettens, both accompanied
by helpers from Captain Jet Woo.
by: Wnnipeg AAA
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Winnipeg Warriors defeated the
Brandon Wheat kings 2-0 in the best of 3 to claim the Provincial Championships.
Game 2 Saturday March 28 Warriors 4
Brandon 2 Warriors win 2-0
Game 1 Friday March 27 Warriors 5
Brandon 2 - Warriors lead 1-0
GOW2: Monarchs 3, Warriors 1 - City MIdget Playoff Finals
by: Dallas McDougall
Friday, March 27, 2015
Monday, March 23rd the AAA playoffs were concluded with the last
Monarch/Warrior rivalry, taking place at the MTS Ice plex in the City Midget
division. In the previous game, with the series tied at 2-2, arguably the hardest
fought battle of the playoffs took place.
the Warriors coming out taking a commanding 3-0 lead, the Monarchs desperately
clawed their way back into the game sending it to overtime. Both goalies stood on
their head and it took an exhausting four additional periods to decide the
winner. The Monarchs came out on top to lead the series 3-2 going into Monday
After putting so much effort into
the last game you have to wonder how much fight these teams have left in them.
10 periods of hockey within 48 hours takes its toll on the body. Both teams
came out energized with a great crowd in the stands bringing the noise. Neither
team was showing any signs of fatigue.
Early on in the first period a power
play shot from the blue line opened up a rebound that was tapped in after
Matthew Radomsky turned away a flurry of shots. He played a big part in
weathering the storm from the Monarchs forecheck. While not having any
difficulty with direct shots, deflections and bounces off the back wall helped
the Monarchs find the back of the net.
Despite giving the Monarchs lots of
momentum, the Warriors took their game to the next level and had great chances
of their own, without any success. The Warriors sent a message that they
were not going to go down with out a fight, which was made clear by Nicholas
Doyle who laid crushing hits on anyone who stepped into his corner.
The Monarchs main source of energy
was coming from captain Tyler Campbell's line which hounded pucks in the final
minutes hemming the Warriors in their zone, concluding the period up 1-0.
The second period saw more dominance
from the Monarchs side. They continued to come with tons of speed and the
bounces were in their favor, winning puck battles and receiving calls from the
refs for the extra man 3 times.
The Warriors frustration was
evident, at one point taking back-to-back penalties. Their passing lanes were
taken away making the only options to skate, dump, or chip the puck into open
ice. Again Matthew Radomsky went to work this period to keep his team in the
game, showing great poise on odd man rushes, deflecting the rebounds into the
The Warriors built up some steam in
the last five minutes with a great push in the offensive zone. Ryan Hall was
solid all night and practically a third defenseman out there at times. The
Warriors came hard on the defensemen trying to tire them out with a dump and chase
but Hall was there to put out their fire. On many occasions he stepped out of
the net and moved the puck directly to the forwards or high off the glass. One
of these plays resulted in a late goal from the Monarchs forward Eric Lecuyer
in the final minute to extend the lead to 2 goals after 2 periods.
The potential for a come back in the
third period was eliminated at 14:11, when Thomas Hansell scored his second of
the playoffs creating a 3-goal margin. The Warriors gave everything they had utilizing
all their tools, with crushing hits and hunger on the forecheck. The Monarchs
handled this for the most part but the pressure started to wear on their
defensemen. On a great effort in the final minutes, Codey Beaulieu drove wide
down the right side showcasing impressive speed and lifting it top shelf to
beat Ryan Hall.
The Monarchs went into shutdown mode
emerged victorious as the Champions of the City Midget division!
Congratulations to all the players and coaching staff on a great playoff run.
by: Dallas McDougall
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
a commanding lead in the series, there is always the unspoken fear of
complacency that crosses the leaders mind. The saying has been used already,
but I can't help but use it again. The hardest thing to do in a playoff hockey
series is put a team away. And again it rang true in classic fashion on
Saturday, March 21st at the Maples Community center in the Bantam 2
a 3-0 lead in the series the Monarchs came out showing no signs of holding
back. Unfortunately, it came to a screeching halt with a high hit, putting
Connor Tyhy awkwardly into the boards and eventually out of the rink on a
stretcher. Nobody wishes that on any player, no matter what the stakes. Thankfully
it was only a minor injury.
This gave the Warriors a
5-minute power play, only to be cut in half by a penalty to make it 4-on-4.
