vs Monarchs - Series at 3-0 for the Monarchs
Series Recap: The first two games were nail
biters with a combined goal total of 6 from the Monarchs and 4 from the Hawks. Head
Coach Neil Chow had his team working as a unit, shutting down the Monarch
offensive depth. In the third game it was one action filled 2nd
period that ending with a 3-1 lead for a 4-1 Monarch final thanks to a solid
game from Isaac Poulter.
Last Saturdays Bantam 1 Divisional
double-header kicked off with the Monarchs and Hawks. The Hawks had their backs
against the wall, down 3-0 in the series it was do or die. This was enough to
light their fire, coming out the gate hard, capitalizing first off a Chase
Barkely shot. Despiting gaining a timely man-advantage the Hawks were outworked
by the Monarch penalty kill. This Generated momentum for the last 8 minutes of
the period resulting in two Monarch goals from Mitchell Joss and Jonny Hooker
to go up 2-1 by the end of the first frame.
From this point on the Monarchs brought
their top game, not afraid to get in the corners with an extra playoff edge and
urgency. This gave them space for their puck possession and passing. The Hawks
had their own sparks of success when hemming the Monarchs forcing a tired
penalty resulting in the penalty shot for Brody Lubkey, who made no mistake
coming in alone on Medwick to tie the game 2-2.
Monarch Captain Jonathon Lambos established
his territorial dominance on the power play blasting the puck from the point
past Hawks netminder Teo Nocita.
In the third the Monarch stretched out the
play, many times slipping behind the Hawks defenseman with either a pass or
flip for the Monarch forwards to skate on for breakaways and two on one's. The
Monarchs scored two more goals to seal the deal on the 4-0 series sweep.
The Bantam 1 Monarchs and Warriors series kicks off on Saturday March 5th at Notre Dame Arena.
The series is two games in with a back-to-back match up taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Both teams so far have established that the repeat of last years match will be a bigger, faster, and stronger fight for glory. Both have scoring power, both have the depth as a team, the answer lies within each teams ability to execute their game. So far they have taken turns in that regard. The Warriors came out flexing with a four-goal second period. The final score was 5-3 Warriors. On Saturday the Monarchs displayed their prowess scoring two goals a period to overcome the Warriors 6-3. Game 3 take place on Tuesday March 8th at Notre Dame Arena.