by: Dallas McDougall
Monday, December 07, 2015
On Thursday December 3rd, the
Monarchs and Hawks went to battle at Keith Bodley arena for the 5th time this season. The undefeated Monarchs have a big target on their back. The
Hawks have the will, skill, and grit to be the team to put the blemish on a
perfect 14-0 record. In a previous match up the Monarchs pulled through with
a 3-2 win, only sealing the deal in the final minutes of the game. This time around
was similar and nothing short of exciting, keeping the whole building on the
edge of their seat right up to the final buzzer.
With an average goal per game of 6.44 for
the league leading team, the Hawks had to prepare accordingly. One thing for
certain is that a run and gun game is not the way to win. The Hawks line up
seemed to be on the same page from the start. With tight fore-checking and
limited space it was difficult for the Monarchs to generate chances. Braden
Fischer capitalized once at the 10-minute mark and again in the closing minutes
of the period. Both goals generated from the smooth passing and puck handling
of Seth Jarvis.
In the second the Hawks did not appear to
be phased by the 2-0 deficit. The second period saw the highest level of team
speed and overall compete. The Hawks made the first push, letting the Monarchs
fall victim to their game play and simply out working them for any possible
Their hard work was reciprocated early on
when the Hawks cut the Monarchs lead in half, thanks to a solo effort on Carl
Ingalls behalf. This momentum lead to a goal to tie the game less than a minute
later on a rebound off a scrum in front of the net from Levi Thiessen.
Unfortunately the Hawks gritty playing
style caught up with them, leading to 3 consecutive penalties. The Monarchs
went 1 for 3 on the man advantage, largely due to the outstanding presence of
Noah Gilbert between the pipes, turning away many quality scoring chances. The
shot that did happen to beat him was a blazing point shot Hayden Forrest with
limited visibility. The period concluded 3-2 for the Monarchs.
In the third competition was heated and
both teams found themselves on the receiving ends of frustration penalties.
This slowed the fast 5-on-5 pace that dominated the game up to this point. The
Hawks struck first to tie it at 3, this time on the power play from Jack
The Monarchs pressed back unleashing a
flurry of pucks in Noah Gilberts direction who again flashed the leather in the
Hawks time of need. At 6:45 left in the period, point leader Seth Jarvis once
again stepped up to the plate on a well-placed shot to take a 4-3 lead.
In the final minutes the Hawks showed heart and sacrifice, diving to block shots, doing whatever it takes to get the puck out of their zone. In a final attempt with possession in the Monarch zone, the Hawks pulled their goalie for the extra man and had a great final run, but unfortunately could not convert and be the team to knock the undefeated off their pedestal.