The regular play in the period
featured a great show of hard work on both sides, battling in the neutral zone,
each team trying to utilize their speed on the transition. The Monarchs won the
battle for offensive zone possession most of the period. Their attack opened up
the defense for great shot opportunities.
Going the other direction, the
Warriors also made a great effort but had difficulty finding a clear lane to
the net. Net minder Jacob Cramer easily handled the shots that did get through.
Notable contributors from the Warriors were Brayden Clark, Reece Vitelli, and
Miguel Tetreault who all had chances and gave the Monarchs trouble on the
forecheck. The game was scoreless at the end of the first frame.
The second period got off to a
much faster start. Quick puck movement through the neutral zone by both teams
would lead to high speed scoring opportunities that within seconds would change
direction for a chance the other way.
The Monarchs had a series of
power plays that did not seem to click in the passing department, but managed
to keep the pressure on with even strength and score the first goal of the
game. With a nice behind the net pass from Eric Fawkes to Luke Seremet,
immediately pulling the trigger in tight just above the crease.
Eric Fawkes was
the common denominator on a second Monarchs goal in the final seconds of the
period. Warrior's keeper Brody Lawson did a great job making the first, as well
as the second save only to let the third shot from Tristan Thompson in the net.
The Monarchs took a 2-0 lead going into the third.
third was a roller coaster full of emotions for everyone including the players
and coaching staff. 2-0 is not a friendly lead. The Monarchs continued with
their game plan, picking up where they left off in the second. One chance the
other way and the tables turned when Luc Masse put in an unassisted goal with
15:41 on the clock, giving new life to the Warriors squad.
The two teams compete level
was at its highest point in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Monarchs entry
and point blank opportunities made it seem like the game was locked away but
with 1 minute left in the period, the Warriors went all in with an empty net.
shear determination of captain Brayden Clark was proven once again when he
willed the puck in the net with .3 milliseconds on the clock. Unbelievable. The
comeback was completed and the Monarchs were in disbelief as their once 2-goal
lead with 20 minutes left had been erased.
whole building was now at the edge of their seats, with such evenly matched
chances in overtime there was no telling who was going to come out on top. The stage
was set for glory and the only thing missing was a hero. Noel Scantlebury was
in the right place at the right time and more than willing to step into the
roll, driving wide alone and beating Brody Lawson with a shot from an unlikely
angle short side to clinch the 2015 Bantam 2 Championship.
to the Bantam 2 Monarch organization on a well deserved Championship!
GOW: AAA Playoff Final Action
by: Dallas McDougall
Friday, March 20, 2015
article is a special edition featuring lots of action in the AAA hockey world.
the divisional finals are underway and only two organizations are left
standing. The Monarchs and Warriors, in all three divisions are in a race to 4
City Midget series after last night is tied at 2-2 with the Warriors coming
back to win two games straight after the Monarchs took an early lead. All contest
between them have been close for the most part, only to open up in the 2nd
and 3rd periods. Last nights game was a turning point in the series
and the score speaks to that, as it was an absolute nail biter, with nothing on
the board until they traded goals in the third. The overtime hero was Dylan
Stockl, 1 minute into OT to keep the series tied.
The Bantam 2 series is at 3-0 for
the Monarchs after a convincing 7-2 win last night. The first two games have
been filled with hard-hitting and tight defensive play. Although the Warriors
have out shot the Monarchs, they still managed to get more points on the board
even though they had frequent visits to the penalty box.
The Bantam 1 series has been an all out war of
unscripted drama. Each night can go anyway depending on momentum swings, and
even when the hockey gods appear to be swaying towards one team, the tables are
turned. Scenarios like two short-handed goals in the third period of game 1 to
help the Warriors prevail. Both teams going on two game streaks only to be tied
at 2 all before Tuesday's game, where the Warriors came out on top in a crucial
game to go up 3-2.
brings us to the main feature of the article, the last two games of the Bantam
match up had great compete from both sides, with a great level of compete and
extremely defensive systems.
Warriors early on pressured with a 1-2-2, forcing the Monarchs defenseman to
skate the puck and limiting the speed on the breakout.
The Monarchs countered with a more traditional
2-1-2 forecheck, forcing the defense to make a smart decision because the walls
are taken away while forwards like Riley Stotts sharked for turnovers.
This style of play made for a chess match for
the first half of the game. The scoring chances were limited on both sides of
the ice and the aggressive Monarchs checking was picked apart by the Warriors
defense lead by smooth puck moving and solid plays on the puck by Jet Woo.
wasn't until the last 10 minutes of the second period that the Warriors potted
3 goals, 2 of which came immediately after two Monarch power plays.
third period featured a frustrated Monarch team who had to kill off numerous
penalties, preventing them of getting any chances of their own. The Warriors
capitalized twice more, sealing the game and a 3-2 lead in the series.
Warriors tasted blood and were hungry in Game 6. In the first period they came
out and found the back of the net within the first two minutes thanks to Justin
rest of the period however was a fairly even bout although the Monarchs did
hold the majority of puck possession in the offensive zone. Warriors
goaltender Brendan Benoit kept cool in all situations handling the shots that
came his way.
The Warriors were coming with hard
two-man pressure making it very difficult for the Monarchs to make a clean play
out of the zone. The period concluded with a man advantage for the Warriors,
creating more momentum in their favor.
continued into the second period and like the first, Warriors capitalize on a
point shot from captain Jet Woo.
Down 2-0 now, the Monarchs raised
their compete level, exchanging big hits and offensive chances. The Warriors
did not give Riley Stotts' line much room. With the last change they line
matched with the Daley and Woo line, which made it hard to make a play in the
neutral or offensive zone.
Overall, the Warriors controlled the
flow in the period through disciplined systems and relentless fore-checking.
The final period opened with two
quick goals from both respective teams making it 3-1. The Warriors consistency
and speed on the attack began to wear at the Monarchs core, dominating puck
possession and scoring opportunities. Unfortunately the Monarchs took an
unnecessary penalty out of frustration to dig them into a deeper hole.
4-1 the Warriors slowed down the final 5 minutes with the 1-2-2 forecheck,
taking away the middle of the ice. The Monarchs did not go down without a final
attempt. They pulled their goalie with 4:36 left to push with an extra man. Although
they managed to maintain puck control it was not enough to give them a sniff of
a game 7. Riley Stotts managed to score with last 30 seconds to make it 4-2.
The Warriors reign as the new Bantam
1 champions! Next up are the Provincials, followed by the Western Canadian
Game of the Week: Warriors 4, Sharks 2 - Bantam 2
by: Dallas McDougall
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The first period was a scoreless contest,
which saw aggressive forecheck's from both sides forcing each other to make the
tough play to get out of their zone.
The Sharks had the most success on the
attack due to their ability to make the simple play under pressure put on by a
hard-hitting Warriors forecheck, lead by captain Brayden Clark.
The last 6 minutes of the period featured
an abundance of great scoring chances for the Sharks, but failed to put any
points on the board. Chad Harrison weathered the storm with great rebound
control and help from his defensemen clearing bodies in front of the net.
The Sharks continued their roll from the
end of the first, dominating possession and time on attack. With great
offensive chances and blistering shots, eventually the Sharks defenseman Josiah
Vanderhooft capitalized on a shot that trickled over the shoulder of Chad
Harrison 5 minutes into the frame.
The Warriors struggle to move the puck
through the neutral zone forecheck, getting little time in the offensive zone
and fewer scoring chances. The Sharks did a great job preventing the Warriors
from playing their game, which involves lots of speed and skill when entering
the neutral and offensive zones. Instead the Sharks used their size and
well-organized forecheck to force plays and lay the body at every
Later in the period the Sharks struck again
with a beautiful goal by Jack Stewart only to be answered immediately on a
lucky break for the Warriors. This was a huge goal to keep the Warriors in it
and they road the momentum for the final four minutes of the period, ending 2-1
for the Sharks.
In the final 20 minutes the Sharks saw a
completely different Warriors team. Attacking with some great speed, the Sharks
had little time to breathe and even less time with the puck on the attack.
The Warriors were relentless until finally a
solo effort off the draw from captain Brayden Clark beat goal tender Dylan
Arnold short side to tie the game 2-2. The Warriors took a penalty that gave
the Sharks a chance to halt the onslaught but could not capitalize.
Even strength again, the Warriors pressed
on and with 6:02 left on the clock Reece Vitelli managed to pull off a heroic
wrist shot beating the Sharks tender glove hand, while the defender took his
legs out from underneath him - the sharks cannot believe it.
The Sharks failed to answer back. The Warriors sealed it with an empty
netter to win this crucial game 4-2 and keep the series tied at 2-2.
Game 5 in this series will take place 8:30 pm
tonight at the Maples, following the other Bantam 2 series where the Monarchs
are up 3-1 with a chance to eliminate the Hawks.
Game of the Week: Hawks 6, Selects 1 - City Midget
by: Dallas McDougall
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Being neck-and-neck in the standings this
year, the series has exceeded expectations, with two of three games undecided
in regular time. While the Sharks handled the Lightning swiftly, and the
Monarchs and Warriors wait with bye-weeks, everyone was tuned into the action
at the MTS IcePlex Sunday, March 1st.
The first period was a tightly played chess
match, each team playing their system and trying to force the first mistake. With
14:04 on the clock Eastman's Jonah Cook struck first, his second in the
The compete level was in hockey playoff fashion;
both teams traded hits, scoring chances, and words of wisdom - so to speak. The
Hawks speed and grit on the forecheck weaken the Eastman as the period went on
and it paid off with a goal at the 9 minute mark by Dylan Burton, a huge
contributor on the night in all areas of the game.
The Hawks followed up with an additional
goal a minute later creating a huge momentum shift. The Eastman continued to
struggle with the Hawks defensive zone forecheck, with lanes taken away and a
stick or a body on each white and black jersey. The first period concluded with
a score of 2-1.
The second period opened with great
back-and-forth play. The Hawks kept up their brand of hockey, making it very
hard to generate chances for the Selects offensively gifted forwards who had to
resort to funneling pucks to the net and looking for rebounds from the wall of
Theissen. The sin bin had many visitors this period due to frustrated and tired
plays. 18 total penalties were handed out!
defenseman played a huge role for transitioning the puck on the attack, giving
the Hawks forwards lots of chances with fast paced zone entry. It was not until
there was 8:20 left in the period that the Hawks capitalized with a second
consecutive goal from big forward Nicholas McCartan.
An additional goal was scored shortly after
creating a three-goal spread and a dagger to the hearts of the Eastman Selects
who immediately called a timeout to attempt to stop the bleeding. The Hawks
maintained the 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
It's been said that one of the toughest
things to do in playoff hockey is put a team away. For the pride of a hockey
player would rather fight than sit back and accept defeat willingly.
The Eastman Selects did not go down without
testing Hawks goaltender Logan Thiessen. He maintained a calm demeanor, whether
it was making the big save or the short flurries amidst traffic in front he
stuffed the Eastman and their hopes of a game five.
The third was a Hawk dominated period with
no shortage of weight thrown around from both sides. The Selects did have a few
chances in the first half and made a great push but it was too little too late.
Dawson McKenzie and Preston Phillips added the 5th and 6th
tally's to a 6-1 win and semi final birth against the top ranked Monarchs.
The next two City Midget playoff series start tomorrow,
March 4th at the IcePlex with the Hawks taking on the Monarchs @ 6:40 pm and
the Warriors facing off against Sharks @ 9:00 pm!
Game of the Week: Warriors 6, Hawks 3- City Midget
by: Dallas McDougall
Friday, February 13, 2015
Warriors came out trigger happy, taking their offense to the Hawks doorstep at
the MTS Iceplex on a cold stormy evening, Tuesday, February 10th.
This period saw four unanswered goals from the Warriors, with a goal from Tyler
Cormier (11) in the first four minutes followed by three quick goals in the
last six minutes in the period.
Despite the early stumble out the
gate, the Hawks did not go away early. They came out playing their brand of
hockey with lots of pressure and finishing checks. This slowed down the
Warriors speed on the attack, making for an even time of possession of the
puck. Kaden Kotowich in particular had a huge impact for his team, hitting
everything that moved and eventually capitalizing on a beautiful power-play
goal that beat goaltender Matthew Radomsky. The Warriors answered back with a power-play
goal of their own keeping the lead at four. The pace then rose to the next
level for the last five minutes of the period. Lots of fast breaks for both
teams and a great compete level in the corners creating tension, which lead to
some jostling in between whistles. The score going into the 3rd being 5-1.
the third the Hawks came out flying, throwing the body at every chance
deliverying crushing blows. The Warriors didn't hesitate to push back and after
outworking the Hawks for the first five minutes of period, a break was given to
the Hawks who capitalized on the chance! The Warriors responded once more,
again maintaining their league. The game was a heated feud right up to the end.
Final score was 6-3.
Gold = $6,000 and would receive a full page ad; postings on the Hockey Winnipeg web page, the AAA web page and the tournament web page; press conference included as the main/premier sponsor (largest signage); banners at all venues; 10 tournament passes; ceremonial puck drop at gold medal game; arena signage on placards at all games.
Silver = $4,000 and would receive a full page ad; postings on the Hockey Winnipeg web page, the AAA web page and the tournament web page; press conference included as the second tier sponsor (minimum signage); banners at all venues; 6 tournament passes; arena signage on placards at all games.
Bronze = $2,000 and would receive a half page ad; postings on the Hockey Winnipeg web page, the AAA web page and the tournament web page; banners at all venues; 4 tournament passes; arena signage on placards at all games.
Game of the Week: Monarchs 9, Interlake 3 - Bantam 1 East
by: Dallas McDougall
Sunday, February 08, 2015
was a hockey Saturday at the Iceplex with a number of games on all rinks; the
Remax featured the first and last place teams in the Bantam 1 Eastern division.
The Monarch's showed their dominance right of the bat, with quick puck movement
and speed down low. Goaltender Adam Swan faced 14 shots while his team only got
2 on net. The Monarch's numerous scoring chances gave them a lead of 3-0 to end
second period kicked off with an Interlake power-play, which was capitalized on
to make it 3-1 and keep the game close. This seemed to be a motivator for the
Monarchs as they picked up the pace once again, lead by their team captain
Riley Stotts who put on a clinic and had 2 beautiful goals. The rest of the
period saw two more Monarchs goals making for 4 unanswered on the period
propelling them to a 7-1 lead going into the third.
The third period wasn't much
different. Adam Swan was under siege once again but did a great job seeing and
stopping the first puck, battling for his team right to the end. The Lightning responded with two goals late in the period to try and stop the bleeding but the Monarchs
capitalized twice more, ending the game with a final of 9 -3.
Game of the Week: Central Plains 8, Warriors 7 - Bantam 2
by: Dallas McDougall
Sunday, February 01, 2015
The first period was spirited
battle; the Capitals came out with a hard fore-check and physical play, making
it tough for the Warriors to play their style of game. The hard work was
reciprocated for the Caps as Brody MacDonald (1) and Joey Moffatt (37) both
capitalize for a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
There was a clear change in the
Warriors team game in the second when they showed their speed and offensive
prowess, dominating puck possession, great on the cycle down low, leading to
numerous scoring chances. 15 seconds was all it took for the Warriors to avoid
a goose egg, scoring off the opening face off. However, the Caps managed to
answer back to keep it at 3-1. The rest of the period was more Warriors and
frustration penalties taken on the Central Plains part. This aided the
Warriors, completely turning the tables making it 5-3 going into the third.
If you know the history between these
two teams this season, you know what’s next. And history repeats itself. In the
first half of the period Central Plains came out hard scoring 3 quick goals,
all of which had Joey Moffatt (39) and Logan Calder (22) involved. Both players
finished the game with hat tricks, Moffatt with a total of 7 points, while
Calder had a total of 6. The Warriors seemingly scored at will to keep them in
the game and it was tied 7 -7 in the last two minutes when Moffatt thread the
needle on a feed to Calder to go up 8-7 and clinch their first win of the
season against the Warriors.
Game of the Week: Parkland Rangers 4, Pembina Valley Hawks 2 - Bantam 1 West
by: Dallas McDougall
Monday, January 26, 2015
Both teams came out battling hard with
an even amount of scoring chances. The Hawks capitalized early, but with a man
advantage late in the period the Rangers brought it back to par. The period
concluded with score tied at 1-1.
The hawks made it loud and clear to
start the 2nd that this is their barn, trying to give the team the edge with
lots of noise and intensity. Kolby Morrissean (33) had an immediate impact,
putting a lid on their energy with his assist followed by a goal, stretching
the lead to 3-1 within the first three minutes of the period. The Hawks pushed
back, drawing two back to back penalties; one resulting in a power play goal
from Kolton Shindle (23). Reece Hopfner (6) capped off the period with a
beautiful 1-on-1 and top shelf finish to make it 4-2 for the Rangers heading
into the third.
The third period, much like the first
featured great fast paced hockey. It was back and forth, each team
playing tight defensively. The Rangers have a little more size but this was made
up by the physical play from the Hawks. No goals were scored in the third
resulting in a final of 4-2.
by: Winnipeg AAA
Friday, October 04, 2013
Although the goaltender statistic are currently showing save percentage the information is not accurate. In order to have the goaltender information show on the team page, shots on goal have to be entered and at this point 30 per game are being put in. This is being looked at to have the actual numbers provided